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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: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:16 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

This is for all you UK/John Calipari haters talking about how Cal cheated at UMASS and Memphis and is probably cheating at UK too! Now THIS is cheating and Syracuse should be forfeitting the rest of their season. Nice they reported it on themselves, but they're also the ones that turned their heads to begin with or they wouldn't have had to report it on themselves now.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:16 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

boeheim backs the players 100 %, their all liars, these charges are false, mrs fine never gave- opps thats another story, oh jimmy boy, looks like your going out like paterno, by the way, hold the door open for calhoun too!!!! your giving hoops a bad name jimmy!!!!

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:15 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

weren't you saying the same thing in november? if you think boeheim is going to get fired, you haven't been paying attention the last four months and not to mention you are an idiot. the school isn't going to tarnish its pride and joy basketball program and hall of fame coach by firing him, would not make any financial sense too. the only people who want him fired are jealous idiots on message boards, the same people who cry about calipari and pitino, but if you noticed they can care less in kentucky what other people think.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:09 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

When you are an elite program the witch hunts will always be out there. Whether this case is true or not proves to the point on my previous statement. Syracuse had better in my opinion tighten things up if they are not already because the Fine scandal has opened up all areas of where the program can be put under a microscope.

By the way, it was SYRACUSE that self-reported this. It wasn't a "witch hunt" from an outside source.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:09 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Pat Forde...let me see, isn't he the one who back in December, in the middle of the Bernie Fine "scandal", who made a big deal about Jim Boeheim should be fired, etc., etc.?  Of couse he is and if you look at the timing of when this Yahoo article started, it was right after he was made to look like a complete jackass because none of the allegation were ever proved and Boeheim kept his job with strong University support.  Talk about a conflict of interest..where in the hell do these so called "investigative reporters" come from?  Another non story twisted for sensatinalism headlines. Pat Forde falls into the same class with Mark Schwarz and John Barr (worse comb over this side of Gene Keady-NOW THAT IS A STORY!) 

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:04 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

people act like the sky is falling. who cares. they will get a slap on the wrist if anything. syracuse has been punished before like every other school. as long as you don't lie during the investigation nothing noticeable ever happens.  i hear people saying possibly vacanting the national championship,not that it will ever happen but i would rather that happen than lose future scholarship, b/c no matter what you do you can't take away g-mac's threes, melo's dominance and hak's big block to win it all and the partying i did in NOLA afterwards. have the trophy i will keep the memories.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:00 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Bye Bye Boeheim, coincidentally, he will 'retire' after this season.....but hopefully he gets fired before that!!! NCAA should hit SU and Boeheim hard, first the Fine allegations and now this, how many strikes does a Div one school get before they get punished!!!!! Knock them out NCAA!!! They should be forced to be a 13 or 14 seed in NCAA torunament or a 5 seed in the NIT as a upcoming punishment, They certainly wont get and overall # 1 in the NCAA tourney, why would the NCAA want to reward a university when they have so many problems, look how PSU was ignored when the bowl selection time came up, they were surpasses by numerous bowls(which was unfair), because of their pending issues.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:48 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

that's awesome

i hope Mcnamara was a stoner

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:27 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

i'm shocked that a big-time NCAA athletic program would cover-up drug use by its athletes (student omitted)  Syracuse is a factory for hoops players.  Another coach who can do whatever he wants on and off campus.  It's not going to change, because there is just too much money involved for everyone.  They all turn a blind-eye to truth and do a disservice to the young men. 

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:13 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Well, I guess Jimmy was right.  We're finding out exactly what happened under his watch...and it ain't pretty.

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