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Monday, January 28, 2008

More Scoop Speculation

The question of the day in Syracuse is clearly "Why is Scoop Jardine suspended?" and if we get that answer the next one is "For how long?" Fact of the matter most of the fans who are scouring for information really just want to know how long. Because ultimately all they really want to know is "How does this affect the basketball team?" Or really the question is "How does it affect us as far as wins and losses are concerned?"

The answer is obviously one that we will never know they answer to. Let's say for example that Jardine misses 6 games, and the Orange goes 4-2 in those six games, there is no guarantee that the Orange wouldn't have gone 4-2 with the Philadelphia freshman in the lineup. Or maybe they'd have gone 6-0, or maybe 2-4. All of that we'll never know.

What do we know? Syracuse is 1-0 without Scoop in the lineup. We know that Scoop is suspended indefinitely for a violation of University policy. We know that he was informed of this suspension on Wednesday by Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Athletic Director Totally on Wednesday.

So now what can we assume? Is it safe to assume that the infraction occured while the Orange was on the road at Georgetown for a Monday night game. Or should we assume that it occured before that?

See that is where I'm getting my latest speculation from. I missed watching the Orange's Overtime loss at the Verizon Center on Monday night. But from all accounts so did Scoop. The effort was clearly not good. Jardine played 39 of the 45 minutes in the contest, was 0-for-3 from the field, turned the ball over four times, and committed three personal fouls. He did hand out one assist. But in 39 minutes of basketball he was rendered virtually useless. Think the young man might have had something on his mind?

Yeah that's what I'm thinking. I'm thinking something happened on campus last weekend. Perhaps the fight with the lacrosse player that was first reportedhere. Perhaps it was something that hasn't been speculated upon yet. But whatever happened Scoop knew about it, and he was concerned about it. He knew his meeting with Cantor and Totally was on the horizon. And he played like it.

Now I don't know if you can blame last Monday night's overtime loss on this whole situation. But he played 39 minutes didn't score and turned it over 4 times. Any type of worthwhile contribution might have been enough to beat the Hoyas in regulation.

So here's what I'm saying. I'm saying the whole Scoop Jardine thing has cost this team one game thus far. Last week's loss at Georgetown.



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