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Syracuse investigation will ramp up Boeheim retirement speculation

Mar 21, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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At this point, it shouldn’t surprise you that Syracuse had a bombshell drop the day before they were to begin NCAA tournament play.

That’s just how it works in Upstate New York. I was just shocked that Fab Melo wasn’t ruled ineligible again.

This time, however, things look like they might be a bit more seriously, as CBSSports.com and Syracuse.com are both reporting that the NCAA is starting to dig around the hoops and the football program. Syracuse.com went a bit more in-depth with their report, so here’s some of the relevant information:

An NCAA investigator was in Central New York in August questioning at least one former SU associate dean about the university’s handling of a 2007 sexual assault complaint against three basketball players.

The investigator, Meg Babcock Locker, spent two hours interviewing former associate dean David Potter at his home in Manlius, he said last week. Potter recommended Locker also interview SU professor and former dean Cathryn Newton.

Locker, contacted by The Post-Standard last week, refused to comment.

Locker’s questions focused on how SU handled the October 2007 complaint from a freshman who said she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus party by basketball players Jonny Flynn, Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson in their freshman year, Potter said.

It seems like there is still plenty of legwork left to do in this case, but that’s not what’s interesting to me.

Last week, we wrote about how the speculation around Jim Boeheim’s retirement after the season wasn’t going to stop anytime soon. This certainly won’t change that.

He’s 68 years old. He’s hand-picked his successor, Mike Hopkins, and that successor is interviewing for other head coaching jobs. The Orange are leaving the conference that he helped build. And now there is an NCAA investigation into his program.

The storyline and the narrative was perfect for Boeheim to leave prior to this investigation making headlines.

It’s not like this is going to make his final years in Syracuse easier.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. raysfan1 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Wouldn’t events from 2007 be outside the statute of limitations for sanctions? (barring a PSU-esque cover up be found of course)

    • fatediesel - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Per the syracuse.com link in the story there’s no statute of limitations for “investigating more serious cases of “gross, willful and wanton disregard for the rules.”

      • LPad - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        that’s true but I don’t think it has anything to do with 2007. The University and City police were involved almost immediately and it went to a grand jury, where the jury ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed to trial.

        This probably an academic thing or travel benefit thing since football may be involved.

  2. LPad - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Also the timing of this story is weird. There is no way that the NCAA would announce anything during the tournament and there are reports from over a year ago that they may be under investigation and this latest report offers no new information.

  3. johnelwayishorsefaced - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Rob-remember when you belittled that blogger for for reporting that he was going to retire? You went as far as to say you would not dignify the report by putting a link to it in your article and you even put the word “report” in quotes when addressing it. You should apologize to that blogger and then you should try to not be so smug in the future. I won’t hold my breath.

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