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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
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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.

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Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:06 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

The SyrABUSE name will still apply regardless if Bernie Fine is innocent.  This is a distraction heading into the NCAA tourney!




Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

"Whoever leaked this story is lying and is obvioulsy out for the money."  -- Jim Boeheim



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

probably got the drugs from mrs fine after she satisfied them, you know what i mean?



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:01 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Guarantee this number is way higher!  That's just the number they could confirm.  When I went to Western Kentucky University, it was the inside joke, and well known, that the entire football team smoked.  Then again, they were a bunch of punks, banned from every bar and fraternity party on campus.



Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:00 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

wildcatrick3:
Buy you some blow or pot ,get high and than learn how to hold a cup on the streets of New York begging for money
First, take the Kentucky Fried Chicken out of your gob and learn to speak the English language ('buy you some..."?).  Second, and I might be mistaken here, but I'm pretty sure I saw you earlier at 42nd and 7th earlier in an Elmo outfit and a used solo gup.  So perhaps you shouldn't throw stones, oh follower of another P Forde victim known as John Calipari.




Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:45 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Nice story  guess that means to play basketball for Syracuse you need to like having sex with asst. coach , than have sex with asst. coaches wife . Buy you some blow or pot ,get high and than learn how to hold a cup on the streets of New York begging for money



Since: Mar 4, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Forde and Mark Schwartz are trying soooooooooo hard to get Boeheim fired.  Sodomy, old wives' tales, academics now dope.  Do you really think the NCAA will vacate the 2003 National Title.  We're not talking about boosters or point-shaving. 

Thoughts: (i) Unfortunately, the judicial system is archaic and justice is green.  Under the current laws, there's no way we'll ever know what happened with Fine.  He'll be living the rest of his life in isolation and fear; (ii) Who knows about Mrs. Fine, but this resembles a political smear campaign; (iii) Fab is bi-polar.  His neurologist changed his medication and he had problems with school.  What can you do?  At least he was punished accordingly.  Make what you will of it;  (iv) Smoking weed is bad.  College athletes shouldn't do it, but they do. 

What else do you pigs have? 




Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Other related Pat Forde headlines:<br /> <br /> "Sky might be blue, and then again might not be"<br /> <br /> "A guy on the street told me Calipari is a raging alcoholic"<br /> <br /> "Shaq is likely taller than you"<br /> <br /> This guy is the worst. He's either captain obvious or likes to get the rumor mill going...typically going after whoever is on top at the time.  Listen, if SU violated the rules and it can be proven, then they should be punished.  But until then, this supposed journalism of innuendo and no facts is a joke. 

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Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I'm shocked that only 10 SU basketball players have been caught smoking pot in the last 11 years.

If I drug tested my students, I'd et more than 10 positives in one class of 40 students. SU Basketball is remarkably drug free.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

This is obviously Calipari's fault.


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