Syracuse suspends Phillip Thomas

Syracuse starting free safety Phillip Thomas has been suspended for one year for an undisclosed violation of athletics department rules, the school announced late Friday.

His Orange career is likely over.

Thomas, a junior, has been the best player on the defense this season, leading the team with 82 tackles and the Big East with six interceptions. Jeremi Wilkes is the likely replacement in the starting lineup. Syracuse is off this week before playing Cincinnati next Saturday.