Eric Devendorf Faces Possible Suspension
The Story: Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf has violated the Student Code of Conduct after allegedly hitting a female in the face. The Syracuse University judicial hearing board has recommended that Devendorf be suspended for the remainder of the academic year. He is expected to appeal the decision. The appeals process could take anywhere from 15 to 20 days. "Any player can still play while the case is under appeal," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday. He also added he will allow Devendorf, who missed most of last season with a torn ligament, to do just that. Devendorf, a starter, is the third leading scorer on the team with 14.1 points per game to go along with his 3.1 assists per game.
Ryter's Block: After tearing his ACL last season, the Big East and NCAA granted Devendort an extra year of eligibility. He is classified as a senior academically and a junior for athletic eligibility this season. Of course no one should judge his actions immediately because the full story has not surfaced, but it is hard not to. This story has the makings of hurting not only Devendorf's image, but also Syracuse's season. The Orange, currently No. 13 in the AP poll, have started off the season 8-0 and it looked as if they would finish in the top half of the Big East this year. If they lose Devendorf for the season, possibly even next year, this is a huge blow. I thought at the beginning of the season that this team would make a deep run come tourney time, but without Devendorf I am not so sure. It's a good thing my second grade teacher constantly reminded me to "keep my hands to myself."