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NCAA investigation of Syracuse has grown to include ‘major and wide-ranging’ violations

Mar 20, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

Jim Boeheim AP

The Syracuse University men’s basketball team is under investigation by the NCAA for “major and wide-ranging” violations, part of an investigation that has been going on for “years,” Dennis Dodd of is reporting.

According to the report, the NCAA’s investigation into possible violations of the drug policy has grown larger in scope, but is not related to the alleged sexual abuse case against former assistant Bernie Fine. Syracuse has acknowledged an NCAA investigation previously and the Fine case has already been dismissed by federal authorities.

It should be noted that the suspension of Syracuse forward James Southerland earlier this season was a result of the NCAA looking into the men’s basketball program. Perhaps the most striking quote in Dodd’s report is from a source with knowledge of the investigation:

“Throw a dart at the [NCAA] Manual [and you would hit a violation by Syracuse].”

The report quotes a source in saying that Syracuse has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA and the process will proceed from there.

Syracuse lost to Louisville in the Big East tournament championship game after giving up a 13-point halftime lead and being outscored, 56-26, in the second half. The Orange return to the floor Thursday against Montana in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.

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  1. navyeoddavee9 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Retirement time, Jimmy boy!

  2. sdb74 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    This NCAA stuff, the end of the Big East as we know it, the move to the ACC, age, & a couple other things point to this being Jim’s final tournament run & Mike Hopkins taking over thereafter.

    • lawrinson20 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:30 AM

      The brainless JB worshippers will continue to worship, no matter what happens to the program, while they point fingers at other programs.

      Pot, Kettle — get to know each other.

      I don’t even know if Hopkins would be well-served to take the gig at this point. Los Angeles calls while snow falls, and USC doesn’t have to compete against Pitt, NC, Duke, ND, and Louisville.

    • kingghidora - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Gee I thought it was Calipari that was the dirtiest coach in the business. CBS tried hard to prove that by inuendo. But it seems that the media darlings are dropping all around. UNC with their African Basket Weaving Studies department, Duke and their get all the jewelry you want day, and now the pin the tail on the Syracuse violation party. It wasn’t so long ago (like last year) that the Big East was the center of the universe with half the top 10 teams in the pre-season polls including mighty Syracuse on top. But that old cheater Cal put the whammy on that. He had to have cheated. He must have been paying players all along. That’s why they did so well this year too.

      The really sad part is that the Orange couldn’t even win by cheating like crazy. Put that in your bong and smoke it sports media. Wait I forgot. The did win “once”. Of course so did Wyoming and Oklahoma A&M won TWICE! Yeah the Big East deserved all those bids all those years despite rarely winning titles. Well to be fair UCONN has won 3 titles in the last 30 years. That gives the Big East 4 whole wins. The SEC has 6 in the same time period. But hey everyone knows the Big East is the best basketball conference. Just ask any talking head in the sports media.

      But seriously, you cheat and you cheat and you cheat and all that cheating finally pays off – with one title. Wow it must be worth it. Seriously. They didn’t do it for no reason. Well almost no reason.

      Don’t worry though. The NCAA will sweep it under the rug with the UNC scandal and the Duke scandal and the other Duke scandal (Corey Maggette) and the UCONN scandal. Don’t worry. The media carried UCONN’s water for them during the Boatright scandal. His poor mom just wanted a free ride to see her son play. Of course when UK’s players accept money the NCAA told him it was alright to take and then he offers to give it back when the NCAA reneges on their ruling that can only mean one thing – permanently ineligible. And if some wild fans of another program claim they saw an envelope pop open with money in it well that must be true and UK gets the death penalty. If that had happened at UCONN or ‘Cuse or any of the media darling teams it would have been “sorry, here’s your money you dropped” even if there had actually been any money. BTW UK assistant coach Casey won a huge lawsuit over that alleged envelope. Hmmm… How’s that work? I know! The story was a lie but hey that doesn’t stop the NCAA if they have you on the “teams we don’t like” list. But if you’re Duke you get to play in your home state every year (27 times compared to UK’s 2 times in the same time period).

