Mark Scarpinato transfers from Michigan State to Pittsburgh

In a bit of a surprising move, former Michigan State Spartans defensive tackle Mark Scarpinato has decided to transfer to the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Scarpinato had previously retired from football to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor, but he ended up returning to the sport and announced his intentions to transfer to the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Want to thank everyone for the support. I am extremely excited for an opportunity to finish out my playing career at Pitt. #HailToPitt

— Mark Scarpinato (@MarkScarpinato) April 29, 2015

At Pitt, Scarpinato will be reuniting with his former coach, Pat Narduzzi.

Scarpinato will be using Pittsburgh to finish out his college football eligibility while working for a Master’s of Health Administration.

“Med school is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life; harder than any conditioning or football, and you have to give everything you have to it,” he said. “There was just something missing for me. You can tell the guys on the field who aren’t 100% in, and that’s how it was in med school. There was a dichotomy between me and everyone else because I was still thinking about football, so I needed to finish it,” he told Panther Lair.

“So I was looking at the top MHA programs, and for like the first five days I kept glancing past Pitt; it didn’t click. I talked to some other schools, and then at two in the morning one night, I woke up and said, wait, Coach ‘Duzz is the head coach at Pitt and they have a great MHA program. It all fell in from there.”

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