PITTSBURGH — Panthers head coach Jeff Capel spoke at length about guard Ithiel Horton, whose charges stemming from a Nov. 6 arrest were re-filed today, following Pitt’s win over Boston College.
“To be honest with you, today has been a very emotional day for me … I feel for him. I love him, he is a great, great kid,” Capel said. “It’s been an emotional day for all of us, because he is someone that we care about, that we love.”
Capel said that as he went to make his gameday radio appearance earlier, he saw a video screen playing Horton’s highlights, which made him feel emotional.
“It was Ithiel doing his ballhandling routine before [the] Louisville [game], and he had a big smile on his face,” Capel said. “This is what he loves to do. He loves to play basketball, he loves to be a part of the team. That had been taken from him … I got really emotional.”
Horton will have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 26, and will be suspended indefinitely until his criminal case is resolved. Forward John Hugley, who missed time last year following legal issues of his own, said he’s talked with Horton and tried to help him throughout the process because of his own experience being suspended last season while dealing with his own legal issues.
“That’s why I’ve been there for IT, from the start of it,” Hugley said. “After I leave out of here, I’m gonna call him and make sure to keep [his spirits up].”