      Maybe they’re finally catching on to the fact that the fans really don’t like all that favoritism. Nah!. They’ll slap Cuse on the wrist and it will be forgotten by next March. After all they play in that great American conference, the Big Eats. Wait. I forgot. That party’s over. Who will the media and the NCAA slobber all over now?

      BTW if they have known about this for years why is it they are just now doing something about it? I know. I know. They aren’t actually doing anything now. Easy answer.

      • arlingtonsynn - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Looks like you are already over losing in the first round of the NIT tourney.

  3. sdl65 - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    This whole NCAA act is getting old. Either come out with your findings or shut it down. This whole “years” thing is a joke.
    The NCAA is worse than the government. They need to figure out a better way as the current process is not working.

    • sailbum7 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      There needs to be a statute of limitations setting a deadline for the NCAA to either file their charges or drop it. The universities should not have to put up with a cloud hanging over them for years while so NCAA investigator with a bug up his ass tries to find enough dirt to get them. More often than not I think these investigations turn into personal vendettas against the school. An investigator gets it in hos head that a school is dirty and will keep digging until he find something, or plausibly manipulate thing to make the school look dirty. These investigations that drag on for years does not do anyone any good. It tarnishes the reputations of both the school and the NCAA and can have very real, negative impacts on the schools ability to recruit players. After all, who wants to sign with a school that might get hit with the death penalty your junior year.

    • mogogo1 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      The thing that doesn’t make any sense about the “years” thing is they apparently just sat back and let new violations continue to mount rather than bust them on older violations. What sense does that make? Can you imagine if your favorite school lost to a dirty program in a bowl game/NCAA tournament/etc only to find out the NCAA could have already had them on probation then? I’ve lost all confidence that the NCAA is fair in any way at all.

    • peelayer - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      I agree!!!
      All of the money the NCAA referees cost gamblers by allowing for their referees to cheat during games.
      Heck, they cheated during the Syracuse vs. Ohio State game last Year.
      This year the refs literally kept Louisville on the free throw line to give them a #1 seed .
      I thought the Refs in last weeks game wore Louisville jerseys the way they brought them back into the game against Cuse.
      Then the sports media never ever questions the refs.
      Heck, to me the NCAA is an institution geared around slavery the way they force students to follow guidelines that prevent them from getting paid for what they do.

      They allow the white colleges to get uber rich from the talent of black athletes.
      Can they get some of that money too.

      Then the US government allow states to make laws to protect this institution making it illegal for certain activity to occur.
      This is the most racist country ever and the government is involved like they were in creating the KKK.

      Stop oppressing the black athletes in this nation and the government needs to stop implementing laws to protect these super rich institutions.
      How can the NCAA say any college violated anything when they are the true violators????

  4. kingghidora - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    I look to the right on this page and see a slideshow of “legendary” cheater, John Wooden. They actually have the nerve to give him an award talking about how he represents the ideals of college sports. That must mean the ideals of college sports are to cheat like mad to win at any cost. Get yourself a sugar daddy and buy the best players money can buy and be sure to locate in a media town so no one will bother you. I kept looking for pictures of Sam Gilbert, the real face behind the UCLA dynasty but sure enough he wasn’t in any of the photos. How can that be? Without his money, his cars, his clothes, his abortions (totally illegal at the time), etc. UCLA wouldn’t have won a single championship. Yeah Wooden set the stage for Syracuse. Be from NY or CA or at least from the east coast especially from the northeast and you can cheat all you like. Of course there are certain teams that get to cheat all through the country. But if you dare to steal the thunder of the New York teams your team will be on the crap list for eternity. The lies and distortions will never end. You’ll become the home to racism, fascism, homophobia, and pedophilla – wait that last one is for the teams they like – like Syracuse!

    College sports is almost as corrupt as the NBA. Remember Tim Donaghy? Nothing has ever really been done about that. They even give boxing a run for their money. Who can forget the plaster punch fights, the Don King roundup of falsified record fighters, the IBF racketeering charges and convictions for money laundering, etc., etc. etc..

    Don’t worry. The NCAA is catching up fast. With high profile cases like Cam Newton, the Ohio St. bowl boys, Corey Maggette, etc. etc. etc. they will soon be just as connected to scandal as the rest of sports.

