Syracuse's Carter to return in fall

Syracuse running back Delone Carter will be suspended the rest of the spring and the summer but will be allowed to return in the fall, his attorney said.

Carter was suspended in the final week of the Orange's spring practice after being charged with misdemeanor assault. He was accused of punching a student who threw a snowball at him.

Attorney George Raus said Carter was barred from school under Syracuse's disciplinary measures but should be reinstated for the fall semester and in time to play for Syracuse this season. The senior led the team in rushing last year with more than 1,000 yards. Raus said Carter had agreed to perform 200 hours of community service.

"He has accepted responsibility," Raus said.

It remains to be seen whether head coach Doug Marrone will hand out any further punishment to Carter, but Raus said he doesn't think Carter will miss any games.

"I think they'll let him play," he said. "He's their star player. And he's a nice kid who is liked by his teammates and coaches. He may have done a dumb thing, but all in all, he's a nice kid."

Missing the summer doesn't seem like it would be that big of a deal, especially for someone with as much experience as Carter has. But he'll have to work out and stay in shape on his own instead of with his teammates until he is reinstated. Raus said Carter will take incompletes on all of his coursework from this semester and try to make up for it on his own this summer with the cooperation of his instructors.