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Syracuse Basketball Wins Back 1 Scholarship Per Year On Appeal Of NCAA Penalties

In March, the NCAA hit the Syracuse basketball program and head coach Jim Boeheim with an extremely harsh set of penalties after a string of violations going back as far as a decade. Syracuse and Boeheim filed separate appeals in an attempt to reduce some of the penalties, which rank among the most harsh ever doled out by the organization, and today the NCAA ruled on the school's appeal. According to, SU basketball's scholarship sanction, originally three per year from 2015-16 to 2018-19, is reduced by one per year.

">November 25, 2015

">November 25, 2015

The loss of what was originally thought to be 108 wins due to games with ineligible players, has been upheld, but the final count is 101 wins taken away from the program. Syracuse released a statement about the decision, via

"The appeal decision results in the reduction of a significant penalty," Syracuse Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Kevin Quinn said in a statement. "We strongly believed the original scholarship penalty was too severe when compared to other infraction cases. Also, the scholarship reduction penalty directly impacts current and future student-athletes and their academic and athletic opportunities. We remain disappointed in the decision to vacate a significant amount of men's basketball wins, a decision that was upheld."

Jim Boeheim's appeal of his nine game suspension has not yet been ruled on. We will update as more comes out about this decision. Syracuse basketball tips off in the Battle 4 Atlantis at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon against Charlotte.