Doug Marrone announced today that running back Antwon Bailey, defensive end Torrey Ball and offensive guard Andrew Tiller have been suspended for a violation of team rules and will not play against Pittsburgh (He also announced that Jared Kimmel is done for the year with season-ending knee surgery). Now with rumors swirling that Mike Williams was about to be suspended for something that went down over the weekend...is all of this connected?
Maybe, maybe not but according to ESPN's Joe Schad, Williams was involved in an incident:
Mike Williams had a latenight vehicle incident after the last gm that was going to lead to another suspension
Let the updates begin soon...
Update 1: Donnie spoke with the SU office of athletics who knows nothing of Mike Williams returning to the team. Then again, take that with a grain of salt as well.
Update 2: The money shot. Er, update. Courtesy of Conor Orr at the D.O. From New York State Police -- Williams, Tiller, Ball and Bailey in accident 5:30 Sunday morning. Tiller (driver) not being charged. Well then, that settles that. As to how that progressed into Williams leaving the program while the other three remain...TBD.
Update 3: The D.O. keeps the details coming.
A car driven by Syracuse football player Andrew Tiller was rear ended early Sunday morning near Lenox, N.Y., New York State Trooper Jack Keller said Tuesday afternoon. Police do not suspect alcohol was involved in the accident, which occurred at 5:30 a.m.
Three other SU players were in the car with Tiller, including wide receiver Mike Williams, who quit the team Monday. Backup running back Antwon Bailey and backup defensive end Torrey Ball were the other passengers.
Tiller was taken to the hospital as a precaution but no major injuries seem to have been sustained.
Update 4: For those who are still holding out hope that Williams will return to SU...this probably confirms the opposite.
Update 5: How bout some details on the crash itself, which was not the SU players' fault.
Troopers say their car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The four players were traveling westbound on the Thruway near Chittenango. Tiller was taken to University Hospital for neck and back injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Police are still investigating but no tickets have been issued. According to police reports, the players in the car were the victims of the crash.