The Syracuse University appeals board assigned to determine the fate of junior guard Eric Devendorf has ruled that Devendorf can "petition to be readmitted for the spring 2009 semester," under the condition he completes 40 hours of community service.
Read the story from the Syracuse Student Newspaper here. http://sports.dailyorange.com/?p=2518
The spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 12.
Devendorf will adhere to the ruling, which includes him serving the suspension that will now force him to miss at least six games, starting with tomorrow night's matchup with Memphis.
While the Orange will miss him, assuming Devendorf can complete his hours in a timely fashion, he should be able to reclaim his spot in the starting lineup in time for the team's Jan. 14 matchup with conference rival Georgetown, a game which begins a stretch of games against Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Louisville, all residing in the top 25.
In his absence, expect to see more of backup shooting guard Andy Rautins, who, like Devendorf, was redshirted last season with a season-ending knee injury.
Rautins can be deadly from three-point range. However, he lacks the ability to get to the basket that Devendorf has.
The six games Devendorf will miss include:
@ Memphis Dec. 20
Coppin State Dec. 22
Seton Hall (Big East play begins) Dec. 30
@ South Florida Jan. 2
DePaul Jan. 7
@ Rutgers Jan. 10
The Orange are currently ranked 11th in both major polls and are looking to win back-to-back games following a devastating last-second loss at home Monday night versus Cleveland State, when CS's Cedric Jackson had a 60-foot prayer answered, sending the Orange to their first loss of the season, 72-69.
The Orange responded with a 22-point win against Canisius and now hit the road for a nationally televised game in Memphis, currently ranked 21st in the coaches' poll.
That game can be seen nationally on ESPN. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm EST.