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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: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:10 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Calipari did let D rose's brother on a team flight with them....oh he didn't know.....he also didn't know d rose didn't take his sat know the chicago way.....also innocent when at umass and forfeited the final four......he's dirty at least as far as turning a blind eye goes

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:54 am

If this is true, Calhoun needs to go...

I think, if this is true, it's time to close the book on the Jum Calhoun era at UCONN.  All I can say is, Calhoun, you con!

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:05 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Or maybe, just maybe Syracuse is hurting itself. Several people have come out during the Fine investigation stating that Boehiem and his staff have created an air of elitism, believing they can do anything and not be held accountable for it. You can't sit there and seriously tell me Boehiem didn't know about the Fines and this, he said he didn't but you have to know that is a big fat lie!

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:13 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

The cheating is rampant.  Then, when caught, the punishments never seem to fit the crime.  And the broken hearts of the opponents who "lost" to the cheaters can never be repaired.  I'm sick of it.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:20 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Syracuse & Jim Boeheim are both punks & should be on put on NCAA volitions. Pedifile crack head punks that's all little Syracuse is.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:13 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Syracuse "self-reported to the NCAA"- not now but years ago.  So now it's up to the NCAA what to do.  That's what they reported so if there if there is an "on-going investigation" why hasn't it been resolved by now????  This is another BS issue to hurt SU-why I have no idea.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:38 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

This report is about Syracuse not Calipari so IF you can find proof against Calipari then show it or shut up.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:32 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

This is all unsubstantiated. There is no such thing as journalistic responsibility with 4 anonymous sources. Timing is just trying to capitalize on the Big East tourney and NCAA bracket announcement. The ignorance spewing in the comments of the others throughout the day and night amazes me. This is not NCAA jurisdiction, it's no different than if a kid drinks underage on campus. It's up to team rules as to the penalty the TEAM enforces and kids go through normal University Student life policy and probation procedures - which is if they are caught. I may be wrong but believe NCAA testing is looking for PEDs. I am not going to form my opinion on this matter until I have proof. Much like I still don't believe that a 27 year old man would drive himself to be molested. I just know there are some very vindictive people out there that would say anything to make someone else's life as miserable as their own. Sadly there are reporters and I use that term lightly that will sell their souls to try to come up with the big breaking story, especially in the days where media outlets are dying like a squirrel in front of a semi. Would it shock me it some of the thug-type Syracuse players smoked it up a few times during the season or offseason, absolutely not! Does that mix with today's campus culture? Absolutely yes, and shockingly even worse exists from what I hear from my 4 anonymous sources that say it doesn't just snow white stuff from the skies on the Hill at Syracuse, but also students plow with their noses with all the affluent rich kids that bring it with them from NYC who attend the prestigious institution of higher learning. What will they dig up on Kentucky next? Calipari is paying his players? Ashley Judd is sleeping with the team? I TRULY HOPE NOT!! People get a life and let the game settle things not some BS stories.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:16 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

I'm perfectly fine if SU players want to take some performance decreasing drugs during the 2012 NCAA Tournament.  No problems from my perspective.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:11 am

Report: Syracuse players violated drug policy

Best description of Kentucky.....

/watch?v=GAYkH- ESXW8

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