Head coach of the Syracuse Orange, Jim Boeheim talking during the press conference after the game against the Colgate Raiders at the Carrier Dome on November 19, 2011 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)

Bernie Fine Scandal: Accusers Plan To Sue Jim Boeheim For Defamation

Assistant coach Bernie Fine has been terminated by Syracuse University as an investigation into charges of sexual misconduct continue

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Bobby Davis-Mike Lang Press Conference: Bernie Fine Accusers Announce Lawsuit Against Jim Boeheim

Syracuse University men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim may not be fired or face any suspension for what he said about the two accusers of former assistant head coach Bernie Fine -- Bobby Fine and Mike Lang -- but he sure will pay for it. Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, the two accusers along with their newly hired high-profiled lawyer Gloria Allred announced that a defamation lawsuit will be filed against Boeheim and Syracuse University.

"Although Boeheim eventually acknowledged that he 'misspoke,' those words came too little too late," Allred said. "One of Syracuse's most respected individuals had already told the world repeatedly that Bobby Davis and Mike Lang were nothing but liars and out for money and nothing else.

"Boeheim has not suffered any consequences in his employment for using his position of power within the university to make these false, inflammatory and injurious statements about Bobby and Mike."

Davis also read a statement at the presser.

"It really hurt me to learn coach Boeheim had accused me of lying," Davis said.

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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.

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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?

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Bernie Fine-Syracuse Scandal: Federal Authorities Search Locker At Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center

Law enforcement officials are turning up the heat in the investigation into the Bernie Fine sexual misconduct scandal that rocked Syracuse University back in November.

The longtime assistant basketball coach under Jim Boeheim was recently fired from the University in light of new information that lent credibility to molestation charges brought forth after two former ball boys, Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, came forward to accuse Fine of inappropriate sexual contact while they were minors.

After it was recently revealed that yet another victim was preparing to come forward, federal authorities arrived at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center on the Orange campus to search one of the lockers.

NY Post has more:

The official confirmed the search at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center happened Wednesday. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because it's an ongoing investigation, would not say what agents sought or what they recovered from the locker.

Fine's office on campus was searched Tuesday morning, and his suburban home was searched last Friday. The U.S. Attorney's office in northern New York, which is leading the investigation, has not said what it sought or found.

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Bernie Fine-Syracuse Scandal: Fourth Accuser Could Be Coming Forward

Just hours before the Syracuse University men's basketball program was set to take the court against non-conference opponent Eastern Michigan Tuesday night, a fourth accuser in the Bernie Fine sexual abuse investigation is set to come forward.

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Bernie Fine Fired: Syracuse's Jim Boeheim Releases Statement

Almost an hour after former long-time assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired from his position Sunday night, the Orange head coach and long-time friend of Fine's, Jim Boeheim, released a statement, via one of the university's Facebook pages, reacting to the news.

“The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.”

Before the release of the statement, there were rumors that Boeheim was not going to react to the termination of Fine, who he strongly supported admits the initial sexual abuse allegations. Obviously, those rumors proved to be false and it seems that SU's headman did a good job of retracting his previous statements, which attacked the alleged victims.

Will this statement save the job of Boeheim, who is in the middle of his 36th season as head coach? Right now, nobody knows that answer. That decision will depend on if the new investigation reveals that Boeheim had any knowledge of the relationship between Fine and his alleged victims -- Bobby Davis and Mike Lang.

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Syracuse Basketball Scandal: Bernie Fine Terminated As Bobby Davis' Allegations Gain Credibility

For 35 seasons, Syracuse University men's basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine has sat alongside friend and co-worker, head coach Jim Boeheim, at Orange games. That will no longer be the case, as Fine was terminated of his duties Sunday night.

"At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," said Kevin C. Quinn, who's the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs.

The dismissal was made after new information about Fine's alleged molestation of two former ball boys -- Bobby Davis and Mike Lang -- came forth Sunday morning. The information was a 2002 secret recording Davis made of a conversation between himself and Fine's wife, Laurie, who admitted in the tape that Fine had issues and that possibly one day those issues would come back and haunt him.

