Academics Come First

Syracuse recently self imposed sanctions on their basketball program which would keep them out of any post season tournaments. Today the NCAA released its report and sanctions on the Syracuse athletic program over the past decade.

The report stated that Syracuse had failed to monitor its program and had committed multiple academic violations. The violations also include not following its drug testing policy. The university admitted to not following this protocol. Syracuse has been punished by losing 12 scholarships over the next four years as well as vacating 108 wins that included players who were academically ineligible. The NCAA also has requested that any revenues gained from the team during NCAA tournaments be repaid.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has also been suspended for nine games. Before the sanctions were handed down Boeheim was 34 wins from joining Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000 win club. Now he is at 858 wins.

The NCAA said “The behavior in this case, which placed the desire to achieve success on the basketball court over academic integrity, demonstrated clearly misplaced institutional priorities.”

Syracuse abandoned the what the NCAA aims to achieve. The NCAA aims to promote athletics and scholarship. Syracuse will need to build its academic program for student athletes in order to avoid further sanctions.

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