The answer to that question is a resounding ‚Äúwho the hell knows?‚Äù Doug Marrone might have an inkling, but he‚Äôs not going to divulge anything.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs good for Marcus to have this legal process behind him. As you know, the university has a student judicial process. Until that is complete, I cannot discuss any details. I made the team aware of this.‚Äù
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Recent examples include Eric Devendorf, who was suspended by the board for hitting a female student, and Jonny Flynn, Scoop Jardine, and Rick Jackson, who received probation but were cleared of sexual assault charges.
Devendorf‚Äôs case is the one that should make ‚ÄòCuse fans, or least those who want Sales back in uniform, anxious. Devo never faced any actual legal consequences for his actions, yet the SU Judicial Board still found it necessary to punish him.
So while it makes sense that Sales could now go back to living a normal student life on the Hill, the board may decide otherwise.
But how exactly is that fair? In this instance, it doesn‚Äôt make sense for the school’s judicial system to take liberties the actual legal system didn‚Äôt. Sales was involved in a shady situation over the summer, and he‚Äôs lucky that all of the charges against him were dropped. You could easily make the argument he deserves to be punished significantly for his actions. But the fact is, a grand jury decided there wasn‚Äôt enough evidence to indict him. The SU Judicial Board needs to respect the grand jury‚Äôs decision, and respect the rights of Sales.
If he does get cleared by the board, the wideout would likely be allowed to rejoin the football team. He’s already missed more than half the season – it’s probably¬†even Marrone, the strict disciplinarian, would think Sales has served enough time.
The passing attack looked damn good against West Virginia, though, and the addition of Sales would make it downright scary. Now the Syracuse Judicial Board just has to cooperate.
Posted: Andrew Kanell