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NCAA Hammers Syracuse With Scholarship Reductions, Vacated Wins, More

Update: Syracuse has issued an official response to the report, which you can read here. In short, the school does not agree with all of the actions taken against it. Syracuse also expressed frustration with the length of time the investigation took.

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Earlier: The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team won't have the opportunity to play in the 2015 NCAA Tournament later this month, after the school self-imposed a postseason ban because of an ongoing NCAA investigation into infractions committed over the past decade. Friday, we learned of the additional penalties levied against the school - they are quite significant.

The NCAA released its findings on Syracuse at Noon. The organization has deemed that Syracuse did not "control and monitor" its athletics programs, and that men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim "failed to monitor his program." From NCAA.com:

Penalties in this case, not including those self-imposed by the school, include five years of probation; financial penalties; reduction of three men’s basketball scholarships per year for four years; vacation of wins in which ineligible students participated; a nine conference game suspension for the head basketball coach; and men’s basketball recruiting restrictions for two years. Additionally, the panel accepted the school’s one-year postseason ban in men’s basketball it self-imposed after the NCAA hearing, among other measures outlined in the public decision.

Syracuse did avoid a postseason ban for 2016, however. Here's a list of Syracuse's penalties, via the NCAA.

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. The public decision contains additional details.
Fine of $500 per contest played by ineligible students.
• The school must return to the NCAA all funds it has received to date through the former Big East Conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Suspension of the head basketball coach from the first nine conference games of 2015-16.
Reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by three for the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. If the school has already executed scholarship offers for the 2015-16 year, the school may begin the four-year penalty with the 2016-17 year.
Reduction in the number of permissible off-campus recruiters from four to two during June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017.
• The panel also accepted the school’s self-imposed postseason ban for the 2014-15 season, but noted that self-imposition of penalties after the conclusion of infractions hearings does not influence the outcome.
Additional self-imposed penalties can be found in the public decision.

There is a conference to discuss the sanctions scheduled for 1:00 PM EST. We'll keep you updated on the situation.