Syracuse Forward James Southerland's Suspension Related to NCAA Investigation

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Syracuse Forward James Southerland's Suspension Related to NCAA Investigation
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The current suspension of Syracuse University basketball player James Southerland is the result of an NCAA investigation into the SU basketball program’s academic records, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation. Southerland, a 6-foot-8 senior forward and the Orange's third-leading scorer, was declared ineligible prior to Syracuse’s game against Villanova last Saturday. About an hour before tip-off, Syracuse University officials announced Southerland’s status, describing the reason as “an eligibility matter” and citing federal student privacy laws...

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