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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: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:21 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Syringes + drug abuse = SyrABUSE.
Jim Boeheim at least learned from his mistakes and didn't open his piehole and is taking the 'I don't know' route.  But anyone with a brain can see thru this scumbag.  He is a fraud and a fake and should get HOF honors after he is forced out.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:20 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

buckler -

your sarcasm was missed on me like mine was missed on you - will there ever be a sarcasm font ?

As for the sources being anonymous - I infer from that , that they probably work for the university and are worried about reprisals

I agree with with you on the 90% statement with the biggest offender being ESPN who manufactures (not repports) the news

As for being a tough guy , that was the missed sarcasm

As for your education your reply has proven me wrong

As for me measuring my height when you were finishing college - that would put you in your late 60's or early 70's uless you were a child prodigy which might put you in your late 50's ?  I think we're probably around the same age believe it or not

I suggest if this doesn't smooth things out that you PM me and we can take it from there Foot in mouth

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:18 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Yes, Blue Bullett, we understand you're a homer Kentucky fan.  Can we move on now, or did you have an actual contribution to make?

Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:15 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

The really bad news is Syracuse will get knock out the the tour when they play a top team.

Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:09 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

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

Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:07 am
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Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:06 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Supporting drugs in college supports does not set a good example for our youth !

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:05 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Anyone who has ever been to upstate NY cannot be surprised by this story. The syracuse fans are rabid, intense fans with nothing else to do in that region. SU basketball is IT, and the pressure to keep a winner on the court for regional pride is immense. I'm not saying that the story is true, although it strikes me that it probably is. I'm simply saying that the people that I"ve observed in this region (went to school in Rochester) would do a lot to protect SU basketball. We saw first with the Bernie Fine story that this program is willing to sweep dirt under the rug if it will keep the good times coming.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:05 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

blue, are you telling me anthony davis doesn't get high? have you seen his eye brows? did must be high

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:02 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy


I was simply exaggerating about the homeless guys.  My point is that the four sources with intimate knowledge of the program are once again...anonymous.  The last time that anonymous sources with intimate knowledge shared their information with a writer, most of it turned out to be false or not able to be proven.  My point about the writers jumping on any lead to break a story is that they don't do any investigative reporting on the facts.  They use a source, who normally wants to remain anonymous, and break the story without even worrying about the truth of the source.  Basically, 90% of our beloved journalism has become stories based off rumors.  Sports outlets used to be about finding factual news.  Now it has become a sports oriented National Enquirer.  

And don't worry about my education there tough guy.  I have plenty of it and am successful because of it.  You were probably still measuring your height on the wall when I was finishing college. 

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