SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- As reported earlier on Tuesday afternoon, the NCAA has cut the Syracuse Orange men's basketball program some slack. Surprising, I know.
Roughly a year ago, the NCAA stripped the men's basketball program of twelve scholarships over a four-year period. Syracuse University appealed, and won, meaning the reduction was reduced to two scholarships each year over the next four seasons, equalling eight total.
The NCAA is allowing Syracuse to begin their 4-year scholarship reduction this season, meaning their three open scholarships will be applied to the penalty. After the 2015-16 season, SU will forfeit five scholarships over the next three seasons, instead of eight.
Here's a visual breakdown of scholarship players for the next four seasons, plus how many openings the Orange have for future recruits:
|Cooney - SR (RS)||Coleman - SR (RS)||Joseph - SR||Chukwu - SR (RS)|
|Gbinije - SR (RS)||Obokoh - SR||Chukwu - JR (RS)||Howard - SR|
|Coleman - JR (RS)||Roberson - SR||Howard - JR||Lydon - SR|
|Obokoh - JR||Joseph - JR||Lydon - JR||Richardson - SR|
|Roberson - JR||Chukwu - SO (RS)||Richardson - JR||Battle - JR|
|Joseph - SO||Howard - SO||Battle - SO||Moyer - JR|
|Chukwu - SO (RS)||Lydon - SO||Moyer - SO||OPEN|
|Howard - FR||Richardson - SO||OPEN||OPEN|
|Lydon - FR||Battle - FR||OPEN||OPEN|
|Richardson - FR||Moyer - FR||OPEN||OPEN|
The Orange have a full roster for the current season, 2015-16, with 0 scholarships remaining. For the 2016-17 season, Syracuse will forfeit two scholarships, but will still have one avaliable, potentially for four-star center Taurean Thompson. In the 2017-18 season, Syracuse will forfeit two scholarships again, but they will have four open scholarships for recruits. In the 2018-19 season, the final year of the reductions, Syracuse will forfeit one scholarship and will have six avaliable.
All of these numbers are subject to change due to transfers, early NBA Draft entrées, etc.