Redshirt freshman safety Paris Ford did not travel with Pitt to El Paso, Texas for the 2018 Sun Bowl.
Pittsburgh Sports Now was able to confirm that Ford was not on the plane that took most of the Panthers from Pittsburgh to El Paso.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said last week that players were permitted to travel home for Christmas and players that were not spending Christmas in the Pittsburgh area would meet the team directly in El Paso. Narduzzi said when he landed in El Paso that he was expecting to have a full complement of players.
It’s not clear if Ford was supposed to fly with the team to El Paso or meet the team there. He missed the team’s first practice on Thursday.
Pitt recently began the process of moving Ford back to safety after he was using sparingly as a cornerback in 2018. Ford’s absence was first reported by Richie Walsh of KDKA-TV.
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