There is some good news and some bad news for fans of the Syracuse Orange tonight. The men's basketball team cruised past a pretty terrible St. John's team 87-58 in Madison Square Garden. The game was never really in doubt and while no one will complain about a blow out win under any circumstances, the game was actually kind of boring. A loss to St. John's would have sent the Orange straight towards the bubble and caused a meltdown of epic proporations throughout the fanbase, so it was good to see them take care of business in commanding fashion.
However, while the good times were rolling in New York City, the Syracuse Athletic Department dropped a bomb related to the football program - Arthur Jones, the best returning player on a rebuilding team, has torn a pec muscle lifting weights and will undergo surgery to fix the problem.
So far there is no time frame set for his return, but we can safely say spring football is out. The season is 6 months away, here's hoping he's able to get on the field by then, he's a special player on a team that doesn't have many right now. It's clearly a tough break at the start of the Doug Marrone era - and it dampens a nice win by the hoop team. Clearly, this is Norm Roberts fault - when that guy is involved, nothing good happens.