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Running back Rushel Shell, who said in April he was transferring from Pittsburgh to UCLA, has contacted the Panthers' coaching staff about his intention of returning to the team, a source said.
|Rushel Shell, who had the second-most rushing yards on Pitt as a true freshman, has changed his mind and will not transfer with hopes of returning to the Panthers, a source said.|
Shell never enrolled at UCLA, a source said, which could make his return to Pitt less complicated. However, the source added "nothing has definitely been resolved" about Shell's return to the Panthers.
Shell's reason not to transfer to UCLA and to try and return to Pitt is because he has twin daughters living in Pennsylvania and decided the distance was too great, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Shell entered spring drills as Pitt's starter after rushing for 641 yards, second-most on the team, and four touchdowns as a true freshman in 2012. However, Shell left midway through spring practice to "work through some challenges," the school announced.
A few days later, on April 2, Pitt coach Paul Chryst announced that Shell had decided to transfer.
"I wish him only the best moving forward," Chryst said on April 2. "Out of respect for Rushel, his family and his privacy, this will be my final comment on the matter."
Two weeks later, Shell said he was transferring to UCLA.
Shell arrived at Pitt after setting the Pennsylvania state record for career rushing yards at Hopewell High in Aliquippa.