In a tidy, upscale village 10 miles east of Syracuse University, a dozen or so vans, cars and satellite trucks were parked outside assistant Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine's house on Friday. The sun was now setting, cameramen waiting in the chill since morning, on the street between Fine's house and the sprawling house of head coach Jim Boeheim just across the way.
Those cameramen were waiting for the answer on all of our minds: Was it true? Did Fine, who has been an assistant under Boeheim for 35 years, really molest two of the team's ball boys starting in the 1970s and ending in the 1990s, as a Thursday report on ESPN alleged? Will another legendary coach at a big-time college program be brought down by allegations of sexual abuse, as we sit barely a week removed from the stomach-turning charges against Jerry Sandusky bringing down Joe Paterno at Penn State?
Is the nightmare happening all over again?
Inside Fine's house, the lights were off. A sign next to the ...