Syracuse officially leaving Big East for ACC in 2013

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We all knew this was coming for some time, but the news was made official today:

The BIG EAST Conference and Syracuse University today announced that both organizations have reached an agreement on Syracuse’s departure from the BIG EAST and move to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Under the terms of the agreement reached between the BIG EAST and Syracuse, the BIG EAST members will vote, in accordance with the BIG EAST’s bylaws, to terminate Syracuse’s membership in the BIG EAST effective July 1, 2013, at which point Syracuse will join the ACC. In addition to other consideration, Syracuse will make a total cash payment to the BIG EAST of $7.5 million.

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#1 Syracuse Suffers 1st Loss at Notre Dame

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With what happened tonight in South Bend, I felt it necessary to re-run yesterday’s story about Notre Dame knocking off so many #1 ranked teams. It seems very prescient now on my part, almost predicative . Though I did say in the article I don’t think it was going to happen.

Jack Cooley (yes, the new Luke Harangody looking guy) had 17 points and 10 rebounds against a Syracuse team missing its shot-blocking, rebounding center Fab Melo as the Irish knocked off the Orange 67-58 on Saturday.

Fans stormed the court after the ND upset victory, something you got to do when you beat #1. It was the eighth time Notre Dame has beaten a No. 1 team—that ties for fourth-most all-time, with North Carolina having the most with 12.

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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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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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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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