Doug Marrone has approximately 70 to 80 players at his disposal for Syracuse's 2010 football campaign. This leads me to one of two conclusions:
- The Orange Empire is going to run the table this season and put a beating on Alabama in the BCS National Championship game; or
- Rear Admiral Marrone is going to be throwing an historic number of men overboard this year.
Just in case Syracuse doesn't achieve its manifest destiny and hoist a fancy crystal trophy in January, I thought it necessary to take some precautions with respect the secondary conclusion noted above. Accordingly, I proudly present the 2010 "No Comment / No Longer on Team" Scoreboard:
- The title of this "competition" is in reference to Doug Marrone's policy of not commenting on players no longer with the team. This generally happens in one of three scenarios: the player has quit the team; Marrone has sent the punk packing; or, Syracuse University has sent the punk packing.
- GUIDELINE ONE: As we're a little late to the party, the scoreboard will only reflect dismissals starting on the first day of preseason practice. Therefore, players such as Delone Carter are not appropriately includible on the scoreboard right now. If Carter returns to the team and is subsequently dismissed, he will be included on the count. Averin Collier, contrastingly, is in play as he is, for the moment, on the roster (however, he could be a Monday casualty).
- GUIDELINE TWO: Freshman that fail to academically qualify through the NCAA Clearinghouse or through Syracuse University before preseason practice begins are not includible. Freshman that begin practice and are afterwards dismissed pursuant to academic disqualification are includible.
- GUIDELINE THREE: A suspension is not a dismissal.
- GUIDELINE FOUR: There needs to be a confirmed kill. What you may be hearing from your friends or "people in the know" is not satisfactory. The focus is on published reports from reputable sources.
- GUIDELINE FIVE: Please leave comments below regarding dismissals. If possible, do not double-up on reporting dismissals. I went to college for seven years and have two degrees; I have the ability to read and redundancy does not reinforce this fact.
- GUIDELINE SIX: If you have any questions on the guidelines, would like to propose new guidelines, or have questions on the tally count, please leave a comment below. I will likely ignore them, but, you know, it might make you feel better about yourself.
It's pink slip season, people. Let's get excited.