Syracuse violated own drug-testing policy

3/5/12 in NCAABB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Syracuse basketball is ranked No. 2 in the country, is primed to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and looks like a National Championship contender. However, it is an off-the-court report that is going to dominate the headlines in Syracuse this week.

According to Yahoo!'s Charles Robinson--the same man who broke the University of Miami recruiting story--and Pat Forde, the Syracuse men's basketball team repeatedly violated its internal drug policy by allowing players that tested positive for recreational drugs to practice and play. This reportedly happened on at least 10 occasions since 2001. One player reportedly played after four failed drug tests. 

The Orange reportedly violated its own drug policy by failing to properly count positive test and by playing ineligible players. 

One former player reportedly told Yahoo! that the NCAA questioned him about the drug issues at Syracuse. The NCAA might be investigating Syracuse as a "Willful Violator," which would mean that there is no four-year statute of limitations on sanctions against the school. Hall-of-Fame head coach Jim Boeheim declined to comment in the story. 

It is unclear whether this will impact that 30-1 Orange or the team's 2002-03 National Championship.

It has been a great season on the court for Syracuse, but a tumultuous one off of it. Top assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired after he became the subject of an investigation as to whether he sexually molested a former Orange ball boy and his brother. 

Make sure to head over to Yahoo! and read the entire thing. 
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