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Apr 09, 2016: Team Garnet linebacker Sherrod Pittman (9) takes down Team Black running back Mon Denson (34) during the South Carolina Spring game held at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Jim Dedmon/ Icon Sportswire)

South Carolina suspends Sherrod Pittman for two games

Jim Dedmon/Icon Sportswire

University of South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp handed out a suspension to one of his reserve players this week. Redshirt freshman Sherrod Pittman has encountered some discipline from the Gamecocks’ head coach as South Carolina turns their attention to a Week 2 meeting with Mississippi State.

Just hours before their matchup on Saturday night against the Bulldogs, the Gamecocks announced a two-game suspension for Pittman, a reserve linebacker who redshirted in 2015 while rehabbing a broken leg he suffered during his senior year of high school.

Pittman has failed to make a good first impression with his new head coach. Gamecocks’ beat reporter Josh Kendall is reporting that the linebacker had been suspended by the head coach for an undisclosed reason.

The suspension will have little impact on the Gamecocks’ season as the linebacker was toiling in the reserve section of the depth chart. Pittman’s suspension is likely one that Muschamp will have little regrets of making as the defender is far away from the starting unit on defense and won’t be missed for the next two games.

The biggest impact of the aforementioned suspension will be in regards to Pittman’s career as with a new head coach there is a risk that the former four-star recruit can permanently fall out of favor in South Carolina. If he doesn’t react positively to this suspension, it may be a long road from the reserves for a linebacker who is struggling to climb the Gamecocks’ depth chart early in his career.

South Carolina suspends Sherrod Pittman for two games

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