The NCAA Comes Down Hard On Syracuse

Today the Orange got squeezed, big time.

As if the University’s self-imposed punishment wasn’t enough, the NCAA, after a lengthy investigation into the Syracuse men’s basketball program and Coach Jim Boeheim, administered their own punishments against the Orange.


Coach Boeheim will be suspended for the team’s first nine ACC games next season and the school will lose three scholarships per year through 2018-19 as punishment for infractions that occurred with the men’s basketball program over the past 10 years.

Listed under the transgressions are “academic misconduct,” repeated drug violations and boosters doling out cash to Syracuse players and staff members.

“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,” the NCAA’s release states.

The school and Boeheim will also be forced to vacate its victories “in which ineligible men’s basketball students played in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12.” Boeheim won 135 games in those five seasons. His 2012-13 team, which reached the Final Four, was not found in violation of NCAA rules.

The NCAA also retroactively fined Syracuse $500 per game for contests that featured an ineligible player.

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