Tag:Jim Boeheim
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:32 pm

Former PD Chief/Syracuse player had info on Fine

By Matt Norlander

CBSSports.com Syracuse Rapid Reporter Thomas Casale checks in from the Salt City with the following:

"Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said former chief Dennis DuVal knew about sexual abuse allegations against Bernie Fine back in [May or June] 2002.

'The Syracuse Police chief at that time, Dennis DuVal, was made aware of the allegations against Bernie Fine. Due to the fact that no investigation was started, detectives didn’t prepare any formal reports.'"

Yeah, that's huge. And possibly very, very corrupt. What makes it so frustrating -- and seemingly wrong -- is DuVal played at Syracuse from 1972 to 1974. It looks like he may have protected Fine by way of inaction.

The Post-Standard has also been on this story, and been doing great work every day since it broke, and it has more.
DuVal, who played for SU from 1972 to 1974, refused to answer any questions Monday when contacted by a Post-Standard reporter. He wouldn’t say whether he was aware of the accusations in 2002, nor whether he’d talked to any law enforcement offcials in the past two weeks, when Davis’ allegations became public. When he reached by phone Monday, DuVal said, "I’m not going to talk to you about it. I hope you respect that. It’s been a long time. I’m not going to get into a discussion about that. Not gonna happen."
No denial, just cowering. Not a good look for him, for Fine, for the Syracuse City Police that was run under him earlier last decade. It should be noted: DuVal left the program two years before Fine officially became an assistant under Jim Boeheim. DuVal retired from the SUPD in 2004.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's Office is currently looking into any past history with this case and what was reported to police -- even if that information didn't go beyond that. This is a relatively large, new piece of information that Fowler is coming forth with.

"[Detective Doug] Fox notified his supervisor in the Abused Persons Unit and it was decided that unless the victim met with the detective or the victim was able to provide names of other victims, then an investigation would not be initiated," Fowler said in his statement. "The Syracuse Police chief at that time, Dennis DuVal, was made aware of the allegations against Bernie Fine. Due to the fact that no investigation was started, Det. Fox did not prepare any formal reports."

There are more details that Fowler came forth with, and again, the Post-Standard lays them out for you, including the anecdote that Davis did not tell Det. Fox that it was Fine who abused him. The story has a lot of gray area, still, in terms of who knew what when and how up front everyone was with the information. It's beginning to look like this case will never be able to get tied down in each area where questions remain.

Photo via Post-Standard
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:00 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 9:08 am

Podcast: Examining new info with the Fine story

By Matt Norlander

Associate basketball head coach Bernie Fine was fired by Syracuse Sunday after a third victim came forward and alleged he'd been sexually molested by Fine.

Now plenty want Jim Boeheim gone too, after his initial statements dismissed any allegations, calling the alleged victims "liars" out for a payday. USA Today reporter Nicole Auerbach -- who covered the Penn State story recently -- comes on the podcast to discuss the latest with what's happening at Syracuse.

It's Nicole's first appearance, and we don't spend the whole time talking Syracuse. You want to hear about hoops on the court? We cover that, too. Carolina, UConn lost, and that's addressed, plus the big week ahead, driven by the huge UNC-UK game Saturday and the Big Ten-ACC Challenge Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rundown:
  • From the beginning: We get to the Syracuse stuff right away, and it takes up the first 40 percent of the podcast. Nicole and I discuss how it is similar and different (from a news perspective and how we react and cover) to the Penn State story, which Nicole was in the middle of earlier this month.
  • 13:50: Per usual with first-time guests, I let Nicole tell us how she got to where she is, and what she does. She's a fast-riser on Twitter, primarily because she has the info before anyone else on the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
  • 17:36: That UNC loss to UNLV, the story that would be the huge college basketball story today if not for the Fine saga.
  • 21:42: What happens if UNC is a three-loss team by Saturday night? Could happen.
  • 22:23: Nicole's biggest takeaways from the first three weeks of the season.
  • 26:02: Duke talk. All you need to know.
  • 27:19: It's at this point I throw Borzello under the bus. The rest of it is wrap-up talk and some niceties, which you know is uncommon on the podcast. But when girls come around, we tend to clean the place up.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts go up here and on iTunes. The Wednesday show is dedicated to keeping the egos of CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish inflated. Mondays and Fridays are for the real people to come on. Here's the iTunes link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. If you're still going strong and hanging on to a Zune, then, yes, you can listen on that as well.

Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 10:08 pm

Video: Fine's third accuser

By Matt Norlander

Another revealing television interview has surfaced in the Bernie Fine case. Zach Thomaselli, 23, became publicly known Sunday morning. He is now considered the third accuser against Fine. Thomaselli was interviewed on camera Sunday by Sarah Delage, a reporter with NBC affiliate WCSH, in Lewiston, Maine.

In the video report below, Thomaselli recalls when he was allegedly sexually molested by Fine nearly a decade ago, and how it's led to him having an inappropriate relationship with younger people (Thomaselli has been charged with molesting a 14-year-old boy). He also claims his father sexually molested him before Fine ever did -- and that's why he didn't stop Fine when the coach allegedly made his advances on him.

