This is going to be short and sweet, I really don't have the time at the moment, but felt it was necessary to get it out there. For those of you looking for Mount information from last night, Sorry, check back later tonight. I hope to have time about mid-evening to post the report from the Mount's best performance of the season.
Suspended guard Scoop Jardine returned to practice yesterday and there is now a very good chance that the guard will travel with the Orange to its weekend encounter in Philadelphia. Numerous sources have told me that Jardine's return to the team is now likely to occur much sooner than originally thought. One source told me "the return seems imminent and the return to practice is an obvious sign of what is to come."
The official word from the University is that Jardine's status of suspended indefinitely has not changed.
The University usually does not travel suspended players. Therefore, if Jardine travels, I'd expect the suspension to be complete. If he doesn't travel obviously the suspension continues, but from all I'm hearing, I wouldn't expect it to last more than the weekend.
Earlier this week, sources were telling me that the University Disciplinary Hearing would likely occur this week and then we would know the fate before the Villanova. I'm guessing that based on the return to practice and the now upbeat sounds of some folks that the closed hearing has occured and Jardine knows his fate. Based on the optimism I'm hearing, I think he'll be back very soon. If I were to guess, he still misses this weekend's game and plays after that.
Syracuse plays at Villanova (in Jardine's hometown of Philadelphia) on Saturday afternoon.