Syracuse dealt harsh penalties after NCAA investigation
The NCAA concluded its seven year long investigation into multiple academic, drug, and other violations committed by Syracuse University. As a result, the majority of the penalties imposed are against the men's basketball program and Head Coach Jim Boeheim, with several dealt to the football program as well.
The NCAA says the school is being punished for ignoring the "most fundamental core values of the NCAA." As a result, the basketball program is on five years probation and must vacate all wins which were played using ineligible players from 2004-2007 and 2010-2012. In total, this is 108 wins, bringing Boeheim's career total from 966 (2nd all-time) to 858 (6th all-time). Boeheim has also been suspended for the first nine games of the ACC Conference schedule for the 2015-16 season. In addition, the men's basketball program will lose 12 scholarships over the next four years, averaging to three per academic year, and must return all funds earned from participating in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
The football team, also found in violation of academic fraud, among other things, must vacate all wins from the 2004-05, 05-06, and 06-07 seasons.
The University and Boeheim have announced plans to appeal as much of the penalties and suspension as possible.
Syracuse negotiated with the NCAA to put the statute of limitations on the violations to May 2003, despite violations occurring as early as 2001. This negotiation preserves the Basketball National Championship won by the Orange in April 2003.
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You can find the full 94-page NCAA investigation report below: