Syracuse got a double dose of bad news over the weekend. First, it was reported that backup running back Prince Tyson-Gulley was stabbed when a fight broke out at an on-campus party early Friday morning. Then, receiver Marcus Sales was arrested and faces felony drug charges.
Syracuse has given no update on Gulley, but his wounds were not considered life-threatening. Gulley was listed as the backup to Antwon Bailey on the latest depth chart. Sales was listed as a starter with Van Chew. Coach Doug Marrone said in two separate statements that he would handle both the Gulley and Sales situations internally.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Sales and his brother, Michael Sales Jr., were driving in a car that was stopped for running a red light on Friday night. Police reports showed there was the smell of marijuana in the car.
Among items found in the car were marijuana, hydrocodone and acetaminophen tablets, three digital scales, and a plastic cup with gin, according to the police reports.
Both Sales and his brother were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia. Last season, Sales caught 26 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns.
Incidents like this are never good for your program, but the timing is obviously even worse with the opening of fall camp just days away. Marrone is in Newport, R.I., for Big East media days, and no doubt will be asked for more information when he addresses reporters.