As of 8:01 p.m. ET, Fine's coaching profile is still on the SUAthletics.com website. 

A statement by Boeheim is expected to come soemtime Sunday night, however, so far, nothing has been released.

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Bernie Fine-Syracuse Scandal: Bobby Davis' Secret Recordings With Laurie Fine

The Syracuse University men's basketball program has been in the national spotlight recently for not its play on the hardwood, but its scandal involving long-time assistant head coach Bernie Fine, who has been accused of sexual abusing two former ball boys -- Bobby Davis and Mike Lang. For just over a week, there has been water-cooler talk about how credible Davis' and Lang's accusations to ESPN and the Syracuse Police Department were, but now, thanks to some secret 2002 recordings between Davis and Bernie Fine's wife, Laurie, there seems to be little room for criticism.

In the recordings, Laurie, via telephone, discusses with Davis the sexual molestation of Davis by Fine. During the discussion Laurie admits that Fine has issues and that possibly one day those issues will come back and haunt him. Here is one of the discussions recorded by Davis:

Davis: He wanted to do me. He wanted me to touch him, too. He tried to make me touch him a couple of times. He'd grab my hand, and then I'd pull away, and then he'd put me in your bed, and then you know, put me down, and I'd try to go away, and he'd put his arm on top of my chest. He goes, 'If you want this money, you'll stay right here.

Fine: Right. Right ... ," Laurie Fine said. "He just has a nasty attitude, because he didn't get his money, nor did he get what he wanted. He didn't get ...

Davis: It's not about the money.

Fine: It's about the d---. I know that. So you're -- I'm just telling you for your own good, you're better off just staying away from him.

Here is more from Laurie Fine:

"I know about everything that went on. I know, everything that went on with him. Bernie has issues. Maybe, some that he is not aware of but he has issues...

"...You trusted somebody that you shouldn't have trusted..."

"...Bernie is also in denial, I think that he did the things he did, but, some how through his own mental telepathy he erased them out of his mind..."

At one point during the conversation, Davis asked Laurie if he was the only one Bernie molestated.

"No... I think there might have been others but it was geared to... There was something about you,."

Also on Sunday, the Syracuse Post-Standard has reported that a third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, has come foward and said that Fine molested him in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002.

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Bernie Fine-Syracuse Scandal: Jim Boeheim Interview (Video), Jason Whitlock, Danielle Roach

The Syracuse University men's basketball team faces Virginia Tech Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the NIT Tipoff Tournament at Madison Square Garden. However, in the middle of what could be considered SU's toughest game of the season, the Orange (4-0), ranked No. 5 in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls, and their head coach Jim Boeheim are still answering questions about the police investigation of assistant coach Bernie Fine, who was placed on administrative leave after being accused of sexually abusing two former ball boys in the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

On Tuesday, in a pregame presser for Wednesday's match up against the Hokies, Boeheim was -- not surprisingly -- bombarded by reporters who wanted to get more sound bites from the man who has been coaching at SU and is very good friends with Fine for 40-plus years.

"I made one statement. I think it was the right statement. I don’t have to repeat it, everyone’s seen it. I support Bernie. Like I said, known him for 50 years. If something else happens, some factual things, then we’ll have to adjust to that."

Despite saying that he will no longer talk about the Fine situation, Boeheim has continued to talk about the Fine situation. It is very clear that Boeheim has scaled back his verbal assault on Fine's accusers and alleged victims -- Bobby Davis and Mike Lang -- who he said Friday were lying and accused them of money grabbing, and, instead, turned his attention to the media coverage surrounding the situation (via .

He did a double take. "That’s not for me to say," he replied. Then, a rare smirk. Another glance over his shoulder. "Read Jason Whitlock," he suggested, referring to the national columnist who smashed ESPN to pieces Tuesday for airing the Bobby Davis allegations against Fine, while we were all still dizzy from Penn State.

