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Syracuse Fires Assistant Coach Bernie Fine in Wake of Sex Assault Investigation

NEW YORK - MARCH 12:  Assistant coach Bernie Fine of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the sidelines during their game against the Connecticut Huskies during the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2016

According to multiple reports, including the New York Times and ESPN.com, Syracuse University has fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine amid multiple sexual assault allegations. 

Three men have made allegations that Fine sexually assaulted them when they were children, leading to a subsequent investigation. 

Things seemed to come to a head today when a recorded phone conversation between Fine's wife. Laurie, and former ball boy Bobby Davis was released today by ESPN. The phone call was originally made in 2002. In the conversation, Laurie Fine seemed to incriminate her husband when she mentioned, "I know everything that went on, you know. I know everything that went on with him. Bernie has issues, maybe that he's not aware of, but he has issues, and you trusted somebody." The conversation comes to a close with Laurie Fine saying, "He thinks he's above the law."

The reaction, coupled with the investigation and this newly released conversation, seemed to lead to Fine's firing this evening.

Fine's career at Syracuse ends after 35-plus seasons, and he was well respected within the college basketball and Syracuse University communities.

The Fine allegations are the second set of sexual assault allegations within two months, the first involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was indicted on 40 counts of sexual assault, among other charges, alleging he assaulted eight boys from 1994 to 2009. This investigation led to the Penn State Board of Trustees firing legendary head coach Joe Paterno. 

Paterno is college football's all-time wins leader.

 

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