Syracuse Orange Basketball: Why We Are NOT Penn State with Bernie Fine Scandal

Andrew PreglerContributor IIINovember 18, 2011

18 Mar 2001:  Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim looks dejected on the bench late in the game against Kansas during NCAA Championship midwest second-round game at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Kansas won the game 87-58. DIGITAL IMAGE (Allsport/Tom Pidgeon)
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On the morning after a night where news broke that Syracuse Assistant Basketball Coach Bernie Fine allegedly molested former ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, comparisons between Penn State's scandal have already come to the minds of many.

What everyone must realize is that while both of these scandals involve allegations of deplorable actions taking place at team facilities under well run programs with hall of fame coaches, the similarities stop there for now. 

There is no 23-page grand jury testimony indicting Fine of these charges. As of now, the investigation is still ongoing and according to ESPN's Mark Schwarz, Lang was just taken in for questioning last night. All of these are still nothing more than allegations, with Fine guilty of no crime. 

Unlike Penn State's administration, Syracuse had already investigated this matter when it was originally brought to their attention. Kevin Quinn's statement on behalf of the entire University states that their four-month investigation which yielded nothing. 

Furthermore, Syracuse's administration has decided to confront this issue at the forefront, with Nancy Cantor's letter to the students that is available here

Perhaps the main difference is the attitude of the coaches shown in the media. Joe Paterno was kept quiet by his University the day he was supposed to give a press conference. Syracuse has allowed Jim Boeheim to speak out and he has used this opportunity to definitively show us where he stands.

Boeheim's statement on the University website says that he has given "his full support" to coach Fine and stands by the 2005 investigation.

His statements to ESPN were far more frank.

With his usual Boeheim tact, the Syracuse coach believes that Davis is "lying," and the strongest line being: "I believe they saw what happened at Penn State and they are using ESPN to get money." 

While what has happened at Penn State and what has allegedly happened at Syracuse are both disgusting acts, the two stories are drastically different. Jerry Sandusky is in jail awaiting trail while Fine is on administrative leave, awaiting to see where this investigation goes. 

Regardless, a dark cloud is going to hover over Syracuse much like it is at Penn State. Hopefully, when the investigation is complete, we will know nothing less than the whole truth. 

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