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Syracuse Basketball Scandal: Syracuse Self-Reports Possible Drug Policy Violations

The Syracuse Orange are currently under investigation for potentially violating internal drug policies. They reported themselves over a year ago, according to an NCAA spokesperson.

Mar 3, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Carrier Dome.  Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 3, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Carrier Dome. Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program faced a scandal this winter when accusations of child molestation were levied against former assistant coach Bernie Fine, who was fired in November. Now it appears that the Orange -- ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 30-1 record and the top seed in the just underway Big East Tournament -- are under investigation by the NCAA, although the school reported itself for violations of its internal drug policy.

The Associated Press (via SI.com) reports that Syracuse reported itself to the NCAA regarding potential drug policy violations more than a year ago.

In a report Monday, Yahoo Sports said a three-month investigation it conducted showed that the Syracuse men's basketball program failed to adhere to the drug policy while playing ineligible players over the past decade.

The report, which cited anonymous sources, said at least 10 players since 2001 had tested positive for a banned recreational substance or substances. The sources said all 10 players were allowed to practice and play at times when they should have been suspended by the athletic department, including instances when some may not have known of their own ineligibility.

The report did not identify who tested positive. Syracuse won its lone national championship in 2003.

Although the initial investigation only went back to the 2000-01 season, the findings could trigger the NCAA's "willful violators" clause, which would allow the investigation to reach as far back as necessary to determine when the violations began.

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