Thomaselli's father, Fred, is interviewed by phone in the video and he denies his son's claims -- both that he sexually abused him, and that Fine did.

This story and case is quickly becoming as convoluted as the drama that spooled out at Penn State less than a month ago. Sunday night, less than 12 hours after Thomaselli's claims became public, Bernie Fine was fired by Syracuse.

Posted on: November 27, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 7:34 am

Syracuse fires Bernie Fine

By Gary Parrish

Syracuse University announced Sunday that associate head coach Bernie Fine has been terminated.

"At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, (Syracuse associate men's basketball coach) Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Syracuse University Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Kevin Quinn said via a statement on the school's athletics website.

This development comes on the same day audio was made public from a phone conversation between Fine's wife and Bobby Davis. Davis is one of three men who have alleged they were sexually abused by Fine while they were children. In the conversation, Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, appears to confirm that she was aware that Fine molested Davis. She said her husband "has issues."

"I know everything that went on, you know," she said on the call. "I know everything that went on with him ... Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues ... And you trusted somebody you shouldn't have trusted. ... Bernie is also in denial. I think that he did the things he did, but he's somehow through his own mental telepathy has erased them out of his mind."

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim last week strongly defended Fine and accused the first two alleged victims -- former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang -- of lying and trying to extort money. Boeheim released a statement late Sunday about an hour after Fine was fired and indicated he regretted attacking the accusers.

“The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling," Boeheim said. "I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse."

Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor also released a statement late Sunday.

"All of us have the responsibility, individually and collectively, to ensure that Syracuse University remains a safe place for every campus community member and everyone with whom we interact on a daily basis on campus or in the community as part of our learning, scholarship, or work," she said. "We do not tolerate abuse.  If anything good comes out of this tragedy, it will be that this basic principle is reinforced."

The 65-year-old Fine was in his 36th season at Syracuse. He was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 17 after police confirmed they were investigating charges of molestation, and after ESPN aired interviews of Davis and Lang alleging Fine sexually abused them. The case seemed to stall for a few days after that, but police raided Fine's home Friday, and the damaging audio of the phone conversation between Davis and Fine's wife was made public early Sunday around the same time a third accuser publicly surfaced, too.

"It was the [Jerry] Sandusky stuff that came out that really made me think about it," the third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, told the Syracuse Post-Standard. "A lot of people were slamming ESPN and Bobby for saying anything. I wanted to come out. ... It made me sick to see all that support for Fine at that point. I was positive he was guilty."

Tomaselli, 23, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he's told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room the night before the Orange played Pittsburgh. He said Fine touched him "multiple times" in that one incident. Tomaselli's father, Fred Tomaselli, told the Associated Press that he thinks his son is lying.

"I'm 100 percent sure that Bernie Fine was never in contact with Zach," Fred Tomaselli said. "He never went to Pittsburgh to a game, never been to that arena. ... I brought him to a couple of games in Syracuse. We always sat in the nosebleed section and left after the game. He never stayed for any overnighters and never even got within shouting distance of Bernie."

Photo: AP

Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: November 27, 2011 2:52 pm

Audio, third accuser surface in Bernie Fine case

By Jeff Goodman

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Syracuse University tweeted out the following Sunday afternoon: "In light of new developments, we'd like to reassure you that SU is committed to getting to the truth in the Bernie Fine situation. We hold everyone in our community to high standards and we don't tolerate illegal, abusive, or unethical behavior - no matter who you are."

The evidence seems to be mounting against Syracuse associate head coach Bernie Fine.

The most recent news in the sexual molestation case against Fine is a recorded call back in 2002 between Bobby Davis - one of the alleged victims - and Fine's wife - and also a third accuser who has come forward.

Davis and his step-brother, Mike Lang, have said they were both molested by Fine -- the long-time assistant of Jim Boeheim.

ESPN hired an independent voice-recognition analyst to confirm that the voice on the tape matched that of Fine's wife, Laurie Fine.

On the call, Davis talks with Laurie Fine -- and much of their conversation includes fairly graphic details.

"I know everything that went on, you know," Laurie Fine said on the call, obtained by Outside the Lines from Davis. "I know everything that went on with him ... Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues ... And you trusted somebody you shouldn't have trusted ... "

"Bernie is also in denial. I think that he did the things he did, but he's somehow through his own mental telepathy has erased them out of his mind.

Davis also said he had sex with Laurie Fine when he was an 18-year-old senior in high school.

"The issue at hand is he had no business doing what he did with you," Laurie Fine said to Davis on the call. "You know what, neither did I because I really helped screw you up a little more, too."

In addition to the audio of the phone call, The Syracuse Post-Standard also reported that there is a third accuser, 23-year-old Zach Tomaselli, who told police that he was sexual abused when he was 13 years old back in 2002 at a Pittsburgh hotel room.

Tomaselli was interviewed by police earlier this week, just days prior to a search warrant to search Fine's home was issued.

