Syracuse to Appeal Portion of NCAA Sanctions

Syracuse Athletics has announced it will appeal a portion of the NCAA sanctions against the basketball program.

Syracuse Athletics will appeal a portion of the NCAA sanctions against them, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced in a release Wednesday morning. The portion of the punishments that will be appealed include the vacation of wins and loss of scholarships.

”The University does not agree with all of the conclusions reached by the Committee on Infractions and does not agree that the full set of penalties imposed by the Committee are appropriate and equitable. We remain disturbed by the severity of certain penalties and the characterization by the NCAA of certain facts surrounding the case. After a full discussion with the Board of Trustees Athletics Committee, the University accepts some of the penalties imposed by the Committee, but will appeal the vacation of certain wins for the men’s basketball program and the reduction in men’s basketball scholarships.

”The decision to appeal is not taken lightly. However, based on the facts and a review of previous NCAA infractions decisions, the University believes the impact of these specific penalties is excessive and disproportionate. The University will also support Coach Boeheim should he choose to appeal the penalties that affect him personally.”

Syracuse faces the loss of 108 wins during over several seasons over the scope of the investigation, ranging from 2004 through 2012. The basketball program also loses 12 scholarships over four seasons, meaning they can only have 10 scholarship players on the roster over those for years. Because Syracuse already has players signed as part of the 2015 recruiting class, the scholarship reduction will start in the 2016-17 season.

After receiving Syracuse’s written appeal, the NCAA has 110 days to rule.

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