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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Jim Boeheim gets vote of confidence from Syracuse chancellor


Jim Boeheim in the NIT Season Tip-Off last week. (Patrick McDermott / Getty Images)
If the decision is up to Jim Boeheim, he will continue to coach the Syracuse basketball team while an investigation continues into child molestation accusations against Bernie Fine, the long-time associate coach who was fired Sunday.

“[Boeheim is] not going to resign,” an unnamed source told ESPN. “He's like [Connecticut Coach Jim] Calhoun — old warriors. He'll get through this.”

Boeheim has been criticized for his initial support of Fine and remarks about the alleged victims’ motives, but he tempered those comments Sunday night after Fine was fired. Ahead of Syracuse’s game tonight against Eastern Michigan in the Carrier Dome, Boeheim and players were keeping a low profile and Kevin Quinn, a spokesperson for Syracuse, declined to comment about Boeheim’s security. He has coached the team since 1976.

However, Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor gave him a vote of confidence. “Coach Boeheim is our coach; he’s getting the team ready tonight. We’re very pleased with what he said Sunday night and we stand by him.”

ESPN, citing a source familiar with the situation, said that a succession plan is in place, whenever it is needed. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins has an “iron-clad contract” as the heir apparent to Boeheim, 67. It was reworked and approved by the board of trustees two years ago, ESPN reported.

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