Ryan Blackwell Comments on Sanctions

Former Syracuse forward gives his thoughts on Friday's ruling by the NCAA.

CuseNation.com reached out to some former Syracuse basketball players and received responses. The most notable came from forward Ryan Blackwell.

"It's very disappointing for all of us but we always support coach Boehiem no matter what," Blackwell said. "Although the blame falls on coaches, players/others involved also have to be held responsible and accountable for their actions as well. The head coach of any program can't oversee and know what's going on at all times. It's impossible. Syracuse will bounce back as they always do under Boeheim. He's the best at putting pieces together under any circumstances and he has a great coaching staff that will help make sure things stay on track.

"No (he should not be fired). He self reported everything years ago. He's done too much to build the program. He's still successful and if the NCAA did an eight year investigation into any program, I'm sure they'd be able to come up with similar things. Nine game ACC suspension and loss of 12 scholarships and 108 games plus $500 fine for each game. I think that's more than enough of a punishment."

Another former Syracuse forward, who was at Syracuse when some of the incidents noted in the NCAA report occurred, added his thoughts via Twitter.

"They literally vacated half my/Jim's wins when I was in school. Def pissed about this," Roberts tweeted. "I really do hope they plan on appealing this ruling. I attended SU from 03-07 and we were by the book the entire."

Roberts later called the Paul Finebaum show and said," that's like saying everything I did didn't matter. I was a model student."

Roberts added more thoughts on Twitter.

"You know what really hurts is that there are 12 kids out there that have lost the chance to attend college at a great university," he tweeted. "They can vacate wins but they can't vacate memories and video evidence."

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