Syracuse Athletics Under Investigation Again By The NCAA
NCAA snoops are getting real familiar with Syracuse University. What seems like an annual event, and timing be what it is, reports surfacing out of CBSSports.com on Wednesday claim the NCAA is investigating Syracuse football and basketball for several violations, some called "major" in the story.
The report claims the Orange are being investigated for a number of things and the probe is " wide ranging". Speculation has it pasrt of the investigating centers around Fab Melo who was with the Orange last year and was suspended several times for academic violations, including being suspended by the school before the NCAA tournament last year. Rumors are that the investigators are also looking into an alleged sexual abuse claim that dates back to 2007 that reportedly involves 3 former players. The football team according to the report by CBSSports is also included although it wasn't reported for what.
Last year, right before the tournament started it was leaked by the media that Syracuse was being investigated about possible drug offenses by some of the players. Nothing ever came out of that as of now.
Investigators have seemed to take up camp at the university. Recently former assistant head coach Bernie Fine was the subject of a criminal probe centering around sexual abuse of several young men. Police never brought charges against Fine and the case was dropped.
The Orange are preparing for their 1st round tournament game vs Montana University on Thursday in Anaheim, California.
Head coach Jim Boeheim spoke to reporters briefly after the story broke on Wednesday. Boeheim told scribes " Same story they had last year at this time. I guess that's annual. I guess next year we will get it again."
Syracuse's vice president for public affairs, Kevin Quinn told the Syracuse paper, the Dispatch that the investigation did not involve the sexual abuse case from 2007 the newspaper reported that a school professor was questioned by an NCAA investigator about the alleged assault.