Jim Boeheim, Syracuse penalized by NCAA

Jim Boeheim

The NCAA has suspended Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim for nine ACC games. It also took away 12 scholarships from the school and ordered that a total of 108 wins be vacated. This announcement comes after the conclusion of a multiyear investigation conducted by the NCAA into Syracuse’ athletic programs. The University self-reported to the NCAA and cooperated fully with the investigation.

Students who were academically ineligible to play were allowed to do so by the program (under Boeheim’s watch). As a result all wins garnered during games when ineligible players played are to be vacated.

“Over the course of a decade, Syracuse University did not control and monitor its athletics programs,” the NCAA said in a statement, “and its head men’s basketball coach failed to monitor his program.”

The suspension will applied for the 2015-16 season. The University had previously announced that it will not participate in the 2014-15 postseason, including the ACC tournament. Boeheim is expected to appeal his suspension.

The 108 wins vacated by the school taints Boeheim’s legacy. He was originally 34 wins away from earning 1,000 career coaching wins, but now is back down to 858, knocking him back to sixth on the all-time list.

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