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While the Syracuse Orange celebrates its big win over Indiana on Thursday night, a high-profile former coach is opening a legal battle in attempt to clear his name.
In November 2011, ESPN published a damning story focusing on then-Syracuse head coach Bernie Fine, reporting the claims of two former ball boys — Bobby Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang — saying that Fine sexually abused them over a period of more than a decade beginning in the late ’70s. Although a Syracuse internal investigation ended in Fine’s dismissal, police couldn’t prosecute due to lack of evidence and the expiration of the statue of limitations. Complicating the case were the apparently false claims of two others making similar accusations against Fine.
Now, Fine is firing back in court.
According to multiple reports, Fine is suing ESPN for defamation, saying that they published the story recklessly, and knowingly overlooked holes in their reporting. The original story was printed during the height of the Jerr...
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A former media director for Syracuse University's athletics department has admitted secretly videotaping football players and other male athletes in locker rooms.
Roger Springfield pleaded guilty Thursday in a Syracuse court to a single count of unlawful surveillance. The 57-year-old former sportscaster for a Syracuse television station was originally charged in January with...
The 4th-seeded Syracuse Orange upended the top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers by a score of 61-50 on Thursday night, smothering Indiana’s offense with its vaunted 2-3 zone implemented by head coach Jim Boeheim and executed nearly flawlessly by the team.
Syracuse now have moved on to the East Regional Final, where the Orange will take on No. 3 seed Marquette on Saturday night. Hopefully...
During Syracuse's upset win last night over Indiana in the 2013 NCAA tournament, CBS cameras caught one Orangemen fan wearing a mask of head coach Jim Boeheim.
Let me warn ahead of schedule that this one is pretty creepy:
(Courtesy of Lost Letterman via The Big Lead)
Jim Boeheim and Syracuse topped Marquette to advance to the 2013 Final Four, but what made it even sweeter was winning on Georgetown's home court.
Just before the Big East tourney, The Fizz penned a piece encouraging Orange Nation to ignore the critics. There were a few reasons to believe in Syracuse despite the uninspiring finish to the regular season.
One of those was the prospect of getting the mojo back at Madison Square Garden. Brandon Triche and co. found a new life in NYC, and have carried that into the NCAA’s...
On Thursday, the AP broke a story that former Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine has filed a defamation lawsuit against ESPN.
The wording here is interesting:
"Fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has filed the initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys' claims that the longtime coach sexually...
THE MODERATOR: We are joined by Syracuse. We have student athletes, James Southerland, Brandon Triche, Michael Carter Williams, C.J. Fair, and Rakeem Christmas along with Coach Jim Boeheim. We will take questions for our student athletes. After an opening statement from Coach Jim Boeheim.
COACH BOEHEIM: We are happy to be here. We realize we have a huge challenge against Marquette,
As Syracuse basketball dances into the Sweet 16 against the Hoosiers, some may have been distracted that spring practice is underway for SU football. The Orange carries momentum into Manley Field House with a tremendous win in the Pinstripe Bowl and the construction of a solid 2013 recruiting class.
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