Syracuse University upheld Eric Devendorf's suspension but has modified his punishment. The junior guard must complete community service and other requirements before being eligible to reapply to the 'Cuse for the spring semester, which starts Jan. 12. If he completes his punishment, he will miss six games, most notably Saturday's road game at Memphis.
I thought I would propose some suggestions for Devo's community service, with some serious and others not so serious.
It's the holiday season, and charities across the country are reporting they need donors and manpower. Put Devendorf to good use and have him spend his Christmas Eve handing out much needed meals to the people in Syracuse that probably haven't seen him play because they can't afford the ridiculous ticket prices of the Carrier Dome.
This one goes hand and hand with Meals on Wheels. The Syracuse Rescue Mission provides food for homeless Syracuse residents. Many Syracuse students already do community service there for the sake of giving back to the community. It's time for Eric Devendorf to do the same.
There are some very rough neighborhoods in Syracuse, and I've visited classrooms in one of the rough middle schools in the city. A lot of students I've worked with talk about Syracuse basketball all the the time and love the team. Having Eric Devendorf come and talk to those students about his past problems and give some pointers would be extremely beneficial for both the junior guard and the students.
Devendorf has had anger management problems in the past, and future outbursts also have the potential to be worse. Maybe a week in a women's shelter would show him what kind of damage he could do if he doesn't control his anger.
SU Athletics runs a promotion called Jams for Cans, which has donors give a certain number of cans of jam for every dunk or "jam" the team has. They could send Eric Devendorf out around the community looking for more businesses to join the great cause.
Syracuse is in the midst of a winter storm. There's plenty of elderly people in the 'Cuse that could use a good snow shoveling for free. It gives Eric a chance to work out and stay in shape and also help out the old folks.
I got my wisdom teeth out today and will soon be on enough painkillers to knock a horse out. I'm a dedicated fan who shows to every game in an orange and blue duct tape suit. I lose my voice yelling words of encouragement. The least Devo could do in return for me is keep his turnovers under five a game and be my personal butler for 48 hours straight. Devo's community service would be over by Sunday, and he'd be ready to suit up for the 'Cuse's next game against Coppin State.