Thursday, December 11, 2008

DevENDwarfed

Word around the big, blazing Orange campfire, Eric Devendorf's days are numbered at Syracuse.
Adding salt to the wound is the fact that Devendorf was already on the University's version of "Double-Secret Probation" before being entangled in the latest controversial mayhem.

According to the Northeast Basketball Report, the Syracuse Judicial Board is leaning towards suspending the redshirt junior guard.

After missing nearly all of last year with an injury, the prospect of DEVO being relocated to spectator role (once again) is promising. His record is fouled up yet again, after he allegedly hit a woman (a female SU student) with an open fist.

The Orange, off to a promising 8-0 start and back on the national map, need this like the flailing economy needs another titanic company to tank.

He's suspended indefinitely for the remainder of the academic year.

On Wednesday, the judiciary hearing board declared him guilty in violation of Syracuse University's code of conduct.

This was reported in the Syracuse Post Standard by columnist Bud Poliquin, who reminds you that "The graveyard is filled with indespensable people" and that "no one is indespensable."

www.syracuse.com/poliquin/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1228989365288550.xml&coll=1

As a high school senior, DEVO had the world in his palm. He was the next big thing to emerge from Bay City, MI. He was an inevitable selection for the McDonald's All-American game, wrote a diary feature in SLAM magazine, and attended the prestigious Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

Devendorf was an instant fit in Jim Boeheim's system and has played a significant role since his freshman season, when the slept-on Orange hung a Big East championship banner thanks to the never-say-die antics of then senior Gerry McNamara.

DEVO has been a major part of Cuse's winning ways this season, averaging 14.6 points and 3.1 dimes to complement vaunted point guard Jonny Flynn. He's part of the foundation, one of the more experienced players on the roster, and one of the few players who's handled post-season life.

Off the court, DEVO has been a different story. His reputation carried well past the cozy confines of Syracuse and his attitude only makes some wonder.

If the alleged incident is true, the well-tatted kid who plays with the savvy of a NY-bred guard is the epitome of a dipshit.

Poliquin references Bill Walton in his story. Walton, who ripped through more blunts than a Cypress Hill concert on 4/20 during his playing days, is right.

Devendorf should have distanced himself from the fracas when it occurred.

Given his checkered past and reputation, he should've have bounced from the scene immediately.

That was the best decision for him, his teammates, and the wild Syracuse faithful/basketball culture. At the end of the day, DEVO knows he messed up...Will he be given a second chance?

"He supposedly slurred a female student/motorist, ordered her to get back into her vehicle and then hit her in the face before traipsing off into the morning. That all of this has been reported to have taken place about 3 a.m. on Nov. 1 in the 900 block of Walnut Avenue..."