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.