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It's time for Syracuse to sit Devendorf

Posted on: December 10, 2008 9:20 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2008 9:24 pm

Naturally, Eric Devendorf will appeal.

And that'll drag this out.

And that's OK.

But I can't see how Syracuse can continue to play the troubled guard in the meantime after he was essentially found guilty Wednesday of allegedly hitting a girl in the face and thus suspended from school for at least the remainder of the academic year. Jim Boeheim has stood by his guy, and I was fine with it. But we're no longer operating under the innocent-until-proven-guilty umbrella. Unless Devendorf's appeal overturns the judicial hearing board's decision (which seems unlikely), then he's gone for the rest of the season, and so there's no sense in Syracuse taking a further public relation's hit just to get the 14.1 points per game Devendorf has been providing when it's doubtful he'll be available in March anyway.

Or even January, tell the truth.

And that's why Syracuse should sit Devendorf starting Saturday against Long Beach State, because he's been found guilty of a fairly serious allegation, and the fact that one of Devendorf's teammates sent text messages to the alleged victim asking for forgiveness doesn't suggest this was all merely a big misunderstanding. Perhaps it was just a bad night for Devendorf, and maybe this will be the type of life-lesson that helps him grow as a person. I don't know. But what I do know is that the Orange won't benefit from squeezing a few more games out of Devendorf while his appeal is heard, and that given Wednesday's ruling the only right move now is for Boeheim to come out and say that though he loves Devendorf and will do anything to help him, he's finished for the season unless the judicial hearing board's decision is eventually overturned.

If and when the ruling is overturned, then reinstate Devendorf immediately.

I'll be for that.

But for now, it's time for Devendorf to sit.

And the sooner the announcement comes, the better.


Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2008 11:24 am

It's time for Syracuse to sit Devendorf

Let me just remind everyone of Duke Lacrosse team!  Why don't we hold off on passing judgement before we ruin another kid's life with a stigma. 

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2008 11:10 pm

It's time for Syracuse to sit Devendorf

These student review boards often act too often for the perceived expediency, often when the facts are still in doubt. Yet their decisions are binding and often excessive. The fact that it looks like the police have no witnesses and the DA's unwilling to follow through with charges, perhaps the board will rethink its ruling. In any case, it seems Jimmy B is making a point of standing by his guy-because he believes in him-not for the fanfare. If Jimmy felt he was guilty, he'd be handling this completely differently. As for sitting him in the interim, it's just not gonna happen, maybe for fear it might send the review board the wrong message, before they even consider Devo's appeal. As an SU alum, I recognize ED's skill, but have never been a fan. Was actually kind of hoping he'd have turned pro by now, but he got hurt,,,so he's back. But too many times with these review boards, there's an unfair rush to judgement-even before the whole story is known.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 3:26 pm

Why so hard now Gary?

When you were covering the Memphis Tigers you were never this harsh on any of their thugs, why start now? I am not disagreeing about Devendorf, but why all of the sudden this conscience when you could always see through the garbage brewing in Memphis and still be the lead vocalist singing the players and Calimari's praises? You didn't call for Joey Dorsey or Kareem Cooper or Jeremy Hunt to be sat for their crimes against women. Be real for once in your life.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 3:19 pm

Why so hard now Gary?

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2008 3:03 pm

It's time for Syracuse to sit Devendorf

Boaheim would never sit devo for something that he thinks he's innocent of, or disagrees with the severity of the punishment. Boaheim is 100% behind his players and doesn't care about what people think of it

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 9:20 am

It's time for Syracuse to sit Devendorf

kelly dog -

Kim Smith is not a very stable individual. JT's texts to her were initiated by her own Boyfriend who is a brother at DKE. Explain that one would you? Did you even read through them? You obviously also don't have a GF or else you would understand the efforts needed towards resolving an issue with a PO'd spoiled 20 year old girl from Long Island. However most likely the best course via kelly dog is to just ignore it and let it go and she won't be so mad right? Haha you have much to learn my friend. Basically the girl was upset and if you think putting blame on her is going to resolve the situation you are a fool. Try using your brain a couple times kelly dog. JT was trying to throw out an olive branch to calm her down. Everything in this whole situation points to an overreaction. The main thing against Eric is a previous probation. Punishment he does deserve but suspension he does not. Re - read my posts, trying and comprehend complex thoughts. Its not that hard. I would suggest you find yourself a better day job that gives you the opportunity to expand your perspective. Senior Burger Flipper isn't gonna cut it.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2008 9:12 am

It's time for Syracuse to sit Devendorf


Again whose your favorite college bball team??? The first time you just might have gotten a few laughs. You are now just a broken record. Why don't you fill us in on your own valued opinion? Oh wait don't bother because you don't have one. Why don't you go back in your hole and make nicknames for everybody? My dog can shed more perspective on this situation than you can. Why don't you find yourself a girl, travel the world and learn how to comprehend more than one sentence.

Oh and tell Kimberly I said Hi since you two are bff's at heart obviously.


Your a fool for running yourself under the bus through an entire thread. Too bad you don't realize it.

Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 2:16 am

It's time for Syracuse to sit Devendorf

totally agree here. how come a man is always guilty until proven innocent in these situations. been in this situation myself, lost alot for nothing. feel your pain devo


Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 1:27 am

It's time for Syracuse to sit Devendorf

Seriously, this article clearly hasn't been researched thoroughly.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2008 11:58 pm
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