Boeheim’s arrogance catches up to him; Syracuse, ACC pay price

Jim Boeheim ignored NCAA rules and was hit with penalties. (AP photo)

Jim Boeheim ignored NCAA rules and was hit with penalties. (AP photo)

Jim Boeheim ignored NCAA rules and was hit with penalties. (AP photo)

Jim Boeheim has long been one of the nation’s finest college basketball coaches. He can be thoroughly entertaining, even if combative, in news conferences. But arrogance can lead to anybody’s undoing, and consider the Syracuse coach the latest example.

Boeheim and his program were slammed by the NCAA for multiple violations Friday, including the mother of all no-nos: academic fraud.

Also for everything else. The NCAA said Boeheim “failed to monitor his program,” noting infractions included “academic misconduct, extra benefits, the failure to follow its drug testing policy and impermissible booster activity.”

Seriously, what’s left?

Syracuse was hit with five years probation. It will lose three scholarships annually for four years, have limitations placed on off-campus recruiting for two years, must vacate all wins for five basketball seasons (and three football seasons), was hit with multiple financial penalties and Boeheim was suspended for the first nine ACC games of the 2015-16 season. The NCAA also accepted Syracuse’s self-imposed, one-year postseason ban.

Actually, given all the NCAA found wrong at Syracuse, the penalties could have/should have been a lot worse.

To read the NCAA’s official release, click here.

This isn’t just a mark on Boeheim’s legacy, it’s a significant blow to the ACC. The last conference expansion included Syracuse, largely because of the school’s basketball program. School administrators must have anticipated the sanctions would be bad or they wouldn’t have self-imposed penalties that included pulling themselves out of this year’s ACC and NCAA tournaments.

A sample of the findings:

• Two Syracuse basketball staff members completed coursework for an undisclosed basketball player who was on the verge of becoming academically ineligible in January of 2012. This occurred at a time when the school was already under investigation for other potential violations and — and — after the NCAA denied an eligibility waiver for the same student.

• A booster developed relationships with basketball staff members, and basketball and football athletes and provided more than $8,000 to two basketball players and three football players for volunteer work. The NCAA found that staff members encouraged the students’ relationship with the booster.

•  The school violated its own drug testing policy. From the NCAA: “The athletics director said the department followed an ‘unwritten policy’ because the written policy was confusing. As a result, basketball students who tested positive on more than one occasion were not withheld from practice and games, as the written policy directed.”

(So to translate, players flunked test but the school did nothing because, well, there was a game that night.)

• A part-time tutor certified that three football players completed a required number of study hours, when in fact that wasn’t the case.The 10-year NCAA investigation does not affect Syracuse’s 2003 national championship.

The penalties also do not extend the postseason ban beyond this season, which leads to one question: Why not?

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43 comments
GT71
GT71

One suspects coach Boeheim wont talk Schultzie's questions at press time.  "Why not?", Shultz?  Because they didn't think it was warranted.  But YOU are the arbiter?  Wow, just WOW!

Of course, AJC writers are infamous for taking sides, carrying torches, destroying players without evidence, passing along ruinous rumors, hyperventilating about just about everything.

Paid by the word....and it shows.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Read lots of posts regarding UNC.  Yes, what's the holdup with UNC's punishment?  John Swofford either has many close friends who investigate/determine punishment OR he does fabulous work on his knees.  


"The NCAA: An Institution of Ambiguous Character"

OH_IO
OH_IO

Tressel got hosed

swimfin2
swimfin2

Why not? Because they won't be making the playoffs for a while anyway lol

5150POAD
5150POAD

It is time to get rid of the NCAA. They have no credibility.  They apply punishment so freaking strange depending on the team or coach that the NCAA can't be taken seriously.  

What about MIAMI, Auburn & SC. They all have had crap going on and NOTHING has really been done to them. 

Jacket Detective
Jacket Detective

@9014EAEO

And what would you replace them with?

Yes I am angry about the Demaryious Thomas situation where the NCAA seemed to think we should suspend a future first round pick for the arch-rival game.

Miami did get penalized and they probably helped minimize the damage by starting the process themselves.

Upon reflection, how does one keep a fake, ponzi scheme multi-millionaire under control?

Maybe I'm OK with it because we beat them last year.

The NCAA does not like to take a championship season away and I can understand that as well.

However if the Heels get a slap on the wrist, I may be back on here agreeing with you.

GTMan1949
GTMan1949

Sounds like Sweet Ole Bobby Bowden. Must be why Uga dismisses players before they get caught. 

ErksRRTrackDog8
ErksRRTrackDog8

@GTMan1949 you know for a Tech grad (if in fact you are) that is a very foolish thing to say. "must be why UGA dismisses them before they get caught" All the Flats grads i have met in my lifetime are quite intelligent - some brilliant..if you did attend you must have CHEATED  in order to graduate...

ImaNitwit
ImaNitwit

Is it better to have a coach that cheats and wins or a Jesus wacko like Richt that never wins?

