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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: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:24 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

If true, the NCAA should burn them! 

HOWEVER, how is this any different than the Florida football program??? 

Kids there are constantly getting nailed by the police for possession yet (almost) no one ever gets suspended by the school for failing tests???  How does that make sense???

See the link for this more info...




Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:21 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I love how Syracuse fans are just playing this off like its not big deal. 



Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:16 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

  1. Marquette? haha thats cute.



Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:16 pm
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Wake up Love
Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:03 pm
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Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:56 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

so if they are found to have been high on pot during games, do we get some of the losses back?



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:53 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

santa, big difference so far, tressel lied to the ncaa during the investigation, there is nothing yet to suggest boeheim has. you probably said he was going to get fired over the  fine garbage like paterno. you should get with doyel and you can colloberate on a puffing piece of quasi-journalism with some attention grabbing headline.



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:50 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

orangemen, thats kind of fair fetched, they are the press everything is protected....anyway... i guess its worse than getting a free tat, but if syracuse doesn't lie to the ncaa, i see possibly losing a scholarship if they can prove anything. players smoking marijuana and it being looked the otherway is happeneing everywhere, just like free tats for the players and 'bountys' on players. BIG DEAL. i amm sick of hearing about this crap. i like watching games, the drama/soap opera that espn and the rest have created they can keep. don't make me start watching 90210 reruns



Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I love how Syracuse fans are already trying to deflect the blame. I hope you realize if this is true and Boeheim knew about it, he is going to get the Tressel treatment and you can kiss that national championship goodbye.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:41 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

one would suspect that the drug test results were part a hippa protected infromation.. the receiving of this info os a crime as is the dissemination of the information... be interesting to see if there are any criminal charges against yahoo employees.... check out absence of malice.... these ole boys may end up in the federal pen after all...


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