When Syracuse Orange wide receiver Marcus Sales got arrested in July for running a red light while driving without possession of a license and while also intoxicated in a car that contained baggies full of marijuana, Lortab tablets and, my personal favorite, "other baggies with devil, superman and pit bull insignias on them," you kinda figured his day with the Orange was done.
But then his passenger and brother Michael Sales took the fall for Marcus and all of a sudden Marcus was out of harm's way (somehow).
Since then we've heard very little about either. Friday, Michael was sentenced to five years' probation after pleading guilty on a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
County Judge Anthony Aloi told Michael Sales Jr., he had a "moral obligation" to his siblings not to involve them in trouble or do anything that would damage their reputations.
In lecturing Michael Sales about his obligation to his siblings, Aloi never mentioned Marcus Sales by name.
And so, that begs the question...what of Marcus? He was always suspended and never booted off the team altogether.
Last we heard from him it was early December and Sales' attorney was putting the pieces together for Marcus and Marrone to break bread and get him back on the team.
Sales’ attorney said the player is hoping to meet with Marrone soon, perhaps as early as Friday. Michael Vavonese said he and his client received official word today that an SU judicial board had reinstated Sales as a student in good standing. That means Sales can appeal to Marrone to be allowed to return to the Orange.
If I were a betting man, and I suppose since I do place bets from time to time that I am, then I would bet that No. 5 will be back in a Syracuse uniform this spring.