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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: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:17 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Drugs are ever where and i must say this is most likely going on at ever college. It very hard for coaches  to over see ever thing going on in it;s program. Tell me how hard it is to keep a eye on your own children theses days. I say most of your kids are users and most do alot of things you don't know. So why is it any different at the college level

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:16 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

my son played ncaa baseball and 5 players tested positive for marijuana by their own AD and all were immediately suspended for 3weeks. 

Odd.  You think that would have made headlines.  Which school?  When?  You'll have to provide some details or it will be deemed a steaming load of BS.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:14 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

"Mellow?" LOL. Who are these people who post comments?

Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:01 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Hmm, let's start with Mellow, and go on to some other top players. You know the good players were allowed to play. The question is, were any of them ineligible when they were on their championship runs?

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:55 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I am not a 'Cuse hater in general, but I am not a fan of the Big Least as I think many of the teams have been overhyped over the years.  That being said, these types of accusations are tricky.   This is especially true in this case since many of the events were allegedly 20-30 years ago.  It is a lot of he said, he said and finger pointing.  It is interesting that all of Fine's current accusers have been debunked or called liars.  Unfortunately in cases like this, where there is smoke,  there is a fire nearby....

In the case of the positive drug tests, if there is not a clear-cut policy, then what is all the fuss about?  Most likely some of the players were caught with a little weed in their systems.  How many of us smoked a little weed here and there and did not get booted from college or suspended?  I think the cuse should have been a little more upfront about this (going back the last 10+ years?), but why dredge this up just before the tourny?  Kinda crappy if you ask me...

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:52 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Who cares so they smoked a little pot. I would rather have my players smoking pot once in awhile then going out and getting hammered drunk. Things usually go wrong when alcohol is involved but rarely when people are chilling, smoking a joint

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:46 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Hey CBS admins. FU stands for Fordham University. How do you like that for sports talk? Cool

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:26 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

You forgot to mention to taped phone call with Bernie's wife admitting she knew what he was doing with Davis.

It's sad that loyality to a college basketball team is reason to defend a child molester.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:15 pm

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

To all CUSE Haters:

Let’s review the Bernie Fine accusations:


  1. Fines fourth accuser recanted his accusations.  VanHooser is an admitted liar serving a life sentence who never should have been granted a platform to air his allegations. The Syracuse-area district attorney, William Fitzpatrick, said VanHooser was a liar and that his office had the written correspondence to prove it.
  2. His third accuser was debunked. Fitzpatrick turned over evidence he believes proves Zach Tomaselli’s story about Fine is bogus. Plus, Tomaselli is a self-admitted and convicted child molester.
  3. That leaves Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang. Lang, when contacted by the Post-Standard, ESPN and Syracuse University from 2003-05, denied being molested. This year, after catching wind of the Sandusky story, Lang flip-flopped and has told a flimsy and inconsistent time-line story about Fine touching him during the 1970s or 1980s.
  4. The last official thing that has been reported is that federal investigators are still looking into the Fine allegations and that they had been reduced to opening a tips hotline.
As of the date of this posting, no credible accusers of Fine have surfaced. The only accusations come from two criminals — one of whom has admitted to lying — and stepbrothers with highly questionable credibility.

Again, this issue did not stick, “Mother Ship” lost credibility and is seeking revenge.  Jimmy was right, these two are only in it for the money, just look how quick they turned around and sued the Cuse and it's staff.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:50 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Blue Bullet:  "We" would be all those who are not Kentucky homers and don't give a **** what you think.  Now, you've had your daily quota of attention, you're free to leave.

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