Syracuse held onto its No. 2 ranking in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll. But while the Orange continue to roll on the hardwood — they take a 10-game win streak into this week’s Big East tournament — they may be under fire once again off it.
According to a report from Charles Robinson and Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, Syracuse allowed as many as 10 players to continue playing after positive drug tests over the last 12 years, violating the program’s internal drug policy.
The report cites four sources “with intimate knowledge of the program” who said players were not suspended in accordance with athletic department policies. The team violate its policy by “failing to properly count positive tests” and “playing ineligible players after they should have been subject to suspension.”
Syracuse has self-reported possible violations, which senior vice president for public affairs for the university Kevin Quinn says does not invole any current students.
The NCAA declined comment when reached by Yahoo Sports, and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim also refused to comment, saying “I don’t know anything about it. I would not comment on anything like that. Good luck with your story.”
If an NCAA investigation corroborated the report, Syracuse could face sanctions similar to those levied against Baylor back in 2005.
This is the second time the Orange have garnered unwanted media attention this season. In November, a former team ball boy accused Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him . Fine was put on leave and eventually fired 10 days later.
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