Door is open for Pitrucha to return as SOSU QB

DURANT, Okla. -- Less than 3 months after being suspended from the SOSU football team, quarterback Justin Pitrucha has a chance to return to the Savage Storm.

On April 22nd, Pitrucha was arrested along with 5 other people in a drug bust by the Durant Police Department. He was charged with posession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 2000 feet of a school, and promptly suspended from the football team.

In an interview with KXII Sports today, SOSU Head Football Coach, Ray Richards said that if Pitrucha can clear up his pending legal charges, and satisfy several other requirements set forth by the team, then he will be given a chance to reclaim a spot on the team.

"He's got to do certain things to earn his way back on this team. We do have a path for him, but he's got to do his part. If he does his part, we'll continue to monitor him really for the rest of his career. If he does those things, I think it'll be a good plan for everyone involved. We're in the business of helping kids, so I'm going to treat Justin as if he's my own son. I'm going to do the right thing for him and this football team. We want guys who do the right thing, so if he does everything should work out," Richards said.

Pitrucha is due back in court on July 17th, according to the Oklahoma District Courts website. The Savage Storm will have their first practice of the season on August 7th.


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  • by Conserned on Aug 7, 2008 at 05:16 PM
    Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone...Judge not lest thee be judged...forgive and forget...turn the other cheek...No one is saying that Justin is right and the school just always looks the other way, but the school is just trying to help and he has sacrariced and worked hard to be able to come back. No one publishes the good things he has done because that just would not be interesting enough to any of you. Yeah no one has commented on the stories where he is coming back and is not being charged with intent, hmmmmm interesting. I guess these hard core CRIMINALS need to be punished w/ every letter of the law. Oh well, its not like any of this changes anyones opinion, you have all alreay convicted him in your own minds. Innocent until proven guilty, guess that does not exist anymore!
  • by john Location: durant on Jul 24, 2008 at 05:53 PM
    First of all, for all you people just straight up hating on the QB, give it a break. Im so tired of reading about how you and your family can barely survive by sending their kid to school and oh how hard it is for your kids to work a job and go to school as well. For one, I am a former grad/player from SOSU and had a job the entire time while playing for SOSU. It can be done and its not that tough! ITS CALLED RESPONSIBILITY!!! I had a great career and loved every bit of it! AS for Justin, yes he has messed up quite a bit, but hopefully this last chance will get him straight again. The decision has been made and he is coming back. SOSU is still a great program and this type of thing happens all the time in college sports. Its not good, but it still happens. AS for you Richards and Baxter haters, you are jokes. They are two of the most respected individuals you will ever meet. They have nothing but good and positive intentions for SOSU. They are good CHRISTIAN MEN,so bak off hippocrite!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jul 16, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    I think he has a purdy mouth!
  • by mom Location: pottsboro on Jul 16, 2008 at 08:44 AM
    I'm sorry qualls, but they will never grow up as long as everyone keeps telling them they are kids! When a person reaches 18 years of age, they are considered an adult, whether you like it or not! They may be immature, but they have to face legal consequences like any other adult, and parents, coaches, etc. are not doing these young men any favors by telling them IT"S OK, YOUR STILL JUST A KID". They could get locked up for a long time for doing crimes that they may have gotten away with when they were 16 or 17. Like it or not, 18 is an adult and these young men and their families need to all grow up and realize "YOU CAN'T STAY A KID FOREVER!
  • by qualls on Jul 16, 2008 at 06:01 AM
    I am sorry mom, but college boys are not grown men, i have not seen one yet, they are still kids trying to grow up
  • by Anonymous Location: Whitesboro on Jul 15, 2008 at 06:14 PM
    To Ex SOSU player, ya ok your given money to go to school to play football. That is a privilege. You screw up by doing drugs, you should lose all of that! You get what you deserve. If your given a free ride you should walk a straight line. If you dont then you dont deserve for someone else to pay for your education. You are a joke!!!!
  • by SOSU Mom Location: Texoma on Jul 15, 2008 at 03:06 PM
    I had a former SOSU quarterback run into my vehicle on university property.He admitted to have been drinking at Jalepeno's then driving back to the campus.At the time he hit me he said he was watching the baseball game going on - rather than the street he was driving on.He didn't call campus security-opted to call 9 of his buddies to intimidate my husband & I.I called Durant police who gave me campus security,she showed up and deemed me at fault also,even though I was driving forward.The drinking and intimidation was over looked by campus security-twice.What kind of QB's does SOSU churn out? BTW - my son goes to SOSU. He doesn't party - but is an athlete. He is one of *several* proving you can be something without drugs or alcohol. I don't believe SOS needs Pitrucha. He made too may bad decisons so far and just makes the University look bad.
  • by SOSU Alumni Location: Oklahoma on Jul 14, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    Mr. Dozier, Puktrucha can get permission from the president to play again, SOSU doesn't need this type of person associated with the team or the school. He is a grown man and made the choice of doing what he did. If he gets back on the team that goes to show you what type of morals and ethics that the SOSU athletic departmet teaches its players and what kind of people they are. Maybe Coach Baxter isn't the upstanding Christian he claims to be!
  • by Mad Location: durant on Jul 14, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    Maybe the fundraisers and alumni that give money to the football program should keep their money this year.
  • by d Location: durant on Jul 14, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    If your only purpose for attending SOSU is to play football and you have no use for the education then maybe you need to go somewhere else. I'd rather see our football team go winless every year but graduate all of its players than to see them go undefeated and have the type of SCUM that is coming from there now. These individuals cast a dark shadow on the other athletes from the other sports who ARE going to class, who ARE working a regular job and still PASSING their classes not just the RECREATION classes. Word to the athletes who are just here for game time. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!
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