As the years go by, more and more collegiate program are crumbling and facing embarrassment amid NCAA controversy. Syracuse is finding this out today. The NCAA has suspended men’s head basketball coach Jim Boeheim for nine games, taking away 12 scholarships and are vacating 108 wins.
Syracuse’s infractions, which were self-reported, date back to 2001 and are as follows:
The NCAA said that the violations, which were self-reported by Syracuse and dated back to 2001, included academic misconduct, extra benefits, failure to follow its drug-testing policy, and impermissible booster activity.
Other violations included impermissible academic assistance and services, Boeheim’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff, and the school’s lack of control over its athletics program.
The sanctions do not impact the 2003 National Championship. This is the most wins a program has had to vacate and Boeheim, who was just 34 wins away from joining Coach K in the 1000-win club, is now dropped to 858 wins which is good for sixth most overall.
The notion of vacating wins is still a tough one to comprehend, even though it’s been going on since forever. On its face, vacating something that actually took place, in the face of something that had nothing to do directly with wins and losses, is a flawed concept. But the NCAA needs to send a message somehow, I guess.