Compass Bowl 2012: Pitt OG Lucas Nix Will Play Against SMU

The Pittsburgh Panthers have been a program in upheaval ever since their regular season ended. They'll try to bring some semblance of order back as they end the season in the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl against the SMU Mustangs.

Helping matters along is the news that guard Lucas Nix will play for the Panthers. Many wondered if he would play after being involved in a fight over the holiday break. Nix was charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after an alleged fight with West Virginia offensive linemen Pat Eger and Joe Madsen.

Pitt internim coach Keith Patterson released a 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."

For more from the Panthers' side, visit Cardiac Hill.

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