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Plan for Syracuse's Delone Carter to return?

We've yet to hear any official word on the status of Syracuse running back Delone Carter, who was suspended from school after being charged with assaulting another student this spring.

But Orange assistant head coach Bob Casullo told ESPN Radio 97.7 in Syracuse today that there's a plan in place for Carter to return to the team. Casullo said he couldn't get into specifics, but then he had this to say:

"Trust me, Coach [Doug] Marrone and the administration have come up with a plan for Delone, and in my heart I believe it's going to work out for the best for him and for this football team. ... We'll welcome him back with open arms. ... Once he serves his penance, I'm sure he'll be back."

Carter was arrested near the end of spring practice for punching another student whom he mistakenly thought had thrown a snowball at his car. He cannot return to school until the fall semester begins, which will be near the end of fall camp.

The senior is clearly an important part of the Orange's hopes for 2010. He rushed for 1,021 yards last season -- fourth best in the Big East -- and 11 touchdowns. Syracuse has other solid backs in Averin Collier and Antwon Bailey, but neither has the power that the sturdily-built Carter brings to the backfield.

Casullo also had this to say about Carter:

"He really is a good young man. He has never been a problem for this football program, with either the prior staff or with our staff. He made a mistake, and he paid dearly for it. To his credit, he paid his debt."