Reports: Syracuse basketball being investigated by NCAA for major violations


(Reuters)

It wouldn’t be March without the NCAA investigating the Syracuse men’s basketball team, apparently.

According to Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, who cites a source close to the investigation, the NCAA has been investigating the program for “years” for “major and wide ranging” violations.

A source told Dodd: “Throw a dart at the [NCAA] Manual [and you would hit a violation by Syracuse].”

The Syracuse Post-Standard, citing four sources, also reported Wednesday that the NCAA is looking into the program.

Last year on the eve of the NCAA tournament, Syracuse starting center Fab Melo was declared ineligible by the school for the NCAA tournament over an eligibility issue. Also that year, the NCAA investigated violations of the school’s internal drug policy, violations that were self-reported by the school.

In its story Wednesday, the Post-Standard reported that the NCAA is looking into how the school handled Melo’s eligibility. The NCAA also is looking into the school’s handling of a 2007 sexual assault case involving former basketball players Jonny Flynn, Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson, the Post-Standard reported.

This season, Syracuse forward James Southerland was suspended while the NCAA looked into the program’s academic records, the Post-Standard reported. He missed six games before being reinstated, and recently set the Big East tournament record for total three-pointers over one tournament.

Syracuse will leave the Big East after this season to join the ACC.

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