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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: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:50 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

This is going to get ugly. So long Boeheim. Fault or no fault it's coming down on you.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:42 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy


Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:32 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

A clear view of this "story"...

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:14 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Drugs to help you get over being molested by Fine.... great program Boeheim.   They should see some vacated games, but they won't, because their Big East.  NCAA  has kind of a hands off approach to them and Duke.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:04 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

NCAA is clueless on this and probably that's the best thing that can happen.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:00 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Case is closed, Calipari not guilty. Look at the facts that was found The athletic director was found guilty for what happend and if you go back and read his statement when he finaly got caught he admitted to lying to school and to all the coaches. The same goes with Syracuse the school is guilty but does anyone know if the told the coaches. If they did then they are guilty if not then thier not. Schools ( athletic department) don't always tell everything and when it comes to players thats where coaches get most of thier info about a player.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:55 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Zaber - actually zaber i dont need to provide any details, my post was simply to prove a point and my son and the other players do not need their names or school known. I really dont care about your opinion and the only steaming load of BS is the fact that you have nothing more to offer to this stream than that!

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:45 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

who cares if the players were ineligible during their championship year. you can't take away "the block" and the party in NOLA afterwards. you can have the rophy, ill keep the memories

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:39 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Response to Slowgun’s statement “It's sad that loyality to a college basketball team is reason to defend a child molester.”

The de facto justification for the irresponsible trashing of Fine’s reputation was/is the alleged smoking-gun audiotape in which Fine’s wife chats up Davis about Bernie’s sexuality. ESPN aired the tape as proof that Fine molested Davis as a child.

If you listen to the tape objectively, if you take the time to piece together what we now know, the tape is nothing more than an insinuation that Bernie Fine is gay and/or bisexual. His wife expresses that she believes he’s gay. Bobby Davis claims he engaged in a sexual relationship with Fine. VanHooser now says the only thing he didn’t lie about was having a sexual relationship with Fine as an adult.

Listen to the tape again or read the transcript. Laurie Fine sounds like a middle-aged wife/mother who is justifiably bitter and upset that her marriage is a sham. For the sake of their children and Bernie’s career, it’s quite possible they stayed in their fraudulent, dysfunctional, “American Beauty” marriage. They would not be the first or last to make that decision. And Laurie Fine’s bitterness and unease with the situation would not make her the first or last spouse to occasionally lash out verbally.

Is it really all that shocking that, in a phone conversation with a young man Laurie Fine believes her husband was sexually involved with, her words painted Bernie as a sick sexual deviant who liked young boys?

The tape isn’t a smoking gun. That’s why the Post-Standard and ESPN didn’t run with it in 2003 and 2004. The tape is proof that Bernie, Laurie and Bobby were involved in a complex sexual, financial, emotional three-way relationship that Maury Povich and several lie detectors couldn’t sort through.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:28 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

"Sources report".  What a joke of a non story. Put this on your Bernie Fine page for "enquiring" minds..The only reporters with less credibility than Pat Forde appears to be Mark Schwarz and John Barr (Gene Keady comb over)...

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