Boeheim and Syracuse Hit Hard


Head coach Jim Boeheim will be suspended for nine ACC games and Syracuse will lose 12 scholarships over the course of four years in the wake of a multi-year investigation into the program, the NCAA announced on Friday. 

Additionally, the school will be forced to “vacate all wins in which ineligible men’s basketball students played in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and ineligible football students played in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.”

The NCAA did not elect to extend Syracuse’s self-imposed post-season ban, nor did it elect to force the university to forfeit its 2003 national championship, even though the infractions extend back to the 2001 season

Each year for the next four seasons, Syracuse will lose three basketball scholarships. This figures to be problematic for the Orange, who will only lose one scholarship player (forward Rakeem Christmas) to graduation at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.

The 94-page report, which the school received on Friday morning, also stated that both Syracuse’s football and basketball programs will be placed on five years’ probation.

“Over the course of a decade, Syracuse University did not control and monitor its athletics programs, and its head men’s basketball coach failed to monitor his program, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel,” the NCAA’s release began.

“The self-reported violations, dating back to 2001, include academic misconduct, extra benefits, the failure to follow its drug testing policy and impermissible booster activity. The other violations found included impermissible academic assistance and services, the head basketball coach’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff, and the school’s lack of control over its athletics program,” it continued.

Below is the full list of penalties that Syracuse has been issued

1. Five years of probation from March 6, 2015 through March 5, 2020.

2. Vacation of all wins in which ineligible men’s basketball students played in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and ineligible football students played in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. The public decision contains additional details.

3. Fine of $500 per contest played by ineligible students.

4. The school must return to the NCAA all funds it has received to date through the former Big East Conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

5. Suspension of the head basketball coach from the first nine conference games of 2015-16.

6. Reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by three for the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. If the school has already executed scholarship offers for the 2015-16 year, the school may begin the four-year penalty with the 2016-17 year.

7. Reduction in the number of permissible off-campus recruiters from four to two during June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017.

8. The panel also accepted the school’s self-imposed postseason ban for the 2014-15 season, but noted that self-imposition of penalties after the conclusion of infractions hearings does not influence the outcome.


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