Pitt dismisses Fields from team

Pittsburgh has dismissed senior safety/linebacker Elijah Fields for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, coach Dave Wannstedt announced Wednesday.

Fields was among the most physically gifted players on the Panthers. But he spent much of his career in Wannstedt's doghouse, including a suspension for the entire 2007 season. He was not allowed to speak to the media for most of the 2009 season.

No specific reasons for his dismissal were given.

Fields, listed at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, had 33 tackles and three interceptions this season and played at linebacker in nickel packages.

Wannstedt had talked about using Fields more at linebacker this coming season, and he was expected to play a key role on the defense.

Fields remains enrolled at the university.

Brian Bennett covers Big East football for ESPN.com