Doug Marrone has suspended two more players for the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday, with one of the two being a significant piece of the Syracuse goal line offense. The Post-Standard is reporting the news, but did not cite a reason for the suspension:
SU head coach Doug Marrone suspended sophomore Moore and reserve tight end Max Beaulieu due to violations of athletic department rules. A news release announcing the suspensions did not specify what the two did.
Ameen-Moore didn’t play early in the season but started getting on the field in the short-yardage formation called the tank package. Coaches lined him up at tailback and had Ameen-Moore follow the blocking of reserve linebacker Lewellyn Coker, who lined up at fullback.
Double-U, Tee, Eff. To the people (and by people, I mean everyone in the world) who thinks the waiting period from the end of the regular season to the bowl game is too long, here is another argument to make your case. We don’t know what the two players did, but this incident results in the fourth player to be suspended for the Orange for this bowl game. Steve Rene and Marquis Spruill were suspended for an incident they had with the police, with the two also having charges pending against them.
From a football perspective, losing the tank package could really hurt this offense, which struggled mightily at times throughout the season inside the red zone. On top of getting goal line carries, we saw some great things from Ameen-Moore in the Temple game, so his loss will definitely be felt. It is something this team can overcome, but the loss will definitely be felt if the team struggles to put the ball in the end zone from close.