Marrone calls incidents over past weekend ‘distractions’

Syracuse coach Doug Marrone addressed two separate incidents that occurred over the weekend involving running back Prince Tyson-Gulley and wide receiver Marcus Sales during Big East media day on Tuesday.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Gulley was stabbed multiple times after a fight broke out at a party on Syracuse’s South Campus. Meanwhile, Sales and his brother were arrested and face felony drug charges.

None of it was good news for Marrone.

“Obviously, the incidents that have occurred is a distraction,” Marrone said. “The more distractions you have, the less opportunity you have to become a good football team.”

Sales came on strong at the end of the 2010 season, including catching five passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns as Syracuse win the Pinstripe Bowl. He finished the season with 414 yards to go along with four touchdowns. He was listed as one of the team’s starting receivers on the depth chart to start the season.

Gulley played 10 games as a true freshman last year and had 13 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown. He was slated to be the top backup to Antwon Bailey.

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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