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Tag:Marcus Sales Suspended
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:53 am
 

Drug charges dropped against Syracuse WR Sales

Posted by Chip Patterson

After breaking out in Syracuse's dramatic Pinstripe Bowl victory with 172 yards receiving and three touchdowns, Marcus Sales was an early favorite to be one of the primary offensive producers for the Orange in 2011. But Sales has been suspended indefinitely from the football program since a traffic stop led to multiple drug charges against the wide receiver. Those charges were dropped on Wednesday.

"It's good for marcus to have this legal process behind him," head coach Doug Marrone said in response to the news. "As you know, the university has a student judicial process. Until that is complete, I cannot discuss any details."

Sales was driving with his brother Michael, 25, when the pair were pulled over after Marcus ran a red light the night of July 29. Police reported finding an open container of alcohol, several baggies of marijuana, prescription medication, other baggies and digital scales.

The grand jury found enough evidence to accuse Michael Sales Jr. of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. But there was not enough evidence that Marcus "knowingly possessed the illegal substances."

A university official confirmed to the Syracuse Post-Standard that Sales was enrolled in school for the fall semester. But the steps left for the wide receiver to return to the football field remain unclear. It is possible that with a year of NCAA eligibility left, Sales would search out options to finish a full season in 2012 or later. But until Sales or Marrone speak on the issue, there is little to report past speculation.

The good news here is that a promising wide receiver was able to clear his name and could possibly return to the football field on day.

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Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Syracuse RB Gulley out 7-10 days, Sales suspended

Posted by Chip Patterson

At Big East Media Day, Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone had no official comment on the status of Prince-Tyson Gulley or Marcus Sales. The former suffered multiple stab wounds after an on-campus brawl broke out at a party, the latter faces several felony drug charges after a traffic stop last Friday night.

When meeting with the media an hour before the Orange kicked off their first practice of the 2011 season, Marrone announced that Sales has been suspended indefinitely and Gulley will miss 7-10 days of practice.

Gulley reported to camp on time and will not face any disciplinary actions, and a suspect has been arraigned in Syracuse City Court. Gulley will take a more active role in the Syracuse offense this season, after primarily serving as a return man in 2010. With Antwon Bailey looking to fill in for the departed Delone Carter, Gulley will be counted on as the second-string back to share the load.

Sales' potential absence could be a big blow to the Orange passing game. Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw 19 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions last season, and was counting on having his two senior receivers (Sales and Van Chew) in the lineup.

Marrone also announced that backup quarterback Jonny Miller has been suspended, after being arrested on Wednesday in connection to an assault and robbery incident in Boulder, Colo. along with Colorado offensive lineman Bryce Givens.

 
 
 
 
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