If there are two message that Boeheim has tried to clearly communicate to the media in the past few days, they have been: A) he's no Joe Paterno -- if he knew anything about the allegations facing Fine, he would have reported them immediately; and B) Bernie Fine is his friend -- and if you want to slam him for supporting his friend, well, go ahead.

In the past few days, since ESPN broke the story about Fine, there has been a lot of back-and-forth talk in and around the Syracuse area, but little new information. The only new tidbit -- and it's a solid one -- has come from Danielle Roach, former girlfriend of Davis, who pushed for the investigations of Fine in '02 and '11 and says there will be a lot of support for Fine because he didn't abuse everybody.

Not surprisingly, as Roach mentioned, much of the water-cooler talk as been very supportive of Fine, who seemingly has a spotless record among the SU community.

Many fans who have called in to local radio talk shows have been very respectful toward the alleged victims, but have told countless stories that strongly support Fine's character. Meanwhile, a very loud minority has, rightfully so, questioned SU's and the Syracuse Post-Standards's previous investigation in '03 and the practices of the basketball program.

Unfortunately for Syracuse fans, answers to these questions will not come soon. That's because the Syracuse Police Department, led by Police Chief Frank Fowler, and the District Attorney, William Fitzpatrick, are currently participating in an ego war, which features one man calling out the other man. Meanwhile, nothing gets done.

Despite the solid match up Wednesday against Virginia Tech, a possible final's showdown Friday vs. Stanford or Oklahoma State and a looming top-10 match up against the University of Florida, Dec. 2 (7 p.m. on ESPN), the Orange faithful can't get fully get back into their basketball mood. And, sadly, that maybe the case all season long.

Here's video from the Associated Press of Boeheim's Tuesday interview.

Boeheim Standing by Bernie Fine (via AssociatedPress)

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Syracuse Scandal: Bernie Fine, 'Simply Put, These Allegations Are Patently False In Every Aspect'

About 20 hours after ESPN.com broke the news that long-time Syracuse University men's basketball assistant coach, Bernie Fine, was being investigated for alleged molestation charges of a former ball boy, the accused released a statement, with the help of a lawyer, addressing the accusations:

"Simply put, these allegations are patently false in every aspect. The fact is these allegations have been thoroughly investigated multiple times. When evaluating the veracity of these accusations, please keep in mind that credible media outlets were approached in the past to publicize these false allegations and declined to do so. I fully cooperated with all past inquires."

"Sadly, we live in an allegation-based society and an internet age where in a matter of minutes one's life long reputation can be severely damaged. I am confident that, as in the past, a review of these allegations will be discredited and restore my reputation. I hope the latest review of these allegations will be conducted expeditiously.

"Finally, I appreciate the Chancellor’s statement that I should be accorded a fair opportunity to defend myself against these accusations. I fully intend to do so. There should never be a rush to judgment when someone’s personal integrity and career are on the line."

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Syracuse Basketball Scandal: Bernie Fine Supporters Coming Out In Droves

As the national and local news media wait on new information involving long-time Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine, who is being investigated by Syracuse police for allegedly sexually abusing two former ball boys, there is something interesting brewing in and around Orange Nation.

Locally, fans, friends, former managers and co-workers are coming out in droves to support the long-time assistant of head basketball coach Jim Boeheim, who made his support for Fine clear on Thursday night. 

"Every road game Syracuse played during my three years at Syracuse, my roommate on the road in the hotel was Bernie Fine," said former SU assistant coach Tim Welsh, who is now an analyst for SNY and worked along side Fine from 1988-91. "I've shared over probably, at least over 1,000 meals with him in my lifetime. This guy has an impeccable reputation, that's all I can tell you about him and I don't know anything about what's been said tonight, I can't put my arms around it right now ... he is one of the most respected people in college basketball."

Meanwhile, former SU players are finding the allegations hard to believe.

"I've been around him in every imaginable circumstance in life," former player ('64-68) and SU Board of Trustee George Hicker told The Daily Orange, the independent student newspaper of Syracuse. "And there is no chance, no chance these allegations are right."

