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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: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Would that make you feel better.  That will never happen and even if it did you still didnt earn it.  It wasnt PED's it was probable pot and if they beat you while suffering the munchies imagine what they would have done straight



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:16 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Do they test for alcohol?



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:11 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Way too many people here are missing the point.  It's not that athletes at Syracuse were smoking pot.  Lots of college students do that.  It's that the athletes violated the student/athlete conduct code and the university covered it up.  Why have rules about drug use if you don't inforce them? And if you have rules and players violate them, then they are ineligible to play.



Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:06 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Marquette #1 now right?



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:03 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

@OSUBUCKS, that was for you.



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Um, like when syracuse lsot to Vermont in 2005? or Butler in 2010?



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:00 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

What's sad is fans of schools with an enormous amount of NCAA investigations and sanctions over the past couple decades are the ones trying to play the "Holier than Thou" card....please spare us your witty comments!

But hey, a couple journalists have "4 unknown/unnamed sources with intimate knowledge of the basketball program" so it has to be true right? I mean without providing any indisputable proof, Syracuse is just dirty, and they should be banned for all eternity....and let's not forget to fire Jim Boeheim....again...LOL what a bunch of CLOWNS!!!! 

  



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:49 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I find it so fascinating that these things always come out years and years after they apparently happen. Of course none of the current players have tested positive for anything. If this story is at all true then Syracuse should not be allowed to compete in this years tournament. I don't like the idea of the #2 team missing the NCAA tournament just for competition sake but this is crap. How many good players have tested positive in that program that were allowed to play in the past? How many wins does Syracuse have due to this? Jim Boeheim's legacy is crumbling fast and so is Syracuse reputation for being a clean basketball program. 



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Jim B. is slimy? I'm not a Syracuse fan, but from my vantage point I would not call him slimy. Calipari seems very slimy, but not Boeheim. But who knows college athletics is a pretty slimy industry.



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:25 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Kentucky and Syracuse, the top two college basketball programs complete with slimy head coaches who have to cheat to win.


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