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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 15, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:46 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I am always intrigued by the timing of these stories.......... I wonder who the whistle blower is!

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:35 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

How the hell does this come out literally days away from the NCAA tournament where the Cuse's will be a number one seed regardless of how they do in the Big East Tournament.

IF true, this is not just "lack of institutional control" it's "loss of institutional control." Obviously they forfeit any games where ineligible players played, but that's just the start. The NCAA doesn't work quickly so I doubt if this year's team is affected (unless they find issues with the testing  this year). But you could see a loss of scholarships and recruiting restrictions in the future. A ban from postseason play seems unlikely.

The speculation of the 2003 season is interesting, particularly if Anthony tested positive. Do you simply vacate the title like they did with USC in football, or do they give it to Kansas. Ironically, Memphis came close to vacating the title in 2008 but they blew a 9 point lead with 2 minutes left to-----Kansas. Rose was subsequently declared ineligible.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:25 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

The unofficial rumor during the Bernie Fine blowup was that Boeheim secretly agreed to step down after this season.  This latest revelation only confirms that rumor, even if he had no knowledge of Fine's alleged indiscretions or these drug tests.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:14 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Pleaase....... You thinnk KaitlinTexas has a bit of an agenda?  Most UK fans are great, but there are some that can't wait to get to a Cuse story to talk nonsense.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:03 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

let the battle between doyle and whitlock begin.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:59 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

locknoleler, its a minor infraction. as long as you don't lie during the investigation nothing is going to happen. kids taking money is much worse which is a violation of ncaa rules not simply the  schools and lately has just been a slap on the wrist and a payback. this idea that SU is going down or is doomed is just media hype and idiots who can't differentiate between two distinctly different situations, the same people who compared boeheim to paterno in november. worse case scenerio,  look at ohio st and usc, yeah their football teams are really hurting now, they only pulled down top ten recruiting classes. baylor is better now than they ever were after they killed eachother. but if you think boeheim is going to be fired you haven't been paying attention lately.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:53 pm
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Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:52 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

katin, thanks for the laugh. priceless. yes we are all in denial

Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:48 pm
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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:28 pm

Whistling through the graveyard.....

If you look closely at the accusations, and the reporters that broke this story, you will immediately see that there is indeed some risk here for Syracuse. Certainly the evidence must be presented, but if Syracuse University (coaches, administrators, program officials, etc.) knowingly allowed drug-use violations to go unaddressed this is a major NCAA violation. The most senior of reporters (Pat Forde) had his name on this, so there is little chance it is bogus.

If I am a Syracuse fan, and in particular if I am Jim Boeheim, I am very nervous right now. I doubt Boeheim survives this.....seriously.  There has been way too much controvery up there. If he is in the know on this, he's probably toast. Sad really. To think that in a season where so much has been positive ON the court, so much has been negative OFF the court.

There is much more hair on this one than some Orange fans are willing to admit........ 

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