"I know them. There's no way this kind of stuff is going on," Hicker said. "Boeheim never saw anything, this guy is lying, and Bernie never did it."

One of Fine's and Boeheim's most famous former players, Derrick Coleman, who was an All-American and No. 1-overall pick in the '90 NBA Draft, said this (via Facebook):

"To all my fb people and my SU family I’ve been knowing Bernie Fine since I was 14 going to SU Basketball Camps. I know how it feels to be accused of something and everybody is speculating I support Coach Fine 100% in my time at SU and still to this day I’ve never seen any indication of what he’s being accused of."

Listening to local radio station callers in Syracuse, there are numerous people calling in and telling their stories about Fine and how much of a great guy he is.

Now, this does not mean, at all, that Fine is innocent of these changes -- we all know that good people can do bad things. But, it is interesting to see how much support Fine has around the community. Especially, since the sexual abuse scandal of Penn State University is fresh in every sports fans' minds.

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Mike Lang Interview: Second Bernie Fine Victim Speaks To ESPN's Mark Schwarz

As SB Nation New York waits on more information about the police investigation of long-time Syracuse University men's basketball assistant coach, Bernie Fine, who has been accused of sexual abusing two former ball boys -- Bobby Davis and Mike Lang -- we have transcribed the ESPN interview with reporter Mark Schwarz, who sat down with the alleged second victim, Lang.

Schwarz began the interview asking, "How many times did (Fine) touch your penis?"

"I can't... Probably, 15, 20 times," answered Lang. "When you tell him, you know, when he first did it he'd move away and you didn't want to say anything. You didn't feel like you were capable of saying anything, you know, he was a god to you. He can do whatever he wants. But, not with me. I didn't feel right about it and I told him, 'Bernie please do not do that to me'. And then he would do it again, and again, just made me feel odd."

Schwarz admitted that ESPN had information on Fine in 2003, but did not go forward with the story because it didn't have another victim to back up Davis' claims. Now, that Lang came forward, Schwarz had enough resources to break the story.

So, it is fair to say that without Lang's "testimony" this story from ESPN would not have come out.

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Syracuse Basketball Scandal: Former Team Manager Defends Bernie Fine

Updating information/details on the developing story involving long-time Syracuse University men's basketball assistant coach, Bernie Fine, who is being investigated for alleged sexual abuse of a former ball boy: The Daily Orange, the student newspaper of SU, has published a story early Friday morning about another former ball boy, Sam Carello, who worked along side the alleged victim, Bobby Davis, and is defending Fine.

"People that know Bernie will know it didn't happen," Carello said. "But the people who don't will think he's guilty. It's not innocent until proven guilty in this society anymore."

Carello, who worked as a manager during the 1985-86 and '86-'87 seasons -- the same time as Davis -- is confident about Fine's innocence.

"I know he's not guilty, but he's already presumed guilty," Carello said. "He's on leave. He will never coach again. Anyone accused of being a molester at a university, you're not going to coach anymore. All because of one person coming forth and lying."

Another supporter of Fine is SU's head coach Jim Boeheim, who has worked with Fine for 35 years, and strongly reacted to the victims accusations.

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Bobby Davis Interview: Bernie Fine's Alleged Victim Speaks To ESPN's Mark Schwarz

The developing story about the Syracuse police investigation of sexual abuse allegations of long-time Syracuse University men's basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine has taken another quick turn. Late Thursday night, ESPN broadcasted an interview with Fine's alleged victim, Bobby Davis, 39, who sat down with reporter Mark Schwarz (click the link for full video).

Here's what Davis had to say (note: the statements by Davis are slightly edited because of a lot of pauses, "ums", "ahs" and "you knows". These edits were made so that the accuser's words could be read clearly):

"I think he tried to act like a father figure and tried to put that in my mind now that I look back at it. But, sixth grade, 11- or 10-years old, he started to try and touch me and things like that and, honestly, I thought that was suppose to happen. You know, I cringed up and didn't want it to happen and was very, like, what's going on. I just remember being disgusted in a sense, you know, but that's when he tried to touch my privates."

