NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Syracuse is throwing the book at itself.
In a stunning announcement, the school said Wednesday it is issuing a postseason ban this season against its men’s basketball program for past infractions that are currently being investigated by the NCAA.
Simply put, you won’t see the Orange in the ACC Tournament, NCAA tournament or NIT this spring.
“I am very disappointed that our basketball team will miss the opportunity to play in the postseason this year,” coach Jim Boeheim said in a news release issued by the school. “However, I supported this decision and I believe the University is doing the right thing by acknowledging that past mistakes occurred. Our players have faced adversity and challenges before. I know they will rise to this challenge by keeping our program strong and continuing to make our University proud.”
According to the school, none of the conduct occurred after 2012, and it made a point in adding that none of the program’s current players are involved.
“In addition, beginning in 2007, the University took a series of actions to reform and strengthen existing policies and procedures, implement a series of best practices, and realign and improve a range of student-athlete support services,” Syracuse University said in a release.
Syracuse said it appeared before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in October 2014 and “has continued to cooperatively engage with the Committee,” adding the one-year postseason ban “is accompanied by other self-imposed penalties the University also instituted and which the NCAA Committee on Infractions will make public when it issues its final report.”
Syracuse men’s team is 15-7, including 6-3 in conference play. The Orange are coming off a 72-70 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday and will next play at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
“We are all tremendously disappointed that we are going to miss out on playing in the postseason based on issues that do not involve us,” players Rakeem Christmas, Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije said in a joint statement.
While the Orange have only eight scholarship players currently available to play due to injuries, Boeheim has the top recruiting class in his 39 years as head coach inked for next year and big things are expected as he nears 1,000 career victories. If the NCAA agrees a one-year postseason ban is sufficient, the new recruits won’t be affected.
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