Bernie Fine Scandal: Laurie Fine To Hold Press Conference Wednesday Morning

Laurie Fine, the wife of former Syracuse men's assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, announced she will hold a 11 a.m. press conference on Wednesday and make a "major announcement."

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Federal prosecutors drop case on Bernie Fine

After almost a year-long investigation federal prosecutors announced Friday it will not charge former Syracuse men's basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine with child molestation.

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Bernie Fine-Syracuse Scandal: Bobby Davis, Mike Lang Will Sue University And Jim Boeheim

The two men who have accused former long-time assistant head coach Bernie Fine of sexual molestation have told ESPN's investigative television show Outside The Lines Tuesday that they plan on suing Syracuse University and head coach Jim Boeheim for defamation.

Over a month ago, when news broke about the sexual abuse allegations, the plaintiffs -- Bobby Davis and Mike Lang -- were called "liars" and "money grabbers" by Boeheim, who has since apologized for his comments.

ESPN is reporting that a press conference with the plaintiffs' lawyer, Gloria Allred, has been scheduled for 2 p.m. in New York City. Allred has been the attorney for women who made sexual abuse claims against former presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Previously, the initial accuser, Davis, said he was not going to sue Boeheim.

SB Nation New York will be updating this StoryStream as more information becomes available. Please, check back or follow on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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Bernie Fine-Syracuse Scandal: Jim Boeheim Apologetic In Press Conference

There was a very positive vibe flowing through the Syracuse University Carrier Dome Friday night after the Orange, who are ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the AP Poll, downed the No. 9/10-ranked University of Florida, 72-68, in a non-conference game featured on ESPN. The mood turned 180-degrees in the media room, where Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim stood behind his podium and conducted his usual post-game press conference, which featured him, again, addressing the sexual abuse allegations involving former long-time assistant coach Bernie Fine.

However, this time the topic wasn't brought up by ESPN or CNN reporters. No, SU's headman did it all on his own terms and for the first time was very apologetic about his handling of the situation.

"I believe I misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made," he said. "I shouldn’t have questioned what the accusers expressed or their motives. I am really sorry that I did that and I regret any harm that I caused. It was insensitive to the individuals involved and especially to the overall issue of child abuse."

"I spent yesterday afternoon at the McMahon/Ryan House talking to people, the director and other people there and although I have been involved with them in terms of raising money, I think it’s important that we and I get involved more in terms of raising awareness.

"What I said last week was out of loyalty, I reacted without thinking, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I’m trying to learn from my mistake and this has been a hard time. That’s all I can say, there’s an investigation going on, that I fully support because we all need to know as much as we can what happened."

After giving answers to a few basketball-related questions, Boeheim was asked by ESPN's Andy Katz, "How much has this (the topic of Bernie Fine and his alleged sexual abuse of two former ball boys -- Bobby Davis and Mike Lang) consumed you this week?"

"It's been everything," Boeheim said. "I haven't really thought about the game. I didn't worry about my players being focused. I was focused for them at practice.

"But this is, this whole topic, it's not harder on me, it's people who have been abused that's who it's hard on," Boeheim said. "I've given a lot of money and raised a lot money but I want to do more in the future for kids in this area and McMahon Ryan is the best place in the area for kids to go and talk."

During the past two days, some of the national media, including Yahoo! College Sports Columnist Pat Forde, thought Boeheim did not seem contrite enough during his Tuesday night post-game press conference, which featured the Orange headman candidly talking about Fine's firing and the sexual abuse allegations for the first time.

It was obvious -- you could just see it in his face and in his voice -- that Boeheim, who had a lot of time to think about what he said over the past few days, was upset at himself.

The big question is: how will the media, American people and victims of sexual abuse take his apology? Will it be a little too late; or is everybody finally getting a chance to see the real Jim Boehiem?

SB Nation New York blogged from press row at the Carrier Dome Friday night, as the Syracuse Orange beat the Florida Gators. If you'd like more information on the Bernie Fine scandal, check out the latest updates located in this special StoryStream. Please, be sure to follow us along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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Final Score: Syracuse 72, Florida 68

Senior point guard Scoop Jardine scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and dished out seven assists Friday night to help the Syracuse University men's basketball program defeat the University of Florida, 72-68, in a top 10, non-conference showdown at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The Orange (8-0), who are ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the AP Poll, used a 13-4 run, which included seven points from Jardine, to take a 62-53 lead with 2:34 remaining in the game to help stay unbeaten. Jardine also surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his collegiate career.

Junior guard Brandon Triche chipped in with a team-best 20 points for Syracuse.

Junior guard Kenny Boynton netted a team-best 22 points for the Gators (5-2), who entered the game ranked No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the AP Poll. Florida dropped to 0-2 against top 5 opponents this year.

Syracuse, which led 31-27 at halftime, used a quick 8-3 run, capped by a Triche layup with 16:39 reaming in the game, to take a 39-30 lead. However, behind a string of hot 3-point shooting, which featured Florida nailing five of its next six shot from behind the arc, three from Boynton, the Gators took a brief 49-46 advantage with 9:19 to go.

But, Syracuse quickly answered with a Triche 3-ball and a defensive stop that led to senior forward Kris Joseph flushing a dunk in transition, which gave the Orange a 51-49 advantage with 8:44 remaining. From there, Jardine took over and helped SU hang on for the victory.

SB Nation New York blogged from press row at the Carrier Dome Friday night, as the Syracuse Orange beat the Florida Gators. Be sure to check out, SB Nation's Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician for everything SU, while Alligator Army has the inside track on the Gators. Follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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Syracuse Vs. Florida 2011 Score Update: Orange Lead Gators, 31-27, At Halftime

Senior forward Kris Joseph has netted a team-best seven points and collected four rebounds to help Syracuse University earn a 31-27 halftime lead over the University of Florida in a top-10, non-conference game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. Both sophomore center Fab Melo and junior guard Brandon Triche has chipped in with seven points for the Orange (7-0), who are ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the AP Poll. Florida (5-1), which is ranked No. 9/10, is paced by senior guard Erving Walker, who has netted three 3-pointers that have led to a total of nine points.

The Orange, who trailed 10-6 in the first few minutes of the first half, slowly crept back into the game and took its first lead, 20-19, with 6:14 to go. Then, with the game tied at 25 with about 3:42 to go in the half, SU used a small 6-0 run, which included a layup from senior guard Scoop Jardine layup, a dunk by sophomore forward C.J. Fair and two Triche free throws, respectively, to earn a 31-25 advantage with 1:31 remaining in the half. A basket by Florida's Will Yeguete cut the margin to four heading into the half.

SB Nation New York is updating from press row at the Carrier Dome, as the Syracuse Orange hosts the Florida Gators. Be sure to check out, SB nation's Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician for everything SU, while Alligator Army has the inside track on the Gators. Follow along on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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Syracuse Vs. Florida 2011: Orange Host Gators In Top 10 Showdown

The No. 3/4-ranked Syracuse Orange host No. 9/10 Florida Gators Friday night at the Carrier Dome (7 p.m. on ESPN). Here's the SB Nation New York preview.

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