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Dan Mason Loses Starting Spot

Dave Wannstedt took action against Dan Mason, who was a passenger in the car Jason Douglas was driving, by demoting him to the second team.

“I met with Dan Mason’s mother this morning and his family,” Wannstedt said. "Dan has to understand and learn to make better decisions as far as what he is doing, where he is at and who he is with. And as a result, I moved him to second-team middle linebacker.

“As I told him this is for his good, he needs to prove to me that he can do the right things and be accountable off the field, in the classroom and on the football field and when he does that he will get his job back.

I don’t think this will be a one-game situation. From that statement, it seems as if Dave Wannstedt may take a little bit of time with this and I see it stretching out over a few games. It doesn’t look like Mason will miss any entire games and I expect him to play a great deal. But his move to the second unit definitely is not great news for Pitt. Tristan Roberts will get the starting spot and Max Gruder will move over to fill Mason’s place.

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