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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: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:22 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy


Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:20 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Blind eye'ss plural i am sure this is just syracuse right. This happens EVERYDAY EVERY SCHOOL including NOTRE DAMN the good Catholics, BYU the good Mormans, and every where else, STUPID @@@@!

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:18 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Drugs are bad.  Mmmmmmkay?

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:15 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I hope they weren't smoking marijuana! Not in college for gods sake!
They will burn in hell! Just ask the yahoo employees cause i'm sure none of those guys smoked any of the devil's weed in college! 

Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:11 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Keep turning a blind eye so your team can win a National Championship!  

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:01 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Anything to destroy a great season!!  Come on guys, they would be undefeated if they didnt sit Melo for 3 games this year as a result of academic issues.

Until there is an investigation, or a disclosure of these "Phantom Four" sources, I say Yahoo Sports should leave Boheim, one of the most deserving coaches in the history of the NCAA, alone!!!

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:56 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

There is as much evidence here against them as you can find against Calipari for him being responsible for Marcus Camby and D Rose SAT. Puff puff give

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:54 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Ya know whatever happened or didn't happen, I'm getting sick of this NCAA 'cloud' they sometimes just seem to hang over schools and players, while they do nothing in terms of a real investigation. I mean what else do they do that they can't send 5 or 10 people to investigate something and find out within a week or two if there is anything to that story? Cam Newton, nothing. Ohio State, it took the feds to get things moving on that. D. Rose is ok to play, opps no he's not. Corey Maghette. Davis being paid to go to UK. etc. etc. It was Shabazz last week, and now this. If they aren't going to do anything for awhile, why come out with it now? It just seems like another in a string of inept inactions from an organization that makes millions every year, and claims integrity is important to their image and the sports involved. Put up or shut up NCAA. Fans are tired of rumors and guessing and waiting to see. Cool

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:54 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

When you are an elite program the witch hunts will always be out there. Whether this case is true or not proves to the point on my previous statement. Syracuse had better in my opinion tighten things up if they are not already because the Fine scandal has opened up all areas of where the program can be put under a microscope. An you will get the dregs from yahoo who love to dig this stuff up to make a story for money whether its true or not they will print and hope for the shock and awe value.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:52 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Unless this means that Kansas gets the 2003 National Title, I don't care.

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