Pitrucha back on SOSU football team

The Southeastern football team has reinstated quarterback Justin Pitrucha who had been suspended from the team following drug charges a year ago. He was also removed from the team two years ago after becoming ineligible due to grades. He is now back practicing with the team.

Here is the release from SOSU:

Southeastern head football coach Ray Richards has announced that Justin Pitrucha will rejoin the Savage Storm football team after a year removed from the program.

“We feel that Justin has complied with everything that has been asked of him.” Said Richards, “He followed the necessary steps to get reinstated and has shown sincerity in his apologies as well as a sense of remorse for what he was involved in.”

“All student-athletes have the ability to apply for reinstatement to their respective programs following their dismissal,” said Director of Athletics Keith Baxter, “The Southeastern Athletics Appeals Committee looks at each situation and in this case felt that Justin had made the progress to have the opportunity to rejoin the program. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a privilege that needs to be appreciated and held in the highest respect.”

“I am confident in our coaches to make good decisions in regards to our student athletes,” continued Baxter, “Ray has put a lot of thought into this and I trust that his decision is what he feels is best in the long term for his program, as well as the department, the University and Justin. I don’t feel that any of our coaches would make a decision like this without those best interests at heart.”

In August of 2008 Pitrucha pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge and has since completed the terms of his probation.

“Justin will return as a backup with no special consideration,” said Richards, “He will have to earn his spot, not only with his play on the field, but also with his character.”

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  • by Judge Roy Bean Location: Oklahoma on Aug 19, 2009 at 02:58 AM
    "Blame Game" and "A Mother", you made your point, but keep adding on. Sounds like you have something personal against him or SOSU. All you are doing is losing your credibility. There is kleenex at the Dollar Store. You may wanna check the records of all students and see how many convicted felons are enrolled. I bet the percentage is a great more than the athletes, none of which have felonies, only misdemeanor mistakes, which is why they are classified as such. Blame game probably lost his girl to an athlete and A Mother probably has a son with no ball at all. Good Luck, Savages.
  • by Anonymous Location: Very Anonymous on Aug 14, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    They should not let him back, ever. This is somebody that did drugs and they let him back while others get a much harsher punishment. The punishment system of SOSU feels political.
  • by A Mother Location: Sherman on Aug 14, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    What about the boys they recruited to play? Do they not get a chance now? No they do not! They want someone with a criminal record to represent their team instead of a good clean kid with good grades. Wow! What is happening to SOSU?
  • by just a thought Location: sherman tx on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    funny how this guy was reinstated a couple of weeks after their transfer from all places SMU was ruled inelgible. is it worth to put your program in this situation to win games?
  • by Alum Location: Durant on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    Where is all the SOSU Alum Comments? Coaches and Admin at SOSU have Loyalty and Integrity Issues.
  • by blame game Location: durant on Aug 14, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    I'd rather see SOSU go 0-10 with an upstanding team then 10-0 with a bunch of thugs, thieves, and dopers that get free room and board.
  • by jack Location: abilene on Aug 13, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    maybe acu can beat them 99 to 11 this year what a class program and coaching staff
  • by jason Location: 13th street on Aug 13, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    there young people all over that wanted to be part of there program and system however they were ignored by the staff at sosu. this is a shame this clown had his chance and made bad decisions but lets bring him back, what is not right about this i hope alumni are happy about there school
  • by sosu alum Location: durant on Aug 13, 2009 at 12:22 PM
  • by blame game Location: durant on Aug 13, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    This decision is BAD for the team, BAD for the Athletic Department and BAD FOR THE UNIVERSITY!!!!! I'd be willing to bet he's gettig a scholarship. Somebody should check it out. Burn me once shame on you, Burn me twice shame on me. There should not be a third opportunity.
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