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Syracuse Basketball Drug Investigation: NCAA May Not Hand Out Stiff Penalties

The Yahoo! Sports report alleging that Syracuse failed to properly apply its own drug policy to at least 10 players has been making waves across the sports world. Taken in context with the sexual abuse charges levied against former assistant Bernie Fine, the latest scandal looks like another major black mark on head coach Jim Boeheim and the basketball program. Sean Keeley from the SB Nation blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician points out that the allegations by themselves may not be too serious when looked at on their own merits, however.

As for this drug policy that Syracuse has and must enforce, this is a whole can of worms. You're not required to have one by the NCAA, but if you do, then you have to enforce it. Brett McMurphy shared this list of school policies and they vary greatly depending on the school.

All of this boils down to...Syracuse should have followed it's own policies, it didn't, it will get its hand slapped (hopefully) and then new, stricter policies will be put into place by either the school or the NCAA moving forward.

Keeley also points out that the school has already self-reported the violations, which the NCAA has acknowledged. Factor in that no current Syracuse player was involved, and the Orange could be facing a relatively mild penalty from the NCAA.

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