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Pittsnogle not in the clear yet

February 20, 2002

Pittsnogle not in the clear yet



By BOB PARASILITI
bobp@herald-mail.com


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Kevin Pittsnogle seems to have everything a 6-foot-10 center could ever want.

The Martinsburg senior had the ball he used to score his 1,000th career point all but under his arm, his passing college board scores in hand and a Division I scholarship in his back pocket.

It should have been the perfect ending on Tuesday after he got the first two-thirds of the list of coveted possessions. He got the test scores before the game and notched the scoring milestone during the second quarter of Martinsburg's 81-19 rout of Keyser.

As for the letter-of-intent to West Virginia University that Pittsnogle signed before the season? Well, that might be another story.

Pittsnogle's signed, sealed and delivered trip to Morgantown is up in the air after WVU coach Gale Catlett announced last week he would retire at the end of the season. Now, the senior is taking a wait-and-see approach to his future.

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"I'm not sure what's going to happen," Pittsnogle said after his 23-point night for the No. 3 Bulldogs. "I'm going to wait to see who they hire and then talk to them to see if I fit in their program. If I fit, I'll still go. If I don't, I'll look at other places, like prep schools and other colleges."

Pittsnogle took the security blanket of signing early with WVU to avoid "the 500 calls a week and everyone sitting in the stands to watch him" during his senior season ... especially since he signed while Catlett, a Hedgesville native, was still going to be on the bench.

Now, Pittsnogle wished he would have waited.

"I'm kind of surprised by it all," he said. "I didn't know it was going to happen. I haven't talked to (Catlett)."

Catlett's retirement has given Pittsnogle options. WVU has to honor the center's commitment if he decides to head to Morgantown, but if he chooses to go elsewhere, the Mountaineers have to release him from the agreement.

Attending WVU, though, isn't out of the question. Pittsnogle said he will wait until the end of the season to talk with WVU's officials.

"If they hire Drew (Catlett, assistant coach and the elder Catlett's nephew), I'd go because the program will probably stay the same. But I heard that they want to go in and weed out the program and start over, just like they did with the football team."

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