Video: Syracuse legend Jim Boeheim discusses gun control

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You know it’s inevitable- some meathead is going to criticize Syracuse legend Jim Boeheim for this, and give him the “STICK TO SPORTS” call of the malcontents.

During the postgame news conference last night, Boeheim’s final remarks were not about his milestone 900th career victory. But instead, he was thinking about the 20 children and six adults killed in a shooting massacre last week at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. It was a classy gesture with his family in attendance.

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#11 Syracuse Orange: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With the disappointing outcome of Friday night’s expected aircraft carrier games, the Syracuse Orange are hoping for better luck Sunday when they take on San Diego State on the deck of the USS Midway.  The game has already been postponed from its original tip date of Friday and if the conditions hold, should be the start of another season (and their last season since they move to the ACC next year) in which Jim Boeheim has ‘Cuse competing for a Big East title.

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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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Syracuse Chancellor Gives Jim Boeheim Vote of Confidence

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Syracuse Orange Coach Jim Boeheim has been pretty quiet on the child molestation charges against his now fired right man of multiple decades Bernie Fine. On Sunday he backed off a little from the acrimonious comments he initially made against Fine’s accusers. On Monday he said nothing at all, and probably realizes that in this case talking media equals “less is more.”

Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor answered the big question today surrounding the college basketball program.

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Silence of Jim Boeheim Speaks Volumes About Him, Syracuse

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What happens on the court this year for Syracuse college basketball is really trivial and trite compared to what’s going on for the Orange off of it. Anyone who isn’t mentally slow or a boring, two-dimensional stick figure is aware that Jim Boeheim has much more important things to deal with right now than hoops. Bringing justice against the molesting of children, which occurred within his program and during his regime is a million times more important than anything a scoreboard or the Big East standings have to say this year.

Unlike Penn State, Syracuse University has handled the situation and damage control reasonably well.

Except for Boeheim of course, who looks like an egomaniacal loose cannon after he attacked the alleged victims, accusing them of lying/opportunism. That’s why he needs to calculate his next public move very carefully. Hence the silence yesterday.

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Syracuse FIRES Bernie Fine

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UPDATE: Syracuse fires Bernie Fine amidst molestations accusations.

After reports surfaced today of taped phone conversations, Syracuse has decided to fire assistant coach Bernie Fine.

This is an ongoing story, and details will follow.

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Serious Molestation Evidence Emerges Against Syracuse, Bernie Fine

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In regards to the concurrent child molestation investigations, Syracuse is not Penn State, and Jim Boeheim is not Joe Paterno. However, the evidence emerging today from the wife of the accused, Bernie Fine brings the two cases of the two programs a little closer.

You know about the charges against Fine; and how strongly Boeheim defended him.

Now things are about to get much worse for the Orange college basketball program.

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Syracuse Trounces Colgate in Wake of Scandal; Boeheim Defends Fine

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In Syracuse, the focus on this college basketball Saturday wasn’t hoops but scandal. Playing for the first time since Jim Boeheim‘s top assistant Bernie Fine was accused of child sex abuse, #5 Syracuse destroyed Colgate 92-47.

Normally, a Big East traditional power trouncing a low-major cupcake in the early season is not big news, but today it is.

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