Pitt OG Lucas Nix will play in bowl game

Pitt starting right guard Lucas Nix will play against SMU in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday, even though he has three summary charges pending for his role in a fight over the holiday break.

Nix was charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after reportedly getting into a verbal argument with West Virginia offensive linemen Pat Eger and Joe Madsen at Eger's house. Nix was not arrested, and didn't find out he was charged until Thursday.

Interim coach Keith Patterson issued the following statement Friday:

"Last night I became aware of three summary charges filed against Lucas Nix for an incident that took place during the break. Yesterday was the first time Lucas was informed of these charges as well. He was not arrested but received these charges by mail. These are situations we take very seriously and we wanted to make sure we had the facts necessary to make the right decision on the matter. Based on the information we received, including a discussion with Lucas, we have decided he will play in his final college football game tomorrow against SMU. I am both comfortable and confident in this decision based on the information we've carefully gathered during the past 24 hours."