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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, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:19 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

"Uhhhhhh "Alleged"?!?! They reported it themselves and acknowledged it happened! Not much investigating needed there genius! And yah, everyone keep callin Calipari a cheater even though he was cleared of any wrong doing at both UMASS and Memphis. Those seasons weren't vacated because of him! UMASS was because of Camby taking money from an agent. That has NOTHING to do with Cal! Memphis was because Rose had someone else take his SAT. Once again...NOTHING to do with Cal. This Syracuse thing is DIRECTLY the coach's and AD's fault. THEY'RE the ones that covered up positive drug tests. If you guys can't see the difference then you're idiots"

Have you ever taken a drug test in college?  How can you be so sure the coach and AD are directly at fault?  They are at fault just as Cal is at fault because they are the leaders of the program and this occurred under their them.  But to say they are directly at fault tells me you have never been drug tested for NCAA sports.  Now I was not at a program like this; but they don't test like the olympics do.  The coach and AD don't even know who was tested or who failed unless they are told.  What proof do you have they they were told.  One of the graduate assistants may have known; but it doesn't mean he went to tell the coach.  Should have he?  Yes but nothing has been uncovered as of yet as to exactly hid this. 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:10 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

NSaneNMaine - Where did Jim Boeheim say he didn't know anything about this?  Since the story came out, he has not commented.  The school actually reported themselves which led to this investigation.



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:55 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

EVERY school has violations somewhere!  In many circumstances it is a matter of having too many rules that you can't help to break something.  Its just a matter of who they are going to catch next and who is hiding it better than others, which schools come forward and which ones are caught after the NCAA descends upon them.  Meanwhile the media sits there ready to break the next big thing/big fake thing.

Example:  technically it is against NCAA rules for a student athlete in any sport (not just basketball) to participate in an NCAA tournament pool.  I'd be willing to bet you could find at least one student athlete at every college in the NCAA who does.




Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:42 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

A story like this doesn’t surprise me.  After the Bernie Fine situation, and the well worded comments by Jim Boeheim appear to be true, there are probably plenty of people out there with a lot off crap on their face.  Nothing invites more scrutiny than proving people wrong who work for companies that buy their ink by the barrel.  These writers could be writing for the next several decades if they wanted to snoop around every other college sport
program out there looking for the same thing. Anyone who went to college knows that recreational drugs are everywhere on college campuses, and it’s at this time in a person’s life that people will experiment.  So I suspect  if you wanted to find any type of violation at any program, you could start with looking for a player that got caught smoking some pot.  This Syracuse accusation will shake out, and if the University did anything wrong, I suspect it will be a minor infraction.  But to some degree, it’s the towel needed for some people to wipe some crap off their face.  If these writers really want to make a name for themselves, they should work on finding the player payrolls of some of these major college football and basketball programs.  Uncovering something like that would be a real feather in one’s cap.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:32 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

should be forfeitting the rest of their season"

Really?  So much for actually investigating and finding out what exactly happened. 
How about the part that states that it has nothing to do with any o the players currently playing?

If they are at fault and need to get punished so be it, but you do not pull the plug on a season jsut because something is alleged and under investigation.

If that were the case Auburn's football season would have been cancelled because Cam Newton  was being investigated.  John Calipari would have surrendered a couople different seasons in the past, as would MOST major programs.



Uhhhhhh "Alleged"?!?! They reported it themselves and acknowledged it happened! Not much investigating needed there genius! And yah, everyone keep callin Calipari a cheater even though he was cleared of any wrong doing at both UMASS and Memphis. Those seasons weren't vacated because of him! UMASS was because of Camby taking money from an agent. That has NOTHING to do with Cal! Memphis was because Rose had someone else take his SAT. Once again...NOTHING to do with Cal. This Syracuse thing is DIRECTLY the coach's and AD's fault. THEY'RE the ones that covered up positive drug tests. If you guys can't see the difference then you're idiots.




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:28 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Although I live in Texas its clear the so many of these schools recruit thugs and garbage. Indiana and Cal are exceptions- good smart kids and rarely is there an arrest or drug charge.  Indiana has been near perfect in all areas since I folowed bball in 1970 -except for the Sampson Texting mess which under current NCAA rules would be no big deal.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:27 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Once again, Coach Boeheim denies knowing anything about this at all.  Is there now or has there ever been a multi-million dollar, Hall of Fame, nationa title winning coach who knows so little about what is going on with the people in his own program as Coach Boeheim?  To believe him is to believe that he is either completely out of touch with reality or is a total idiot (and I don't sense he is either).  To believe he is lying is to believe he has breached several criminal laws, several NCAA requirements, and countless moral norms of society.  In either of these three cases, he should be replaced and a coach hired who is more engaged with his players and coaching staff.  That's too bad.  I always kind of liked him.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:26 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

"should be forfeitting the rest of their season"

Really?  So much for actually investigating and finding out what exactly happened. 
How about the part that states that it has nothing to do with any o the players currently playing?

If they are at fault and need to get punished so be it, but you do not pull the plug on a season jsut because something is alleged and under investigation.

If that were the case Auburn's football season would have been cancelled because Cam Newton  was being investigated.  John Calipari would have surrendered a couople different seasons in the past, as would MOST major programs.



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:24 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Welcome to the club Syracuse fans...these idiot writers are always looking for a lead to break the next big story.  Just wait, it will get worse.  Once the media is on campus, they will start questioning everyone and find more things to write about.  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!  The good news is that there is a very small chance that this all turns out to be true.  The bad news is that the media and NCAA will manage to dig up a few skeletons while they are poking around on campus and that could hurt.  Every major school has its skeletons.  



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:18 am
 

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

i'll show proof about the lying cheating calipari, 2 final fours vacated under his watch, CASE CLOSED PAL !!!!!!


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