The ongoing saga involving Eric Devendorf at Syracuse has received almost no national attention, but it's getting juicier by the minute and is at least worth a mention. If you're unfamiliar, the gist of the story is that a Syracuse student named Kimberly Smith accused Devendorf of hitting her in the face last month, and the result is that Devendorf had a judicial board hearing late Thursday.
Among the interesting things that came out of the hearing was that Devendorf's teammate, Justin Thomas, sent a text message to Smith after the alleged incident that included Jim Boeheim's cell number, just in case Smith wanted to talk to the Syracuse coach. Another text message from Thomas to Smith read as follows: "i hope u can find it in ur heart to forgive my teammates thanks."
Now I'm no lawyer, but it can't be a good sign that Thomas is asking the alleged victim to forgive his teammates, if only because it's hard to figure out why you'd need somebody to forgive you if you didn't do anything wrong, though it's possible I'm just reading too much into a text message. Who knows? But one thing that's certain is that this isn't going away as quickly or easily as anybody connected to the Syracuse basketball program probably wanted, and if Devendorf doesn't get a favorable ruling then it could affect the Orange's hope of making the NCAA tournament.
Anyway, the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse has a lengthy story on the hearing.
You can read it at this link.