As a bit of an addendum to this story I have an extremely hard time buying that the advisory board told him that he would be a first round pick without seeing his combine workout. I'm a bit of a NFL draft nerd and I can't see how Shady would be anything other than a late second to early fourth round pick level(pre-combine) just due to size, injury history, and perceived lack of breakout NFL level speed. He has certainly put together a great college career in his two years at Pitt but he has put up these numbers in an inferior conference and hasn't dominated in the way you would expect a first round running back prospect to.
None of this is to knock Shady at all I'm just saying that he is far from a can't miss 1st round NFL prospect and another year working on his game could have only helped. Something about this story seems to suggest that Shady wanted out of Pitt but maybe he has an awesome workout in him and he knows he can blow away the scouts at the combine.
This isn't the end of the world because Chris Burns and Shareef Harris are promising players. Chris Burns is the guy that has all the hype on him as a replacement for Shady. Hopefully, one of the two is ready to take over the work when we get to camp in the spring.