Jabaal Sheard won't play for Pitt

At this point, perhaps this blog should just become the hourly Pittsburgh bad news report.

In addition to all the crazy coaching news, the Panthers will be without Big East Defensive Player of the Year Jabaal Sheard for the BBVA Compass Bowl, Dave Wannstedt said Monday.

The senior defensive end had surgery on his elbow that Wannstedt called "nearly elective." Let the conspiracy theorists debate whether Wannstedt advised the pro prospect not to risk his status in a meaningless bowl game overshadowed by the coaching fiasco. If Jon Baldwin comes up with a phantom hamstring injury before kickoff, then we'll talk.

Sheard had 14.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks this season. His absence puts more pressure on Brandon Lindsey to perform, and Pitt will have to rely on other players such as Justin Hargrove, Nate Nix and T.J. Clemmings to pick up the slack at end.

Meanwhile, Kentucky just became a bigger favorite for Saturday's game.