The NCAA announced Friday that Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim will be suspended for nine ACC games next season and the program will lose three scholarships each of the next four years for infractions that date back to 2001.

The punishment is the result of a lengthy probe that found the Syracuse basketball program and, to a lesser extent, the football program in violation of numerous NCAA rules from 2001-02 through 2011-12, including academic misconduct, extra benefits, impermissible booster activity and failure to adhere to the drug testing policy.

The report states that  “during the 10-year period of violations, the head basketball coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program and did not monitor the activities of those who reported to him as they related to academics and booster involvement.”

The case was reviewed by the Committee on Infractions and specifically noted its concerns of the lack of academic integrity.

“Improper institutional involvement and influence in a student’s academic work in order to gain or maintain eligibility is a violation of NCAA rules and a violation of the most fundamental core values of the NCAA and higher education,” the committee stated. “The behavior in this case, which placed the desire to achieve success on the basketball court over academic integrity, demonstrated clearly misplaced institutional priorities.”

In addition to Boeheim’s suspension and the loss of scholarships, the committee also handed out the following penalties:

  • Five years of probation from March 6, 2015 through March 5, 2020.
  • Vacation of all wins in which ineligible men’s basketball students played in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and ineligible football students played in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.
  • Fine of $500 per contest played by ineligible students.
  • Reduction in the number of permissible off-campus recruiters from four to two during June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017.

Last month, as a preemptive strike in hopes of softening the blow of the impending penalties, the school self-imposed a postseason ban for this season, which the panel also included.

The loss of 12 total scholarships will greatly inhibit the program’s ability to have success on the court, and Boeheim will be under scrutiny moving forward.

However, a silver lining for the program is that the basketball team’s 2003 national title will remain unaffected and none of the wins from that season will be vacated.

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