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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: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:43 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

My cucumber. It's bigger. I think vegetables can be very sensuous, don't you?
-No, vegetables are sensual. People are sensuous.

Right. Sensual. That's what I meant. My name's Fab. People call me Fab Melo.

-My name's Laurie. People call me Mrs. Fine.

Oh, we have a coach Fine at Syracuse.

-How interesting. I have a husband named coach Fine at Syracuse... Still want to show me your cucumber?

Sorry.. but that was a great movie. Cool

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:35 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

for those that believe"this happens everywhere and everyone trys it and there are no issues' you are incorrect. the bigger the school the bigger the issue the bigger the cover up! my son played ncaa baseball and 5 players tested positive for marijuana by their own AD and all were immediately suspended for 3weeks. one player had already had a violation and was suspended for the season and pending review would be removed from any athletics(which after review the school deemed him ineligible per school rules). this turned what seemingly was the best team they had fielded in the history of the school into a non competitive team.

So you tell me that this happens everywhere! Some teams follow guidelines and school policies regardless of how it will affect the teams performance! Some teams show their character, the coaches and AD's character and set examples for these impressionable young people. Lifes best lesson's are sometimes the difficult ones.

it kills me to constantly see these programs and their coaches who say they were not aware etc etc.. why was this issue not addressed when it occurred? seems to me it begins with the people at the top and their lack of charater.... time for all these schools to take a hard look into their programs....


Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:35 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Just read the UPDATE here but if this is true then The Cuse should face some hard and harsh penalties!  If true, they deliberately thumbed their nose at the NCAA and have no grounds for mercy.  Professional sports are out of control and now it is seeping down into the college ranks.  Money, Drugs, entitlement and a disregard for the game and it's fans.  Sad state of sports in America.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:34 am
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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:34 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

And for all the nitpicking & ballbusting going on here -

here is probably the most eye opening part of the Yahoo report -

There is no uniform national drug policy, nor do most conferences have a set testing protocol or penalty structure for their member schools. In fact, Big East associate commissioner for compliance Joseph D’Antonio told Yahoo! Sports last week that he doesn’t even know what the drug policies are from school to school within the league. Syracuse is a member of the Big East.

How can the NCAA & the member conferences be this unorganized ?

That is truly mind numbing & defies logic !

Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:31 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy


Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:28 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Are you a group or is someone on your shoulder ?

Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:27 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Doc eh ? Who's we ?

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:25 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

It's amazing to me how biased people have become. I miss the days when people cheered for their team so hard that they had no time to bash other teams. Now many new yorkas are drilling John Calipari but are so ready to defend jim boheim. This is not a perfect world. We should all support college basketball as a whole. The unconditional support that the sport used to recieve is what made it so competitive. Until about 2000 or 2001 a record of 30-1 was so unbelievable that it would be the only topic of discussion. Now, multiple teams have 30 wins and all people can focus on are violations. I don't know about the rest of you but I am pumped for championship week. That is where my focus is going to be in the next couple of weeks.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:22 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

"No but I did noctied Fab has some jerry lewis teeth."

Can you imagine a player with Fab Melo's teeth and Anthony Davis' eyebrows? They should make a TV show about that.. oh wait. I forgot about Steve Urkel. Nevermind. Cool

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