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Did Reporters Out Pitt's Coaches For Committing A Recruiting Violation?

The Pittsburgh Panthers football players gathered together.

ANNAPOLIS, MD - DECEMBER 28: The Pittsburgh Panthers gather before the start of their game against the Navy Midshipmen in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Did the coaches commit an NCAA violation by doing this?

A couple of reporters might have accidentally outed Power 5 football coaches for committing an NCAA violation earlier today.

Seth Soffian, a reporter for The News-Press in Florida, noted earlier that Pittsburgh's football coaches showed up to a photo shoot at the newspaper's office. The top high school players in the Fort Meyers, Fla. area were being honored.

Prominent ESPN reporter Darren Rovell highlighted the move on his Twitter feed, calling it a "boss move."

One problem with this "boss" move: it might be an NCAA violation.

Others say it's not.

Here's a detail of their day, from Soffian:

The downtown Fort Myers newspaper building became a spontaneous recruiting spot Tuesday when three assistant coaches from Pittsburgh showed up at the same time as six top local prospects previously scheduled for a photo shoot for the News-Press and Naples Daily News Southwest Florida Sports Awards.

For about two hours, the three Pitt coaches, six recruits, two local high school coaches and some others talked and snacked on holiday newsroom snacks amid newsroom staff as the individual photo shoots took place.

Only two of the six players have verbally committed to colleges: North Fort Myers receiver and defensive back Joe Wilkins Jr. (Notre Dame), and Dunbar defensive end Rocky Jacques-Louis (FIU).

Pitt's 2018 recruiting class is ranked the No. 56 class in the country, No. 14 in the ACC. The Panthers could use some help.