Tuesday, September 2, 2003 Updated: September 3, 11:16 AM ET
Rutherford investigated in nightclub incident
PITTSBURGH -- The attorney for Pittsburgh starting
quarterback Rod Rutherford says he wants to meet with the lawyers
representing the woman who claims the football player kicked out
her car window.
Attorney James Wymard says Rutherford is looking for a quick
resolution to the problems he faces.
No charges have been filed, but Pittsburgh police say they are
investigating whether Rutherford may have kicked out a car window
after approaching a vehicle that apparently contained several
Wymard says the situation could be resolved without any
On Tuesday, Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris wouldn't say whether Rutherford would be
suspended or disciplined for his apparent involvement in the weekend
incident at a nightclub.
"We are in the process of gathering information so we are sure
we know exactly what happened," Harris said Tuesday. "We're not
done. When we're done, we'll give you (the news media) our
Harris agreed the incident has become a distraction to the
10th-ranked Panthers, who didn't play over the Labor Day weekend
and open Saturday against Kent State.
"For sure, it's a distraction," Harris said. "I've heard
Rod's side (of the story). I want to find out everything. Until
we're satisfied we know everything, I'm not going to do anything."
Harris gave no indication when a decision on Rutherford's status
for Saturday's game would be made, but there was no indication
Tuesday that Rutherford wouldn't play.
"I'm not going to theorize until I get the facts and know what
the situation is completely." Harris said. "Until then, I don't
want to comment on it."
Rutherford, a senior, led Pitt to a 9-4 record and Insight Bowl
victory last season by throwing for 2,783 yards and 22 touchdowns.
His 3,181 yards in total offense set a Pittsburgh school record and
was the third highest total in Big East history.