It has not been a very good last few days off the field for the Syracuse football program. Just in the last week, one starting member of the Orange has been arrested on felony drug charges while another was stabbed multiple times during an on-campus party that turned into a brawl.
That string of off-field negativity continues this morning, with a member of the Colorado football program — or, to be technically correct, a former member — thrown in for good measure.
The Boulder Daily Camera is reporting that Syracuse quarterback Jonny Miller (pictured, No. 7) and Colorado offensive lineman Bryce Givens, who were teammates at a Castle Rock, Colo., high school in 2007, were arrested early Wednesday morning following an “incident” in the city Boulder. Miller was charged with third-degree assault and possession of fake identification, while Givens was charged with suspicion of robbery.
By way of the Daily Camera, here’s the account the alleged victim gave university police:
The 21-year-old victim said he was walking home from downtown Boulder at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when he was approached by two men near 13th Street and College Avenue. One of the men punched him in the face, he said. The victim told police the two men then took his cash and cell phone before running into a residence in the 900 block of College Avenue. He then called police from a nearby friend’s house.
Police suspect that Miller was the one who threw the punch.
Givens had already been serving an indefinite suspension for beating up defenseless vehicles this past January, but will not be returning to the team following this latest incident.
“That ship has sailed,” first-year head coach Jon Embree said when asked about a possible return. “It was a long, long, long, long shot from the beginning, but now that ship has sailed.”
Miller did not appear in any games as a freshman in 2010, and will/would’ve entered summer camp behind starter Ryan Nassib and backup Charley Loeb. An email sent to the school seeking clarification on Miller’s status with the team has yet to receive a response.
Incidentally, the Orange reported to camp on Thursday and will hold their first practice of the summer today.