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April 17, 2024

‘Cuse and Boehiem Punished by NCAA

by Matt Norlander, CBS –

The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions has announced significant punishments against the Syracuse men’s basketball program and its longtime, Hall of Fame coach, Jim Boeheim. Boeheim will be suspended for the team’s first nine ACC games next season and the school will lose three scholarships per year through 2018-19 as punishment for infractions that occurred with the men’s basketball program over the past 10 years.

The trangressions include “academic misconduct,” repeated drug violations and a booster doling out cash to Syracuse players and staff members.

“Over the course of a decade, Syracuse University did not control and monitor its athletics programs, and its head men’s basketball coach failed to monitor his program,” the NCAA’s release states.

The school and Boeheim will also be forced to vacate its victories “in which ineligible men’s basketball students played in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12.” Boeheim won 135 games in those five seasons; 106 of the wins will be taken out of the record books. His 2012-13 team, which reached the Final Four, was not found in violation of NCAA rules.

The NCAA also retroactively fined Syracuse $500 per game for contests that featured an ineligible player.

“The school must return to the NCAA all funds it has received to date through the former Big East Conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament,” according to the NCAAA’s release.

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