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Syracuse Terminates Bernie Fine

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Syracuse University has announced that they have fired assistant men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine due to the continuing molestation allegations.

This move made by the university comes after a third accuser had stepped forward saying that back in 2002 he was molested at a Pittsburgh hotel while the team was in Pittsburgh for a game. The university released a statement Sunday evening.

At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately. -Kevin Quinn, Syracuse University Senior Vice President for Public Affairs-

Syracuse head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim released a statement later on in the evening regarding the move made by the university.

The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. 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 Head Coach Jim Boeheim-

65-year-old Bernie Fine was in his 36th season at Syracuse,  where he had graduated. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I.Fine had been on paid administrative leave when accusations first surfaced.

 

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