NCAA's Syracuse Probe: Recruiting Impact

After already self imposing a post season ban, the NCAA hit Syracuse with stiff punishments from a recruiting standpoint.

On Friday, the NCAA released their findings from their investigation of Syracuse’s basketball program.

Here’s an excerpt of the report, which you can find here:

Over the course of a decade, Syracuse University did not control and monitor its athletics programs, and its head men’s basketball coach failed to monitor his program, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

The punishments sent down from the NCAA include a five year probation period, vacated wins, a nine game suspension for Jim Boeheim, a total of 12 docked scholarships and a reduced number of college coaches on the road.

How will this affect Syracuse from a recruiting standpoint?

The obvious recruiting impact centers around the cut scholarships. According to the report, Syracuse will lose three scholarships a year “for the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.” The report notes that if the scholarships are accounted for during the 2015-16 year that they can start the reduction in 2016-2017.

This is a significant hit from a recruiting standpoint. Syracuse currently has 10 players on scholarship. Rakeem Christmas will graduate, but they have signed four players in their 2015 class, which gives them the allowed 13 scholarships.

Syracuse already holds a pledge from 2016 prospect Matt Moyer. Syracuse currently has three junior players on scholarship.

The other punishment that will impact Syracuse’s recruiting is the reduction of off campus recruiters. The NCAA allows up to four college coaches on the road at the same time. Syracuse will only be allowed to from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2017. This will make things particularly tough during the April and July evaluation periods when coaches have a limited amount of time to be multiple events across the country.

Syracuse's Chancellor, Kent Syverud, released a statement following the NCAA's report. The statement included self imposted penalties that include docking themselves of a scholarship in the 2015-16 season, as well as eliminating a off campus recruiter for 2015-16. The statement says Syracuse "disagrees with certain findings" and is debating an appeal.

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