Pittsburgh suspends Anthony Gonzalez

May, 25, 2011
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Pittsburgh backup quarterback Anthony Gonzalez has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The school did not release any other information.

But The Morning Call reports that Gonzalez was arrested for marijuana possession early Friday morning in Bethlehem, Pa.

Gonzalez, a redshirt freshman, appeared to have won the backup job behind Tino Sunseri after a strong spring. He received the team's Ed Conway Award as the most improved offensive player in spring practice.

This is the first serious disciplinary issue to become public under new head coach Todd Graham, and it will be interesting to see how he handles it. Dave Wannstedt's dismissal last year was based partly on the number of high-profile, off-the-field troubles that plagued the program last year. Graham not only had a mandate to clean that up when he was hired by athletic director Steve Pederson, but he promised to not tolerate any problems.

Pitt still has another backup quarterback option in redshirt freshman Mark Myers.

UPDATE: This story gets more interesting, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Syracuse receiver Jarrod West was with Gonzalez at the time of the arrest and will be cited for underage drinking. West and Gonzalez played together at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. There has been no word yet from Syracuse on a possible disciplinary action against West.

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