NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Five years, give or take a few?
The NCAA issued a statement Thursday clarifying the timing of Syracuse’s self-reporting of possible violations of its internal drug policy.
After the second-ranked Orange’s 58-55 victory over Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, coach Jim Boeheim was asked how long he had been aware of the alleged failure to adhere to the drug policy and possibly playing ineligible players over the past decade, which was reported by Yahoo Sports after a three-month investigation.
“This was reported five years ago, and we’re waiting for them to finish the process,” Boeheim said.
When asked again about the school self-reporting the violations five years ago, Boeheim answered, “Uh-huh.”
About three hours later the NCAA issued a statement clarifying the time frame.
“The NCAA enforcement staff received a self-report from Syracuse University on October 27, 2010,” the NCAA said, reinforcing what it said when the possible violations were first made public.
Syracuse will tip off against Cincinnati in the semifinals Friday night.
“This doesn’t bother our players, our team or me. None of this,” said Boeheim. “This is a media thing, period. If things were bothering us, we wouldn’t be 31-1.”
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