Found January 12, 2013 on Rumors and Rants:
PLAYERS: James Southerland
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Syracuse forward James Southerland has been suspended indefinitely for “eligibility issues.” It’s rumored that his suspension is due to academic issues, most likely from the fall semester. If that’s the case, this is a remarkably similar scenario to that of Fab Melo last season. Melo ended up leaving the team and being drafted by the Boston Celtics. Southerland, a senior, was averaging 13 points and 5 rebounds for the sevent-ranked Orange. But I’m sure they won’t miss their second-leading scorer and one of their best three-point shooters. Southerland also doesn’t have the same draft prospects Melo did in 2012, so this could do far more damage to his career. The suspension could have come at a better time for Syracuse. Though they do have an entire week to prepare, their next two games are against seventh-ranked Louisville and 21st ranked Cincinnati. And that’s just in the short term. The Orange are currently first in the Big East and 16-1 overall. If Southerland is academically ine...
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