While not so much for the men’s basketball program, it was, all things considered, a relatively good day for the Syracuse football team.
In a press release Friday, the NCAA announced that “[o]ver the course of a decade, Syracuse University did not control and monitor its athletics programs, and its head men’s basketball coach failed to monitor his program, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.” While the 10 self-reported violations primarily involved the men’s hoops team, the football team was also found to violate NCAA bylaws.
The two violations pertaining to Orange football center around academic misconduct and impermissible benefits. From the release:
From 2005 through 2007, a part-time tutor and three football students violated ethical conduct rules by engaging in academic misconduct. The tutor certified that the students completed the required number of hours for an internship and gave the professor information about the type of activities performed by the students when he had limited knowledge of activities completed. The students received academic credit for misrepresented work.
A booster developed relationships with men’s basketball and football students and members of the men’s basketball staff. In some instances, the basketball staff encouraged students to develop relationships with the booster, which resulted in rule violations. The booster provided more than $8,000 in cash to three football and two men’s basketball students for volunteering at the YMCA. Additionally, the booster gave money to basketball staff members for appearances or assistance at YMCA events. The staff members did not report the payments to the school as outside income or supplemental pay, as NCAA rules require. The compensation included a free membership to the Syracuse YMCA for a year and a half, cash payments for working events and one month’s rent for one staff member.
As a result of the violations, the Orange football program was placed on probation for a period of five years. Additionally, they will be forced to vacate all wins “in which… ineligible football students played in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.” A total of 11 wins from that period will be vacated, with six coming from the 2004 season, four from 2006 and one from 2005.
The identities of the players involved were not revealed. Paul Pasqualoni was the head coach in 2004, while Greg Robinson was on the job for the remainder of the violations.
Meanwhile, the hoops team got hammered by the NCAA, with sanctions ranging from 12 scholarships over a four-year period stripped to a nine-game suspension for head coach Jim Boeheim to the vacating of 108 wins to returning to the NCAA all money it received from the former Big East Conference revenue-sharing for its appearances in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA basketball tournament. The school had previously self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2014-15 season, a penalty the NCAA accepted and declined to add
The violations for the hoops program dated back to 2001, and all of them occurred under Boeheim.
The school’s chancellor said in a statement that they were considering an appeal of certain elements of the penalties, although which ones that may be in dispute weren’t detailed.
For the complete NCAA release, click HERE. For the complete 94-page report, click HERE.