The NCAA suspends Syracuse’s head coach Jim Boeheim for 9 ACC conference games and has taken away a total of 12 scholarships as a result of a multi-year investigation with allegations dating back to 2001.
A statement Friday released by the NCAA stated, “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.”
Syracuse self-reported 10 violations involving both the men’s basketball and football programs that included academic misconduct, extra benefits, the failure to follow its drug testing policy and impermissible booster activity. Most violations involved the men’s basketball program but minor allegations included the football team.
Penalties on the school include a five-year probation, vacation of wins in which ineligible students participated, financial penalties, losing three basketball scholarships every year for the next four years, and a nine ACC conference game suspension for Boeheim.
Boeheim will drop from the second all time winningest coach with 966 wins to sixth with 858 wins after 108 wins were vacated. This is after the university imposed a postseason ban on the men’s basketball program in February in an effort to be proactive.
The NCAA finished its nearly eight-year investigation in October 2014 and Boeheim and football head coach Scott Shafer were among other school officials that appeared in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.
In the decision, The NCAA committee members addressed a strong concern for academic integrity.
“Improper institutional involvement and influence in a student’s academic work in order to gain or maintain eligibility is a violation of NCAA rules and a violation of the most fundamental core values of the NCAA and higher education. The behavior in this case, which placed the desire to achieve success on the basketball court over academic integrity, demonstrated clearly misplaced institutional priorities.”
From 2010 to 2012, A team mentor and tutor made revisions, created or wrote assignments for the basketball students. The school reported that academic misconduct did not occur but the NCAA panel found that the services were not part of the student-athletes academic serves that the can school provide.
Syracuse will finish the 2015 season at North Carolina State on Saturday at 12 where Syracuse star senior, Rakeem Christmas, will play is final game in an Orange uniform.
(AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)
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