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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Pitt's Gunn suspended after arrest


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Pittsburgh starting linebacker Adam Gunn has been suspended by coach Dave Wannstedt following a weekend arrest.

According to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report, Gunn was chaged with resisting arrest, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public drunknenness.

"On Monday morning I met with Adam Gunn to discuss his involvement in a weekend incident that occurred off campus," Wannstedt said in a statement released by the school. "At the conclusion of our discussion, I told Adam he would be suspended from our team pending the resolution of this matter.

"This incident is both surprising and disappointing. Adam has always been a strong representative of our program and his involvement in this type of situation is very out of character. However, he knows and respects the fact that every member of our team must be accountable for their actions."

It is definitely surprising. Gunn is a senior who received a sixth year of eligibility this winter after breaking his neck in the first game of 2008. He has already earned his bachelor's degree and is pursuing his master's. I wrote a story about Gunn last month in which he talked about starting his own foundation for underprivileged kids. He seemed to have all of his priorities together. Still, we don't know all the facts yet in this case.

Should Gunn miss any time this season stemming from this suspension, Pitt will likely turn to Shane Murray or Steve Dell at the middle linebacker spot. It's a crucial position on the Panthers defense, and one that Scott McKillop played so well the past two years.

This is the latest in what's become a disturbing offseason trend at Pitt. Receiver T.J. Porter was arrested in February on a DUI charge, his second in a year. Receiver Jonathan Baldwin was recently charged with indecent assaul for an alleged incident involving a woman on a campus bus.

Wannstedt's program hasn't been known for off-the field disciplinary problems, but three high-profile problems in such a short period of time will definitely raise questions.