Originally posted on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 3/13/12
Getty Images Forty-seven words. All it took was 47 words to crush the spirit of Orange Nation everywhere. In a two-sentence memo, Syracuse declared Fab Melo ineligible for the entirety of the NCAA Tournament, and left us all wondering how this could happen… again. FML. “Syracuse University sophomore men’s basketball center Fab Melo did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh, and will not take part in the NCAA Tournament due to an eligibility issue. Given University policy and federal student privacy laws, no further details can be provided at this time.” We need look no further than two years ago, when the top-seeded Orange was storming through the regular season, ready to make March its biznatch, and the floor suddenly dropped out. Arinze Onuaku ripped his ACL in the Big East Tourney, and a formidable Syracuse team became pedestrian, losing to Butler in the Sweet 16. The details are incredibly sketchy. What would deem Fab ineligible the eve of the NCAA’s? The Brazilian big man’s a...
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