Friday, July 18, 2008

Court hearing pushed back for SOSU quarterback

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University quarterback Justin Pitrucha will have to wait a little longer to appear in front of a judge.

The 21-year-old Pitrucha was arrested on April 22 on charges of possession of marijuana and intent to distribute. He was scheduled to appear in front of a judge Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing, but it has been pushed back.

Last week, SOSU head football coach Ray Richards told KXII Sports that Pitrucha would be allowed to reclaim a roster spot if he clears up his charges and satisfy requirements set forth by the team.

In an interview last week with KXII sports, 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 scheduled to appear in court again on August 7 at 8:45 a.m.

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