Pittman Suspended

Senior receiver Billy Pittman has been suspended for the first three games of the 2007 season for "infringement of amateurism rules", according to UT athletics director DeLoss Dodds. According to Pittman, he drove a friend's car for the duration of this summer, which classifies as an improper benefit.

Longhorn senior receiver Billy Pittman will miss the first three games of the 2007 season as a result of disciplinary action taken by Texas.

Pittman explained the situation in an official release from Texas:

"I want to apologize to my coaches, teammates, fans and everyone at The University for making this mistake. I was driving a friend's car and since he didn't have any ties to UT, I didn't think I was doing anything wrong. As soon as the coaches asked me about it this summer, I told them everything. I've been working through it with our compliance office for the past couple of months.

"I'm really disappointed because I was feeling good and hoping to convince coach Brown to let me play some against Arkansas State when they broke the news to me today (Friday). I want everyone to know I'm really sorry. It was an honest mistake and I'll do everything I can to make up for it."

Pittman was already listed as "out" for the season opener against Arkansas State because of a shoulder injury suffered in practice, but his suspension ensures that he will be out for at least the first three games.

A two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, Pittman has caught 69 passes for 1,206 yards and nine TDs over the last two seasons. The 6-0, 200-pound Cameron, Texas (Yoe HS) native has played in 26 games and started 21.

Texas head coach Mack Brown also released a statement, saying::

"I'm disappointed for Billy. We've coached him for four years and I am confident he wouldn't intentionally do anything to be a distraction to our team. We look forward to his return for the Rice game."

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