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NCAA Rules On Jim Boeheim Appeal, Moves Up 9 Game Suspension To Begin Saturday vs. Georgetown

Just over a week after it gave Syracuse basketball back one scholarship per year upon appeal of its penalties, the NCAA has ruled on head coach Jim Boeheim's personal appeal. Boeheim is still suspended for nine games, but that penalty will begin this weekend when the Orange travel to face rival Georgetown, rather than at the start of the ACC season. The NCAA announced the decision on its website.

">December 3, 2015

">December 3, 2015

Syracuse senior vice president for Public Affairs Kevin Quinn released this statement, following the news.

“Today, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee issued its decision in response to Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim’s appeal of the sanction imposed on him on March 6, 2015. Coach Boeheim submitted his appeal on March 20, 2015.

“The Appeals Committee determined that the NCAA Committee on Infractions ‘abused its discretion’ by directing the suspension be served during conference play, because Coach Boeheim was not directly involved in the underlying violations of the case. The Appeals Committee determined the nine-game suspension may apply to non-conference games and be served immediately.

“The University is pleased the Appeals Committee recognized that the initial sanction imposed on Coach Boeheim was too harsh. Nevertheless, we supported Coach Boeheim’s argument made during his hearing that any nine game suspension would be too severe based on previous cases, and his lack of involvement in the underlying conduct, which the Appeals Committee recognized.

“As Chancellor Syverud said in March, Coach Boeheim has been a mainstay at Syracuse University for more than one-third of our 144-year history. As we now move forward as a University, we join Coach Boeheim in his continued focus on ensuring our student-athletes receive the best possible education and achieve their highest potential in the classroom and on the court.”

From a basketball perspective, Syracuse and its fans are probably not thrilled with the nine games being upheld, but the shift is definitiely beneficial for the Orange. Instead of missing games against North Carolina, at Duke, at Virginia, and Notre Dame, among others, Boeheim will miss the following games:

12/5/15: at Georgetown
12/8/15: vs. Colgate
12/13/15: at St. John's
12/19/15: vs. Cornell
12/22/15: vs. Montana State
12/27/15: vs. Texas Southern 
12/30/15: at Pittsburgh
1/2/16: at Miami
1/5/16: vs. Clemson

Mike Hopkins, who will succeed Boeheim as head coach once he retires, will get a nine game audition in Boeheim's absence.