NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 30: Marcus Sales #5 of the Syracuse Orange scores a touchdown against the Kansas State Wildcats during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30 2010 in New York New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Syracuse's star WR is primed for a breakout season only to do something off-the-field so dumb and so short-sighted that it puts his entire football career in jeopardy and tarnishes the reputation of Syracuse to boot.
The Post-Standard is reporting that Syracuse senior WR Marcus Sales is facing felony drug charges after being arrested Friday night.
Sales, 21, of 362 Valley Drive, was in a car with his brother, Michael Sales Jr., 25, of the same address, when police stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation near Midland and Ballantyne avenues just before 9:45 p.m.
According to Syracuse police reports, the brothers were taken into custody after drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in their car after the vehicle was stopped for running a red light.
So, a Syracuse RB from Akron's season is in jeopardy after off-field incident and one of our wide receivers makes insanely dumb decision that may have cost himself his college career. Are Syracuse fans just destined to re-live the same horrors over and over for all of time?
Doug Marrone, who has had to make a lot of statements this weekend, has one more for you:
"We are aware of the charges against Marcus Sales," Marrone said in a statement released this afternoon through the football office. "We will continue to work with the proper authorities and the university, and will handle the matter internally, according to university and Athletics Department policies."
Sales ran a red light while driving without possession of a license in a car that contained baggies full of marijuana, Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets and, my personal favorite, "other baggies with devil, superman and pit bull insignias on them." Oh, and he was drinking alcohol while driving, did I leave that part out? Fan-f***ing-tastic.
I don't want to jump the gun here, but, you have to assume Marcus' days with the Syracuse Orange football team are over. Again, that's just my first guess but, based on what's gotten people kicked off this team in the past, this goes well beyond most of them. We'll see.
If that is the case, it's a terrible coda of what was going to be the year everything came together for the receiver. A four-star recruit, Sales came to SU with tons of potential and seemed to have squandered it until last year's breakout Pinstripe Bowl performance. Syracuse fans expected him to carry that over into this season and be a key contributor for SU. Now? It looks like he's about to become just another cautionary tale to future highly-recruited players.
Doug Marrone better bring his antacids with him to Big East Media Day. Those Q&As just got a lot more interesting.