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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: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:35 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

It amazes me that this went un-noticed over the years.  We have all heard of coaches protecting their players...but sorry...this doesn't meet simple standards.  Makes you wonder if any of these allegations will cause games to be forfeited? 

For the bigger schools with the large money accounts...beware...its about time things start to surface against you and lead you to an official investigation.  Ohio State was just the start...then Penn State, Oregon, and many more to come.  Universities need to do some self cleaning prior to getting the hammer thrown at them! 

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:35 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

This isn't about uk....almost all the uk comments are pretty funny and pro SU...well pro they hate dumb reports.  Chill.  This is all about the number two team in the nation and any dirt they can be dig up.  If there is a problem the ncaa will investigate and go from there.  So what. 

Like the police say at the scene....."There's nothing here....move along."    

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:34 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Here we go again with Charles Robinson's stellar reporting that is ironclad until real facts arise.  The four letter network and Yahoo will have their pundits gripe and argue calling for the basketball program to be shutdown until the real story is in the press.  Robinson truly enjoys the limelight until his stories are proven false.  

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:32 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Kentucky picks Syracuse, Duke, and UNC out of its stool in the morning a$$wipe........Kentucky is what those three programs want to be when they grow up.......

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:31 pm
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Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:30 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Pat Forde should have went on and tossed Cal into the mix to spice things up. Good luck the rest of the year CUSE.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:26 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Of course, you're an idiot that was inbred.  There is nothing about Kentucky that helps the USA, except the fantastic dentists who come from New York to try to help retain a tooth or two. Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina need no comments from the Kentucky troglodytes!

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:22 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Jim Boeheim = JoePa, Jr. The Big East can't get rid of these dregs fast enough. Good riddance. Fortunately for Syracuse, all of their transgressions will be considered minor in the cesspool ACC.

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:20 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

LOL to much fun but being for real It is very hard for the coaches of colleges to keep up with their players their, ass. coaches. I would say this goes on at ever college. Syracuse is a good ball teaam and they have a great coach, coaches.

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:10 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Syracuse =8 ball

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