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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