Tomaselli is facing sexual assault charges involving a 14-year-old boy. His estranged father also has called his son a liar in regard to his son's claims against Fine.
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 2:49 pm

Jim Boeheim doesn't talk ... well, sort of

By Jeff Goodman

NEW YORK -- Jim Boeheim began the media gathering on Tuesday afternoon at the Marriott Marquis with the following statement:

"This is all about basketball," said Boeheim, whose Syracuse team will play Virginia Tech Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden. "If you want to talk about something else, I'm going to leave."

"I made one statement," he later added of his initial comments which followed ESPN's report that Orange associate head coach Bernie Fine had had sexually molested a pair of former team ball boys. "And I thought it was the right statement."

Let's face it, though. No one was there to talk basketball with the Syracuse head coach -- except for maybe the elder gentleman with the funky hat. We were all there to make certain that Boeheim didn't pop off again about Fine, and the recent allegations levied about Fine and sexual abuse with former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang.

Boeheim came out strong immediately against the 39-year-old Davis, saying he and Lang, 45, were searching for a payday.

Boeheim was fairly tame (by Boeheim standards), but it didn't take much to prod Boeheim into at least touching on the situation -- and allegations -- involving a guy who he has known for 50 years.

"It's been investigated three times," Boeheim said. "And it's going to be investigated again ... Everything will work itself out in time - and when the results are in, we'll know."

The latest in the investigation is whether the police will release all the documents to the district attorney.

"I support Bernie - as I said before," Boeheim said. "I've known him for 50 years. If something else happens to surface with facts, we'll have to adjust to that."

But Boeheim has no regrets regarding his initial statements.

"This has been investigated three times," he said. "Bernie has been a great friend, a great person to work with. Until something factual comes up, it's not going to change a thing."

"What we have is to be determined," Boeheim added. "We have to see what we have. We don't know."

Photo: AP
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: November 22, 2011 3:23 pm

Police resist releasing documents in Fine case

By Matt Norlander

Looks like Tuesday is going to be a pretty big day in the Bernie Fine case up at Syracuse.

UPDATE: The State Supreme Court Justice postponed this case until next Tuesday.

The District Attorney's Office from Onondaga County wants the police reports and records that relate to anything doing with the sexual molestation allegations against Bernie Fine -- plus any other publicly undisclosed records relating to Fine and what would be considered relevant to this case.

William Fitzpatrick, the county D.A., obtained a subpoena Monday, "requiring the police to turn over the records from 2002 to the present for presentation to a grand jury today, he said," according to the Post-Standard.

Police Deputy Chief Shawn Broton, according to the Post-Standard, reacted to being subpoenaed "with an obscenity."

The police didn't immediately oblige. Interesting, right? The fact this battle has also been so public -- and that the DA has been on the record about quite a few things from the get-go -- is also surprising. Now the two sides will go to court Tuesday to determine if the D.A. Office has the right to see the records, or whether the Syracuse Police Department gets to keep things in house now that this case has become warm again.

Fitzpatrick said he has been asking for the records since Thursday and nothing has been provided. “I pleaded with people to turn over the records,” he said. “I don’t understand this. I’ve heard three different stories about what they have and don’t have.”

Earlier Monday, Mayor Stephanie Miner issued a press statement saying no information would be shared until police complete their investigation. “I directed Chief (Frank) Fowler to allocate as much time and as many resources necessary to conduct a thorough, professional and complete investigation into this case from 2002 to the present,” Miner said in her statement.

“. . . The Syracuse Police Department will not be releasing information about the investigation to the media or any other entity in a piecemeal fashion,” Miner said.

CBSSports.com filed a request for certain records relating to this case under the Freedom of Information Act last week. We have not heard back from the Syracuse Police Department yet.
Fitzpatrick is adamant this is going to go his way, and soon.

“The records are going to be provided,” he told the Post-Standard.

Photo: AP

Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 4:05 pm

Boeheim all-in with Fine, for better or worse

By Gary Parrish

Jim Boeheim better hope these allegations aren't true.

Not necessarily for Bernie Fine's case.

For his own.

Because it's one thing to come out and strongly deny that you ever walked into a hotel room and saw your 35-year assistant with a young boy. And it's one thing to insist you never had any reason to think your longtime friend was molesting children. But it's quite another to attack the alleged victims, to call them liars and suggest they're simply after cash, and by doing so Boeheim has raised the stakes on this case.

"I believe they are looking for money," Boeheim told ESPN. "I believe they saw what happened at Penn State and they are using ESPN to get money. That is what I believe. You want to put that on the air? Put that on the air."

With those words, Boeheim pushed all-in.

If these allegations are ever substantiated -- if the Syracuse Police Department ever has enough proof to charge Fine with a crime -- the iconic coach will seem really foolish for attacking two men who would, at that point, look like brave souls for speaking up and bringing down another pedophile in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, and Boeheim might just pay with his job and legacy.

Bottom line, Jim Boeheim bet his reputation on Bernie Fine.

He didn't have to do it.

He didn't have to go that far.

But he did.

And he'd better be right.

Or else.
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