Report: NCAA will allow Syracuse to count 3 scholarships this year toward penalty

Major news regarding Syracuse's NCAA sanctions. Details inside:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program caught a break on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a report from's Mike Waters, the NCAA has notified Syracuse University officials that SU can begin serving it's scholarship penalties this year. 

The penalty, which was originally twelve scholarships over the next four seasons, was reduced in December, stripping the Orange just two scholarships per year for the next four years. 

Because the Orange are currently under the NCAA's normal scholarship limit, the University can apply all three of those scholarships towards the penalty, according to Waters' report. 

After the three scholarships lost this season, the Orange will lose five over the next three seasons: two in the 2016-17 academic year, two in the 2017-18 academic year and one in the 2018-19 academic year. 

Tyus Battle and Matthew Moyer have already signed their 2016 National Letter of Intents, which remain safe.

As of right now, Syracuse has 10 scholarship players for next season, meaning this won't affect SU's recruitment of 2016 big-man Taurean Thompson. If the Orange land Thompson, he will put SU at the maximum 11 scholarship players.

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