No issues whatsoever with Chryst's decision regarding Shell. One of the former contributors to the PittBlather blog who had regular access to the team last year posted in some of the recent threads that, in so many words, the kid has been a ******* since the day he set foot on campus. This apparently was not a situation of a player angling for a second or even third chance; Shell was pretty much on chance #5 or #6. A lot came to a head with him and the program (coaches and teammates) during the spring, and that was that.
As far as Shell goes, I have a hard time having any sympathy for him as a "kid". Yes, 19-year olds make mistakes. We all did when we were that age. But there are plenty of "kids" his age who are mature enough to make much tougher life decisions - enlisting in the military, for example. Even within the context of "kids" gifted enough to find opportunities within Division I collegiate sports, he could learn a thing or five from new Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas, who ironically started opposite Shell just this past fall.http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/steelers-draft-pick-shamarko-thomas-fulfilling-goal-as-the-chosen-one-692919/
As I said earlier in this thread, maybe Shell gets it together and if he does, good for him. Maybe he doesn't, and that would be a shame not for him, but for the two kids for whom he's responsible.