The NCAA has ruled on their multi-year investigation into Syracuse athletics on Friday, and has handed out their punishment to the basketball program.
The punishments are a result of what the NCAA has deemed violations Over the course of eight years dating back to 2001. The complete document given to Syracuse by the NCAA with the results of their investigation can be found in the link at the bottom of the page.
"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 NCAA report said. "Syracuse discovered and self-reported 10 violations in this case, which primarily involved men’s basketball but also football.
"The self-reported violations, dating back to 2001, include academic misconduct, extra benefits, the failure to follow its drug testing policy and impermissible booster activity. The other violations found included impermissible academic assistance and services, the head basketball coach’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff, and the school’s lack of control over its athletics program.
"Penalties in this case, not including those self-imposed by the school, include five years of probation; financial penalties; reduction of three men’s basketball scholarships per year for four years; vacation of wins in which ineligible students participated; a nine conference game suspension for the head basketball coach; and men’s basketball recruiting restrictions for two years. Additionally, the panel accepted the school’s one-year postseason ban in men’s basketball it self-imposed after the NCAA hearing, among other measures outlined in the public decision."
The announcement comes after an investigation into Syracuse athletics over several years. There was a hearing in late October, which gave Syracuse a chance to plead their case. That hearing lasted two days, but the NCAA did not hear enough to leave the basketball program unpunished.
The infractions include academic misconduct within the football program from 2005-2007, basketball program in 2012, inappropriate student-athlete relationships with a booster stemming from the YMCA situation and failure of the basketball program to adhere to its own drug policy.
Here is a list of the punishments issued by the NCAA:
- Five years of probation from March 6, 2015 through March 5, 2020.
- Vacation of all wins in which ineligible men’s basketball students played in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and ineligible football students played in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.
- Total wins vacated by Jim Boeheim are 108, dropping him to 6th on the all-time wins list. It is also the most vacated wins ever as a result of an NCAA investigation.
- Fine of $500 per contest played by ineligible students.
- The school must return to the NCAA all funds it has received to date through the former Big East Conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
- Suspension of the head basketball coach from the first nine conference games of 2015-16.
- Reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by three for the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. If the school has already executed scholarship offers for the 2015-16 year, the school may begin the four-year penalty with the 2016-17 year.
- Reduction in the number of permissible off-campus recruiters from four to two during June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017.
- The panel also accepted the school’s self-imposed postseason ban for the 2014-15 season, but noted that self-imposition of penalties after the conclusion of infractions hearings does not influence the outcome.
Friday's announcement comes 126 days after the hearing and brings a conclusion to the cloud hanging over the program. If also comes one month after the Orange self-imposed a postseason ban for this season.
Syracuse has responded to the NCAA ruling, disagreeing with some of their findings. You can read their response HERE.