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Wrigleyboy25
12-19-2008, 03:20 PM
Suspension of SU's Eric Devendorf upheld, penalty changed
by Jim O'Hara and Mike Waters / The Post-Standard
Friday December 19, 2008, 12:34 PM

Syracuse University today upheld the suspension of Eric Devendorf but reduced the penalty that originally took him off the court for the rest of the season.

As soon as Devendorf completes 40 hours of community service, he could conceivably return to the team before the start of Big East play.

The University Judicial Board last week suspended Devendorf for the remainder of the school year for hitting a female student in the face on Nov. 1.

"Under a decision today by the University Appeals Board, Eric Devendorf has been immediately suspended from Syracuse University and is prohibited from all University activities, including participation on the men's basketball team," said university spokesman Kevin Morrow.

The Appeals Board decision modified the sanctions set by the University Judicial Board and imposed a community service requirement that Devendorf must meet before he can return to the university. Once he completes 40 hours of community service, he can apply for reinstatement. He could conceivably return to the team immediately, well before classes resume on Jan. 12.

"I'm disappointed that I put myself in this position which resulted in being suspended as a student and unable to participate in a number of games, including tomorrow's game," Devendorf said in a statement released this afternoon. "I understand the decision and will be complying with all of the requirements of it."

Said Coach Jim Boeheim: "Eric clearly made a mistake and should be punished. It is his responsibility to fulfill the requirements of this decision."

The hearing board determined that Devendorf did intentionally hit Smith but did not cause her physical harm, according to its decision.

Devendorf's lawyer, William Sullivan, said Devendorf will not challenge the appeals panel. He added that Devendorf intends to abide by the conditions imposed.

That includes an initial requirement that he complete 40 hours of community service before he will be allowed to apply for reinstatement as a student on campus, Sullivan said. The appeals panels included some very specific locations for that community service to be done but Sullivan would not reveal what they were.

"First things first," Sullivan said, noting it would be Devendorf's intention to get right at that community service.

Once Devendorf is readmitted as a student, he will be required to complete another 40 hours of community service, Sullivan said. The appeals panel decision also includes some additional requirements for Devendorf to meet once he is reinstated as a student, but the lawyer declined to reveal what they were.

"He's going to comply with each requirement," Sullivan said.

"He's very thankful that he has been given this opportunity," Sullivan said. "His intent is to meet each requirement. He's looking forward to being a student at Su again, rejoining the basketball team and continuing his course requirements so he can graduate next May."

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2008/12/suspension_of_sus_eric_devendo.html

That means he could miss:

@ Memphis (tomorrow)
Coppin St.
Seton Hall
@South Florida
Depaul
@Rutgers

He could be able to return against Seton Hall on Dec. 30. Georgetown on January 14th at the latest.

Syracuse should be able to handle all but maybe one of those games without him. But they will have to remember what it was like when they played without him last year when he tore his ACL.

Wake's Fastball
12-19-2008, 05:15 PM
Could see a few more shots out of Rautins. Looks like they got off pretty fortunately though... he's not missing anything major other than perhaps the Memphis game.

Googlyeyes101
12-19-2008, 06:25 PM
what a scumbag

Driven
12-19-2008, 06:50 PM
They got lucky with the Suspension. Devendorf is an extremely underrated player. He turns the ball over and can't run a fast break for the life of him, but he makes a ton of shots.

Syracuse will struggle big time. More minutes for Rautins = big time trouble.

Driven
12-19-2008, 06:51 PM
Syracuse should be able to handle all but maybe one of those games without him. But they will have to remember what it was like when they played without him last year when he tore his ACL.

I would say that Seton Hall and Memphis would more than likely be losses.

Wrigleyboy25
12-19-2008, 07:28 PM
I would say that Seton Hall and Memphis would more than likely be losses.

The second-leading scorer for the No. 11 Orange could be readmitted prior to the start of classes if he completes the community service, university officials said. That means he will miss at least the game at Memphis on Saturday and Coppin State at home on Monday, but could return for the Big East opener against Seton Hall on Dec. 30.

http://www.sportsline.com/collegebasketball/story/11182068

Wrigleyboy25
12-27-2008, 02:42 PM
Devo has finished his 40 hours and Jimmy B says he will be reinstated and play vs. Seton Hall on Tuesday:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3794810


He only missed two games, in which Syracuse won both...including that tough one at Memphis.