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Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:18 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 6:38 pm
 
The Yahoo Sports story on drug violations is the latest off-court distraction for the Orange program. (AP)

By Matt Norlander


UPDATE: Syracuse University released this statement: "In accordance with NCAA regulations, it is the University's practice to self-report possible violations to the NCAA. We self-reported issues with drug testing to the NCAA, and there is currently an ongoing inquiry. The inquiry does not involve any current SU student-athletes. To ensure the integrity of the ongoing process, we are unable to comment further at this time."

Yahoo Sports is reporting Syracuse men's basketball has dealt with a pattern of violated drug tests over the course of the past 11 years. And not only that, but the program often overlooked, or ignored, those violations while players continued to be eligible. These transgressions could lead to action by the NCAA, if it deems the program willfully violated protocol. The 2003 NCAA championship season is currently under speculation, though not directly or solely, and could be retroactively investigated by the NCAA.

The news comes just as Syracuse finished one of its greatest regular seasons in program history, finishing with a 30-1 record and on the cusp of a No. 1 seed in next week's NCAA tournament. Does this mean anything for this year's team? That is unclear, but seems unlikely right now. The NCAA hasn't offered up a statement, and Jim Boeheim offered no comment to Yahoo Sports when they told him of their story.

From Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson and Pat Forde:
Over the course of a three-month investigation, four sources with intimate knowledge of the Syracuse men’s basketball program told Yahoo! Sports at least 10 players since 2001 have tested positive for a banned recreational substance or substances. The sources said all 10 of those players were allowed to practice and play at times when they should have been suspended by the athletic department, including instances when some players may not have known of their own ineligibility. The four sources said Syracuse violated its drug policy in at least two areas: failing to properly count positive tests; and playing ineligible players after they should have been subject to suspension.
There is no indication the drug policy violations have taken place this season, willfully or otherwise.

This news adds to the most dramatic off-court narratives during a season in the history of the program, as the allegations of sexual molestation against Bernie Fine was a fireball of a story at the start of this season. There was also a minor off-court story from January was a grades issue related to Orange center Fab Melo, who missed three games.

Syracuse is the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament and plays a to-be-determined opponent in Thursday's noon ET game at Madison Square Garden.

Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:44 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Sorry I looked back because I don't remember saying anythig about your post. I was reading someone elses post and must of hit the peply on the wrong one. You didn't say anythig wrong. Again sorry my fault.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

College students taking recreational drugs?  No!  Say it isn't so.

I know, shocking, right?

I was pumped when I hears Syracuse and Pitt were joining the ACC. Unlike the last expansion, this one will help basketball, which is the ACC's lifeblood and has been severely diluted by the football power play. I couldn't wait to see Boeheim matching wits with Coach K and ol' Roy on a regular basis. I hope Boeheim survives this non-scandal.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

GoMex -

you've been a voice of reason on this subject all day

and your Animal House references have been refreshing also

keep up the good work young man !

Mr Blutarski . . . 0.0 . . . .


 

 




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:39 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

How is it hiding of you self-report?



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Why is everyone whining about the sources on this one? Syracuse reported this to the NCAA. Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs for the university was the one that announced it.

"In accordance with NCAA regulations, it is the University's practice to self-report possible violations to the NCAA. We self-reported issues with drug testing to the NCAA, and there is currently an ongoing inquiry. The inquiry does not involve any current SU student-athletes. To ensure the integrity of the ongoing process, we are unable to comment further at this time."

Sounds like a reliable source to me. And about the ganjawanda. This isn't about kids smoking pot, just like tOSU wasn't about tattoos. This is about a coach or school hiding something from the NCAA that you're not supposed to. The thing itself might be minor, but it makes them look bad and it makes them wonder if that school might be hiding anything else. Just sayin' Cool



Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Hey blue blood you are truly ignorant. I wasn't saying that calipari is doing anything wrong, was saying what's next attack no 1 Kentucky. Re-read what I posted and re-take 6th grade English and perhaps you can comprehend what I said !



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:57 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

going out on a limb here...if all college basketball players who took recreational drugs were rightfully suspended for failing a drug test, we would be watching teams with 7 or 8 eligible players.  why is syracuse the school that is being made an example of???



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:12 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

It is obviously John Calipari's fault!



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

College students taking recreational drugs?  No!  Say it isn't so.



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Isn't it conveinent that this story breaks right before post season play starts. Whether the story is true or not its an attack on Boeheim because he had the balls to stand up to the writers and reporters that were trying to cash in on the Bernie Fine scandal. No personal motovation here right? Bullsh@t! I am so sick of "reporters and writers" manipulating a story to try and make it some monumental event. I'm sure the NCAA sticks their nose in and comes down with some "lack of institutional control sanctions". Which should be appealed until the NCAA punishes Penn State for the same "lack of Institutional control" for the Sandusky scandal. Miami, Ohio State and USC should be asking the NCAA where is the parity in enforcment? The whole thing stinks. I hope Syracuse storms their way to a National Title and shuts all these clowns up!


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