Syracuse Investigation Progresses: Feds Search Bernie Fine’s Office


Lately, my daily work schedule has included the following additions to my “to do list.”

-Check latest headlines on child rape case surrounding premier college football program.

-Write/publish reaction post on Penn State.

-Check latest headlines on child molestation case surrounding premier college basketball program.

-Write/publish reaction post on Syracuse.

Sounds about as gloomy as the projected earnings of the American automotive industry.

Syracuse did the right thing in firing long time college basketball Bernie Fine. His number of accusers is up to four, and there’s the whole “smoking gun” of sorts with the taped conversation of his wife describing what she knew about his alleged child molesting.

The fact that ESPN had the tape in 2002, and yet nothing was done with it until now is another issue. I’ll save that for another post, but wow does Bristol need to be called out.

Back to Fine and the Federales, agents searched his work office. From the AP:

Fine’s office at the Carmelo Anthony Basketball Center was searched early Tuesday morning, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because it’s an ongoing investigation.

The U.S. Secret Service already searched Fine’s house last Friday. Federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in northern New York, which is leading the investigation, would not say what they sought or found there, saying it was under seal. The warrant approving the search of his office also was sealed.

Despite Fine’s close connection to Jim Boeheim, his job does not appear to be in jeopardy at this time.

There hasn’t been much to talk about with the Syracuse Orange on the court thus far. They’re 7-0, but take out a win over an allegedly decent Virginia Tech team (then again they lost to the Gophers, I think we can no longer accuse the Hokies of possibly being good) and their schedule has been a joke thus far. It’s been all blowouts of cupcakes in boring games that are not worth paying attention to.

Jim, what’s happening now is a million time bigger than sports; and when the only thing to distract you/the media are meaningless RPI games versus nobodies, it’s only going to make the spotlight on the scandal that much brighter.

Of course that all changes, Friday when the Cuse take on the #10 Florida Gators in the Big East/SEC Challenge.

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