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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Syracuse hotels offering $1 rooms in honor of Syracuse Orange basketball

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Move over William Shatner, I think someone has just beat you when it comes to a travel deal.

In celebration of the Syracuse Orange #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Talk about March Madness, this is is the very definition, as the city of Syracuse is offering a variety of $1 deals throughout the city for residents and visitors alike.  There are even $1 hotel stays.

22 local hotels, restaurants & attractions (i.e., museums, spas – even the opera!) have all signed up to offer discounts for The Orange’s run through the NCAA tournament.

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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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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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Analyzing all 9 Undefeated College Basketball Teams

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Nine undefeated teams left in all of college basketball. And none of them are named Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Duke (I listed them twice because ESPN loves them so much), Ohio State, Florida or Kansas.

In other words, if you’re still undefeated at this point of this season, you are legit- at least to some extent. By mid December, pretty much everyone has played in a conference “challenge” event and participated in a Holiday tournament. if you didn’t pick up an L in either of those situations, then you likely suffered a setback in some quality opponent non-conference scheduling.

Yes, most of the games up to this point have been cupcakes, but no one has really been able to feed on just  cupcakes for over a month. Let’s run through the 9 remaining perfect teams, in order of AP poll ranking.

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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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