Syracuse Point-Shaving Scandal: Is There Any Truth to the Rumors?
Syracuse Basketball Could Be In Trouble off the Court with Rumors of a Point-Shaving Scandal
Syracuse started the 2010-11 season strong. They were 18-0 and looked like one of the best teams in the country. Four games later the Orange are 18-4 and the team is scrambling for answers.
One interesting note to come from the current four-game losing streak is that there are now rumors of a point shaving scandal. The rumors were started on gambling website PocketFives.com, suggesting that some players on the team were shaving points. That post has since been removed, though, casting serious doubt on the legitimacy of the allegations.
The key player mentioned in the scandal was Scoop Jardine. He addressed the rumors on his Twitter page, which is always a smart idea. Among the tweets he posted was one that read, "I love the game itself to much would never jeopardize everything i work so hard for with something like that! I play this game for free!!"
There is no evidence right now to suggest that there is anything wrong going on. It just looks like a case of some angry Syracuse fans and/or detractors trying to find some reason for the team's sudden struggles. Still, it's a situation that is worth keeping an eye on as we move forward, especially if Syracuse keeps on losing games the way it has been lately.
Jim Boeheim is one of the best coaches in college basketball history, and he's one of the classiest as well. If he had any reason to believe that his players were doing anything detrimental to the team and the game, he would dismiss them immediately.
The story about the scandal, as reported on larrybrownsports.com, can be found here.
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