ErksRRTrackDog8
ErksRRTrackDog8

@ImaNitwit i am quite sure i was a big reason that an attitude adjustment occurred to a couple of  punk boys who made disparaging remarks  similar to "Jesus wacko" while in my presence.…i just hope i get the chance to hear you say that while i am in earshot…i would like to give you the same opportunity for a similar attitude adjustment…

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

FSU also has a coach (Jimbo) that's looks the other way.

And tell me again, why was Boeheim not terminated?

Salty55
Salty55

@Quackmeyer He'll simply retire now...stripped of wins...tainted legacy.  Simply slide over to the broadcast booth for a couple years of (more) easy money.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

He's been shady for a few years now starting with him supporting his gay assistant coach that was trying to seduce the male players - sick!!

GTRay
GTRay

Wait a minute.  I don’t understand. Syracuse doesn't have to forfeit their national championship despite egregious, widespread and numerous violations occurring over a ten year period, but we have to forfeit our ACC championship because of our former AD’s “failing to protect the integrity of the NCAA’s investigation” – he told Johnson about the investigation – into whether a player inappropriately received $312 worth of clothes, which was not proved in the investigation.

What am I missing here?

kenstallings
kenstallings

@GTRay


You're not missing a thing.  The NCAA is noted for inconsistency.  I'm not even connected to Georgia Tech but what you wrote is correct.  


Compare also what Syracuse did to what we already know about the UNC program over a far longer time period.  Where are their sanctions?  Where is the NCAA investigation on their program?  UNC engaged a lot more academic fraud than having some staff member complete coursework for players.  They did that plus orchestrated fake classes.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

So the NCAA punishes Syracuse by stripping scholarships from the last players on the bench?   I thought their first mission was education?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@GeorgeStein 

Ban them from TV and the post season for 3 or 4 years.  They will still have players on scholarship - just not the blue chippers.

Of course, the NCAA's "media partners" wouldn't like that.

ErksRRTrackDog8
ErksRRTrackDog8

@GeorgeStein George i think you make an excellent point. I think you speak the truth on this one…I never thought about it that way (Last players on bench) 

GoGT
GoGT

When will the NCAA put the heels on probation?

58Supersports
58Supersports

You right Jeff, Seriously, what's left? Should fire him!

Guyon
Guyon

If the ACC knew about the NCAA investigation, why did they invite Syracuse to join?

KKA
KKA

What about North Carolina?????????????

Lagrangejacket
Lagrangejacket

And who said the ACC didn't belong in the Power 5 conferences?

LakeDawg
LakeDawg

The NCAA said Boeheim “failed to monitor his program,” noting infractions included “academic misconduct, extra benefits, the failure to follow its drug testing policy and impermissible booster activity.”


How is that different from the majority of big time schools? That is business as usual. NCAA doesn't investigate these things unless they're self reported. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

"The penalties also do not extend the postseason ban beyond this season, which leads to one question: Why not?"


Why not?  Because the NCAA sold their soul (along with the TV rights to the Tourney) to CBS and they don't want to have "brand name programs" missing several years.

GTBob
GTBob

@GTQBdefender That is going to be a glorious day. Ill believe it when I see it though. Syracuse has no clout. UNC does. They deserve something ridiculously harsh. Im expecting a slap on the wrist.

Salty55
Salty55

Meanwhile, in Chapel Hill...

Jacket Detective
Jacket Detective

@Salty55 I'm going to break out the champagne when those hypocrites who tattled and lied on us get hammered even worse. If Cuse gets this, the Heels are due something even worse. No college would sit Demaryious Thomas with the arch-rival game coming up if no infraction had been committed, as was the case. I do not feel it has been pointed out that the NCAA wanted us to suspend D. Thomas with no guarantee he would be cleared in time to play.

Salty55
Salty55

@GTQBdefender When UNC gets the reaming they deserve, I'll buy the first case of champagne.  It will flow from Atlanta to Clemson to Raleigh to Charlottesville.  SMU wants company in the Halls of Ignominy (not a word learned in CH!  LOL!).

coj
coj

And what punishment did the coach personally get?

GTBob
GTBob

@coj Its really up to the employer to enforce a punishment if they see fit. If they want to fire him then they can.

coj
coj

@GTBob @coj Says a lot about the institution and it's leadership if the coach doesn't receive punishment commensurate to the offenses his program was found guilty of performing.

RangeRover
RangeRover

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving jerk.

GTBob
GTBob

I can certainly see how this is terrible for Syracuse but im not sure why this is all that big of a blow to the ACC. Im pretty sure we have enough good teams to sustain Syracuse being down for a few years.

Jacket Detective
Jacket Detective

@GTBob

Doesn't this mean, though, that UNC get hammered as well? I hope they do and I don't care what it means to the ACC. Until Tech gets the ACCCG trophy (officially ours) then I hope they all get the proverbial book thrown at them. Wasn't it some UNC ex jock who claimed we didn't cooperate? No college would sit Megatron for their arch-rival when no fraction had been committed.

Jacket Detective
Jacket Detective

@GTBob

Not Megatron but Demaryious Thomas. Megatron considered better but Thomas had the better season last year. 

zzggyy
zzggyy

Syracuse in sync with FSU in the ACC - the All Criminal Conference