It appeared as if the world of Syracuse sports would calm down for a while once SU lacrosse bowed out of the NCAA Tournament. Turns out the lull didn‚Äôt last very long, and the culprit was sophomore wide receiver Jarrod West. Chances are, West isn‚Äôt enjoying a typical relaxing Memorial Day weekend, because he‚Äôs dealing with the repercussions of his recent arrest for underage drinking.
- Listen to the Fresh FizzCast: West’s arrest, Chad Kelly’s list, rules changes
Team Fizz breaks down West‚Äôs situation in the latest Fresh FizzCast, with an initial reminder from Hoffman that college kids and drinking tend to go together. West‚Äôs alleged offense pales in comparison to the drug charge against the high school teammate he was hanging out with, Pittsburgh backup quarterback Anthony Gonzalez.
‚ÄúThe two charges are very, very different. If we‚Äôre being completely honest, every college campus in the country has underage drinking.‚Äù
As Hoff points out, perhaps worse than the underage drinking arrest itself may be that West was hanging out with someone who was busted for marijuana. Doug Marrone may end up reprimanding West behind the scenes but ‚ÄúBig Steve‚Äù Neikam says we‚Äôll never find out for sure.
‚ÄúThe statement from the Athletic Department was typical Marrone/Belichick-ish ‚Äì ‚ÄòWe are aware of the situation, and will continue to deal with the matter privately‚Äô ‚Äì And that‚Äôs kind of what you would expect. But it does look like, at least for now, there‚Äôs not going to be any real suspension involved. It‚Äôs pretty much going to be an in-house matter.‚Äù
Gonzalez was dealt with publicly by Panthers head coach Todd Graham, who suspended him from Pitt football indefinitely. I discuss some similarities between the way Marrone and Graham have now dealt with player discipline. For example, the mysterious way the Pitt career of tight end Mike Cruz (brother of graduated ‚ÄòCuse TE Jose) came to an end.
‚ÄúWhat happened with Mike Cruz was a Marrone-esque move from Todd Graham. He didn‚Äôt specify what happened, he kept it really private, just said he violated team rules, and suspended him. And then Cruz decided to leave (for good). That‚Äôs very similar to things we‚Äôve seen at Syracuse since Doug Marrone joined the program.‚Äù
The two players who found themselves in trouble during Graham‚Äôs short tenure have both been suspended, as the coach fights to restore order to a program hampered with crime problems in recent years.
Check out the Fresh FizzCast for more on the way Marrone/Graham are handling the West/Gonzalez ordeal. We also update the Orange‚Äôs recruitment of QB Chad Kelly, who has narrowed his list down to seven schools. Kelly has said he‚Äôll make his decision soon ‚Äì does SU have a chance against schools like Florida State, Alabama, and Clemson? And after the SU loss to Maryland, does there need to be a set of rule changes in NCAA lacrosse?
Posted: Andrew Kanell