Pitt's Dan Mason demoted

September, 16, 2010
9/16/10
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There's more fallout from the Jason Douglas, hit-and-run DUI charge at Pittsburgh.

Starting middle linebacker Dan Mason was a passenger in the car with Douglas when his teammate allegedly struck a pedestrian and drove off while intoxicated over the weekend. Mason wasn't charged in the incident.

But head coach Dave Wannstedt said Mason needs to learn to make better decisions, and he has stripped the sophomore of his starting spot before the Miami game.

"This is for his good," Wannstedt told reporters. "He needs to prove to me that he can do the right things and be accountable off the field, in the classroom and on the football field. When he does that, he will get his job back."

Max Gruder, the starter at strongside linebacker, will now move to the middle, while Greg Williams will flip from the weak side to Gruder's old spot. Tristan Roberts will start at weakside linebacker.

I picked Mason as one of my breakout candidates this season, and he's got a lot of talent. But clearly he still needs to figure some things out.

As for Douglas, who has been indefinitely suspended, don't look for him to return to the program. Wannstedt said that possibility was "in serious jeopardy."

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