Syracuse is dealing with a self-imposed postseason ban this season and it appears that this extends all the way to the team's mascot, Otto the Orange, who was left out of the ACC tournament's annual mascot game on Thursday.
The Associated Press reports that the conference's other 14 mascots all participated in the event but the anthropomorphic fruit was nowhere to be seen.
This was only Syracuse's second season in the conference, so Otto has only made one appearance in the mascot game, but he showed off speed and a mid-range game that had a lot of fans excited to see what he could do with more experience in this year's contest.
In addition to the postseason ban, Syracuse will lose 12 scholarships and Jim Boeheim will be suspended for the first nine conference games next season, after the NCAA found the program committed academic fraud and allowed illegal booster activity.
- Brendan Maloy