Bernie Fine Accusers Admits He Lied, Fabricated Charges

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One of the four men accusing former Syracuse Assistant Coach Bernie Fine of sexual assault, made a major retraction yesterday. He admitted he was 100% lying and that Fine never actually molested him.

Fine was Jim Boeheim’s right hand man for decades at Syracuse University until the sexual abuse claims surfaced and the school fired Fine.

Accuser and current prison inmate Floyd VanHooser wrote a letter where said he lied to both police and in his December interviews with The Associated Press and to The Post-Standard newspaper of Syracuse.

Fine helped raise the 56-year-old VanHooser after his parents died.

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Christmas Wish: No More Child Molesters in Sports

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Without a doubt, the news story of the year in 2011 was Penn State. Joe Paterno went from all time leader in college football victories to enabler of child rape in less than a week.

Has there ever been a fall from grace this far, this fast?

Has there ever been such a disgusting monster to hold a higher position in sports than Jerry Sandusky?

Has there ever been a more clueless set of narrow-minded idiots than the myopic subset of PSU fans who rioted/still neglect to face the truth today?

Have you ever seen a greater failure in chain of command/crisis management than Penn State University?

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Syracuse, Jim Boeheim Sued for Defamation by 2 Men

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The Syracuse Orange are undefeated and now the new #1 team in all of college basketball; but they have much bigger problems right now that transcend hoops. As they win on the basketball court, they have some new battles to fight in the legal court.

Two men who claim they were molested by Bernie Fine have sued the school and coach Jim Boeheim for defamation. The lawsuit comes from former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, who allege that asst. coach Fine, who’s been by Boeheim’s side since 1976.

Fine has since been fired and denied the allegations.

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Should Syracuse Fire Jim Boeheim? 37% of Americans Agree

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A new poll released from Poll Position found that 37% of Americans think Syracuse Orange college basketball coach Jim Boeheim should be fired for his disparaging remarks he initially made against the young men accusing his long time assistant Bernie Fine of sexually abusing them.

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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.

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Big East/SEC Challenge Preview and Predictions

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Unlike the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, The Big East/SEC Challenge is still in its infant stages.  There is a new format this season as the battle of power conferences increases to a twelve-game schedule with teams playing host for each game rather than meeting at a neutral site which has been the case the past four years.  Since the SEC is a 12-team conference, four Big East teams (Marquette, Notre Dame, Villanova, and South Florida) are not partaking in the event.  Here are my predictions and things to watch out for as the three-day event tips off this evening.

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Jim Boeheim Strongly Defends Syracuse Asst. Facing Molestation Allegations

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Late Thursday night, news broke of allegations against Bernie Fine, an assistant coach under Jim Boeheim in the Syracuse Orange college basketball program. A former ball boy, Bobby Davis, now 39 years old, claims that Fine molested him hundreds of times.

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Jim Boeheim defended Fine in an interview with the New York Times. Actually, he emphatically defended Fine. Here’s an excerpt from Pete Thamel’s column:

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Syracuse Basketball Rocked by Child Molestation Allegations

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A few hours ago it was announced that police have begun an investigation into the allegations against Syracuse University basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine. The charges? That he molested a Syracuse Orange team ball boy for more than a decade.

You’ve heard the commonly used expression “celebrities die in threes,” in the past week it’s applied to University athletics department employees molesting children as well. In the past week we’ve heard about instances of child sexual abuse within the programs at Penn State, The Citadel and now Syracuse.

According to the University SID, the allegations cover a period that spans both the 1980s and ’90s; and Syracuse placed Fine on administrative leave in the wake of these allegations.

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