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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.

Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:02 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

The Boeheim apologists out there need to wake up and smell the coffee.  Boeheim is a "me first" guy who isn't about to let little things like rules violations to get in the way of HIS success (not the team's, mind you).  Look, as we've seen over and over again, guys like Boeheim think that they can get away with such stuff, so they ignore trivial things like rules violations.  Well, surprise!  Now the guy has been busted...but some people just won't listen to some inconvenient truths, will they? 

Bye, bye, Jimmy, I'm not sad to see you go (because you're an awful coach, let alone a prima donna).  And for you apologists out there, do you really think S.U. is better off for having let Pitino go and keeping Boeheim?  Do you really think S.U. can't do any better than a guy who can't teach his team how to play man-to-man defense or shoot free throws, and loses to such illustrious teams as Richmond, Western Kentucky, and Vermont in the tournament?  No, I didn't think so.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:59 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

cusemanchild -

like Buckler you are another one who can't read or comprehend

Here's what you wrote -
An NCAA spokesperson said SU "appropriately" reported the possible violations more than a year ago and an investigation is ongoing
Here's what you read -
The NCAA also released a statement Monday night confirming Syracuse “appropriately” self-reported the violations “several months ago.” The NCAA said its investigation is ongoing
What part of 'several months' means  more than a year ago ?

Another great reading job by cusemanchild - a brain short and a  . . waste of a post



Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:53 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

THE NCAA does not support recreational drug use is any of it sports.



Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:49 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

solonsaltrap - There is nothing about Kentucky that helps the USA,

What is this ?  Your stuck in your little value menu life.

Kentucty has the best bred throughbreds in the world which are in place like England, Dubi and China and beside all over the US
and some are worth millions.

What does you state produce ? Nuts and bolts ?



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:47 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

mea - the whole report is out on Yahoo - just click on the highlighted blue link -

 Can't the media just wait for the whole story instead of rushing to be the first outlet to release a story that is largely incomplete factually?
The yahoo report is complete factually

 but if the media you mention is CBS , they always half report & leave their stories incomplete

just read the boards - I've never seen so many complaints blasting their amateur writers



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:45 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

like the fine case, in a week nobody will care about this story



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:41 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Buckler11 -

...these idiot writers are always looking for a lead to break the next big story
isn't that part of their job ?

Now as far as having facts to back it up, well that doesn't matter right?  As long as a random homeless guy on the street says he saw something happen, it happened
Did you not read the article , specifically this part ?

Over the course of a three-month investigation, four sources with intimate knowledge of the Syracuse men’s basketball program
So I guess they talked to 4 random homeless guys who all had the same story ?


What the hell is happening in the school systems these days ?

They allow people to graduate without having any sense of reading comprehension ?

They don't teach about journalism ?

Oh yeah , they probably did but Buckler was too stupid to comprehend or understand it !

We're doomed as a nation if he's representative of the intelligence of the majority of our population !



Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:39 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Maybe I'm missing something here but, if Syracuse knew players violated drug tests and didn't suspend them or ignored the positive tests, how can the NCAA possibly find this was not a willful volation?  I suppose it isn't a willful violation if Syracuse didn't know players with positive tests had to be suspend.  As a major D-1 basketball program with a NCAA compliance dpeartment, it seems impossible to be unaware of such a rule?  If it is true that Syracuse ignored the tests, it seems like it has to be a willful violation. 

And does anyone else find the "self-reporting" statement strange?  To me, that reads as "we ignored positive drug tests for years and let players play who should have been suspended but now we did the right thing by telling the NCAA."  Can you really get credit for self-reporting violations that, if the report is true, would appear to be willful violations.  It's like saying, "I intentioanlly broke the law but its OK because I turned myself in."  I'm sure more details need to come out so the story isn't so vague.  This article creates a good amount of questions and leaves a lot of information to be desired.  Can't the media just wait for the whole story instead of rushing to be the first outlet to release a story that is largely incomplete factually?



Since: Jan 27, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:31 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

What does Calipari have to do with drugs at Syracuse ?

More crying about Calipari because he is successful and has the #1 team.
I have a hanke if you need more.



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:23 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

An NCAA spokesperson said SU "appropriately" reported the possible violations more than a year ago and an investigation is ongoing.

another great reporting job by pat forde, a dollar short and a year late.


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