Sports Revelation

Syracuse, please do the right thing.

Most of the time, Fridays make everything better. A crappy day at work, isn’t as crappy on Fridays. On Fridays, many people are daydreaming already thinking ahead about their weekend plans, and often overlook breaking news stories.

I hope no one missed the sad and despicable story coming out of Syracuse University.

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The news was released today, the NCAA has suspended Coach Boeheim for 9 games (next year during 2015-2016 season) and handed out further punishments for the numerous violations. These further punishments include taking away 12 scholarships, as well as forcing Syracuse to vacate 108 wins.

Earlier today, ESPN released an article which included that statement, “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.”

A decade, really?

So, what the hell was going on under Coach Boeheim’s watch?

The violations go back to 2001, and include failure to follow drug testing policy, academic misconduct, players receiving extra benefits, and illegal booster activity. The academic violations can be traced back to the very Director of Basketball Operations Jim Boeheim hand picked.

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Reportly, Syracuse self imposed 24 vacated wins. 24 ?! Really?!? Do you even have a Honor code, Syracuse? Way to show your student body how your feel about cheating, lying, and covering up for your athletes. The NCAA has vacated 108 wins, taking Coach Boeheim from 966 wins to 858. However, the 2003 Championship will not be touched. Interesting, since violations go back to 2001….

Syracuse, we know you love your sports, and specifically basketball. But these sanctions are a joke. I’m not naive. I know parents do not expect Coach Boeheim to teach their sons to be saints, but shouldn’t he teach them responsibility? Shouldn’t Coach Boeheim teach athletes, if you don’t go to class, or if you don’t’ do your work, or if you get caught numerous times failing a drug test, then you don’t play basketball? Is it really that hard?

No, it is not.

Syracuse, what do you stand for?

Enjoy sport responsibly!

 

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