When asked about which private part Fine touched, Davis said:

"My penis. If I had shorts on, he would start rubbing my leg and then he would gradually put his hands down my pants. He'd try to grab my penis. And, if I resisted, which I would do all the time, he would get more aggressive. You know, he would grab it and say, 'just relax'. If I didn't, you know, he'd pull it and say, "relax".

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Syracuse Basketball Scandal: Local Newspaper Explains Previous Investigation

Continuing with the developing news updates about the sexual abuse allegations against long-time Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine, the Syracuse Post Standard is reacting to the news by saying that it had done an investigation on the alleged sexual abuse of Bobby Davis, but did not find anything. Here's the Post-Standard's statement:

"The Post-Standard interviewed Davis on numerous occasions about his molestation allegations against Fine in 2003. Davis alleged that Fine touched his penis on numerous occasions when he was a minor and an adult.

The newspaper determined that Davis, who grew up within blocks of Fine’s former home in Syracuse, accompanied the Syracuse University basketball team on road trips, including to Hawaii, where Davis said he stayed in Fine’s room.

The Post-Standard’s investigation did not turn up other evidence to corroborate the allegations against Fine.

The Post-Standard interviewed a handful of other men who Davis said had spent a lot of time at the Fines’ house as children and who Davis suggested might have been molested by Fine. All of these men, including a close relative of Davis, denied Fine had sexual contact with them."

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Bernie Fine Scandal: Jim Boeheim, 'No Way I Believe Any Of This Could Possibly Have Happened'

As news trickles in about the alleged sexual abuse investigation surrounding long-time Syracuse University men's basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine, who has been placed on administrative leave, the Orange's head coach, Jim Boeheim, a long-time friend and co-worker of Fine, is reacting strongly to the accusations.

"There's absolutely no way that I believe any of this could possibly have happened," Boeheim told New York Times writer Pete Thamel Thursday night. "That's the bottom line."

Boeheim continued to support Fine in this statement (via Brent Axe):

"I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would be involved in any of the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support."

Boeheim, in an updated version of the ESPN.com story, continued to strongly support his assistant coach:

"I know this kid, but I never saw him in any rooms or anything," Boeheim told ESPN. "It is a bunch of a thousand lies that he has told. You don't think it is a little funny that his cousin (relative) is coming forward?

"He supplied four names to the university that would corroborate his story. None of them did ... there is only one side to this story. He is lying."

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Bernie Fine: Syracuse University Releases Statement

As information trickles in on the Syracuse police investigation of former long-time Syracuse University men's basketball coach Bernie Fine's alleged sexual abuse of a former ball boy, the school and athletic department each released statements to address the issue:

“In 2005, Syracuse University was contacted by an adult male who told us that he had reported to the Syracuse City Police that he had been subjected to inappropriate contact by an associate men’s basketball coach. The alleged activity took place in the 1980’s and 1990’s. We were informed by the complainant that the Syracuse City Police had declined to pursue the matter because the statute of limitations had expired. “On hearing of the allegations in 2005, the University immediately launched its own comprehensive investigation through its legal counsel. That nearly four-month long investigation included a number of interviews with people the complainant said would support his claims. All of those identified by the complainant denied any knowledge of wrongful conduct by the associate coach. The associate coach also vehemently denied the allegations. “Syracuse University takes any allegation of this sort extremely seriously and has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. If any evidence or corroboration of the allegations had surfaced, we would have terminated the associate coach and reported it to the police immediately. We understand that the Syracuse City Police has now reopened the case, and Syracuse University will cooperate fully. We are steadfastly committed to ensuring that SU remains a safe place for every member of our campus community.”

Shortly after the University's statement, the athletic department announced that Fine would be placed on administrative leave:

“In light of the new allegations and the Syracuse City Police investigation, this evening Chancellor Cantor asked Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross, to place Associate Head Coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave."

New York Times' college sports writer Pete Thamel tweeted that a statement form head coach Jim Boeheim will be posted on the NYT website soon. However, he did say that, "He vehemently denies the ESPN story."

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