Syracuse, NY – Exactly one week after Penn State's football team played a game with controversy swirling around the program, the Syracuse men's basketball team took the floor Saturday facing a similar situation.
The fifth-ranked Orange put the drama behind them and rolled to a 92-47 victory over the Colgate Raiders.
Long-time Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine was accused this week of molesting two former ball boys. Fine, who is in his 35th season at the university, was placed on administrative leave Thursday night. Syracuse police are in the early stages of an investigation of Fine.
Fine has vehemently denied the allegations. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim came to his long-time assistant's defense Thursday with the following statement.
"This matter was fully investigated by the University in 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded. I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would be involved in any of the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support."