Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill still eligible for Pinstripe Bowl, per report

Syracuse Orange starting linebacker Marquis Spruill is still eligible to play in the Pinstripe Bowl, head coach Doug Marrone told The Daily Orange's Chris Iseman Wednesday at the bowl's official press conference in New York.

Early Sunday morning, the junior linebacker was charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree assault after grabbing a police officer in a public altercation that involved teammate Steve Rene.

Spruill reportedly was arrested for the assault and placed inside a police vehicle where he then kicked open the door almost striking an officer.

"Obviously we’re disappointed in the behavior of both of our players," Marrone said. "I’ll handle it internally. That’s really it."

Though nothing official has been announced, Marrone's comments are surprising as most believed Spruill would not be kicked off the team but would at least be ineligible for Syracuse's bowl game Saturday, Dec. 29, against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Spruill, who's fourth on the team in tackles (36) and has collected two sacks, is considered one of the leaders of the defensive unit.

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