The NCAA finally wrapped up their ten year investigation on Syracuse University, specifically their basketball and football programs. Jim Boehiem’s nine game suspension is just the beginning in this ruling. The basketball program placed a self imposed postseason ban on itself, so they won’t be participating in this year’s ACC conference tournament or NCAA tournament.
Syracuse must vacate their wins from their mens basketball teams from 2004-2007 and 2010-2012, roughly 200 wins are gone. That really affects Boehiem as he was closing in on 1,000 career wins as a coach, prior to theses sanctions he was already over 900. The football team from 2004-2007. This from having ineligible players participate on these teams. Both the football and basketball programs will be on probation for the next five years.
Violations ranged from academic misconduct to impermissible booster activity and much more. A huge issue was the school’s failure to follow it’s drug testing policy. That can’t be forgiven, no matter the name of the school or the prestige that comes with it.
Syracuse will also be fined $500 for every game in which an ineligible player participated in, they will also have to return the money they made from several Big East tournament appearances.
There were also shades from North Carolina’s investigation here as well, impermissible academic assistance and services. From the NCAA’s report: ‘ the head basketball coach’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff’. That is the damning part of it, it essentially called out Boehiem specifically.
While Syracuse will not lose it’s 2003 National championship, they will lose 12 scholarships over the next four years. Also the stigma that surrounds a school that’s been sanctioned, in a competitive ACC conference, that could really hurt them in both sports. The scholarship part of the sanctions don’t begin until the 2016-2017 season. Similar to what Uconn faced, it will be hard to retain the current players knowing the impending situation.Players will most likely transfer from both sports.
It’s a dark day for Syracuse basketball and football, but hopefully a lesson to other programs. If you don’t do things the right way, it’s just a matter of time before you get caught.