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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.


Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:03 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Switch team profile to su to show your distaste for slanderous journalism......while your at it pull for the raiders

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:57 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

GREAT STUFF COMING FROM A SAINTS FAN (sure your kin folk star on Swamp People). Bounties are ok....just no parking on the grass . I love sports but come on.....I wish I had millions so I could privately investigate congressmen, media folks, etc.....Tebow would say let him without sin cast the first stone..... What about all the scandals at Espn..Sean Salisbury..etc.... What's good for the goose is good for the gander..

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:46 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

this program has known to be dirty and no one has done anything using academically ineligible players and now drug heads college sports suck

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:44 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

By the way....I am a GATOR fan......SEC RULES

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:43 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Two of. The. Charges against Bernie were tossed. The feds never found anything. The first two accusers stories were never confirmed. Espn releases the mrs fine tape years later. No players named again. Guilty until proven innocent. What makes me augh is that the journalists make and break programs. Whether it been football or hoop. NCAA just counts it money

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:31 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I think that the NCAA is more interested in "performance enhancing" drugs rather than "recreational" drugs, but it is another indication that institutional control at Syracuse is a laughing matter.

In this case though I have less interest in Syracuse players smoking weed.  It wasn't that long ago that 3 LSU starting football players received a slap on the hand for exactly the same offense prior to the Alabama game.  The interest the NCAA showed in that case was non-existenet.

This report is more about piling it on Syracuse since they have gone through numerous scandals during the season and the fact that they are one of the best teams in the NCAA.  There is little news here.  You don't see reports on the front page when a player on a Division II team or a 2-27 team pops positive. 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:22 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

What a shock! Shadyness following Jim Boeheim around. It's ok, I'm sure he'll find a way to pass the buck. Maybe he can blame the testers like he blamed the victims of his pedophile assistant. There are plenty of coaches who walk a fine line morally, but this dude has got to be the dirtiest player in the game. His violations aren't just recruiting or practice hours. His are drug and molestation related. Someone remind me how this guy still has a job at an institution of higher learning.

Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:15 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

So now, Boeheim didnt have any knowledge of the child molestation issue that was prevalent for the past decade + and he also didnt have any knowledge of the DOUBLE DIGIT number of failed drug tests that occurred over the past decade.  Is there anything that Jim does remember from the past decade.  I like Boeheim, but I am starting to see a pattern here and it isnt painting a pretty picture.  He better keep winning ball games.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:02 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Syracuse is being attacked for leaving the Big East....a univeristy character assassination

they did self-report so whats the big deal?

IF your team got whupped by cheech and chong quit hating

I wonder if JB Reef - Snyder had anything to do with this?

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:47 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I want names and dates......otherwise.......SO WHAT!

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