    So don’t worry Cuse fans. Jimmy B. will likely get an award for exemplifying the essence of college sports. Wooden did and look how much he cheated. Jimmy’s problem is he just didn’t cheat well enough though. He needed to cheat to win.

  5. kingghidora - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Gee I see that people wanting the investigation shut down are much more popular than those (me) who tell the actual truth. What’s that tell you? The fans want cheating. That’s what it tells me. They like cheaters apparently. There’s zero doubt that UNC cheated yet nothing has been done. How can you like that? I know. Because the media tells you it’s ok and you’re their lackeys and stooges. Yep, that’s it.

    • zapainhurtzalot - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      UNC cheated? You mean in football? Yeah, athletes did they got caught and punished! There were no staff or administration members involved in that.

      We’re talking basketball here, if you are referring to that, then WTH are you talking about? UNC has the cleanest basketball program in the nation, hands down! I’ve never heard about any cheating allegations against them. Point me to the source that is making these allegations, for I’m a HUGE Tarheel fan and follow the program very closely and I’m not aware of this.

      I earned all my degrees there and taught there over of a period of 10 years. If your accusations are something outside the academic arena, then I’d really love to see them. I can tell you one thing, I filled out so much paperwork for students that were in all of the athletic programs for NCAA eligibility and UNC is extremely diligent in that department I can tell you first hand.

      • lundy337 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Yes u*nc cheated in football and got a slap on the wrist so far. They weren’t allowed by NCAA enforcement to claim a title or play in the post season yet somehow they’ve ignored that totally and put up a billboard in Charlotte to claim the coastal division “championship” along with t-shirts AND championship rings. REALLY?!? The absurdity!

        You say basketball didn’t cheat? The only reason you can make that claim is because nobody has looked! That’s the way the university is trying to keep it too! The Martin report is a whitewash and we all know it. Maybe you’ve seen Peppers transcript? He played basketball too. How many basketball players took fake AFAM classes?
        Wasn’t the entire starting lineup on the ’05 NCAA champs team AFAM majors? How does one university always have players eligible AND graduating despite the horrible academic backgrounds some of these players come from? Hiding behind FERPA will only work for so long.

        As far as the source you must be hiding under a blue rock. Here is a link from The News & Observer.

        And what about Hansborough’s hot mom? Working for the University “fund” making $100K a year to fundraise? And by “fundraising” we mean marriage wrecking and flying around on the u*nc hospital jet to watch her son play ball not only with u*nc but the other one playing for Notre Dame, because lots of Notre Dame alums apparently like to donate to u*nc. Riiiiiight!!!!
        That’s not only questionable for NCAA issues but the DA’s office is looking into the criminal aspect of her and Kupec using fund money to jet around the country. They paid back the $20K so it’s ok, time to more on. Riiiiiight?!

        You are typical of the u*nc inbreeder. Earning all your degrees in the same place and teaching too, (how many grades were changed for athletes without your knowledge?). Usually making claims that you’re the best of everything without any perspective on how anyone else does anything. Your university has allowed athletics to skate “so far” at the expense of your academic reputation (or do you have your head in the sand on the SACS investigation too?). So the fact that you filled out some NCAA forms doesn’t impress me especially with all the known fraud that is currently being outed and investigated.
        u*nc may be diligent at something but at the moment it seems that its mostly concerning the cover-up….

      • peelayer - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I wouldn’t trust anything coming from the NCAA!!!|

  6. florida727 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    It’s unfortunate, but those that hate Syracuse or Boeheim or both will use this as an excuse to demand his resignation or push him toward retirement or just heap on the hate. Those that love Syracuse or Boeheim or both will excuse his involvement or deny it exists at all. It’s unfortunate because it’s the nature of being a “fan”. It’s easier if you can look at it practically because you have no rooting interest one way or the other. If he’s guilty, he should pay a price. If his guilt cannot be proven, emphasis on the word PROVEN, then he should be left alone and be able to decide for himself when he wants to step down. Love him or hate him, he’s accomplished a lot at that school and done a lot in the community. Anytime you have that long a tenure, you’ll have your supporters and your detractors, especially when there’s a scandal brewing. Kind of like that football coach in Pennsylvania some time back.

  7. rmfields - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Hmm… I wonder how this announcement will affect their play in the tournament? Might have to go change around my brackets a bit…

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