January 16, 2012 |
A PRISON INMATE who was one of four men to accuse former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse has admitted that he made up his claim. Floyd VanHooser, wrote in a letter that he lied to police and in December interviews with the Associated Press and the Post-Standard newspaper of Syracuse. He said he wanted to get back at Fine because the coach did not hire a lawyer to help VanHooser fight a criminal conviction. Fine had helped raise the 56-year-old VanHooser after his parents died.
December 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Two men who say they were molested by an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University have sued the school and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim for defamation. Former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang say they were molested by assistant coach Bernie Fine, who has since been fired and has denied the allegations. A third man also has accused the 65-year-old Fine, who had been Jim Boeheim's top assistant since 1976. The U.S. attorney's office is investigating.
November 30, 2011 |
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse University chancellor Nancy Cantor gave men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim a vote of confidence Tuesday amid an investigation of child molestation allegations against his former longtime assistant coach. Cantor emerged from an economic development conference with state officials and said: "Coach Boeheim is our coach. " Some commentators and sex-abuse victims' advocates had said Boeheim should resign or be fired after three men, including two former Syracuse ball boys, accused former assistant coach Bernie Fine of molesting them and Boeheim verbally attacked the accusers.
November 29, 2011 |
THE WIFE of fired Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine will make a statement today challenging the implications of a tape recording of a 2002 telephone conversation with her husband's accuser that appears to show she knew of alleged sexual abuse of boys, her nephew said yesterday. "She'll even say that's her voice," nephew Matt Govendo said, but she will allege that sections of the tape "are all tampered with. " Fine's initial accuser, former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis, 39, denied that the tape had been altered.
November 28, 2011 |
BERNIE FINE was fired yesterday by Syracuse University after a third man accused the assistant basketball coach of molesting him 9 years ago. "At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement. Fine, 65, was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I. Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, said yesterday that he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.
November 10, 2012
Federal authorities have dropped their investigation into one of the sex-abuse claims that cost a Syracuse assistant basketball coach his job. After a probe spanning nearly a year, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Friday there was not enough evidence to support a claim that Bernie Fine had molested a boy in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002. It's unclear whether Fine, 66, could get his job back. The investigation erupted in the glare of a spotlight on child abuse shone by the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, which broke shortly beforehand.
March 28, 1987 |
Syracuse center Rony Seikaly, in a show of non-solidarity on the eve of the NCAA semifinals, said he probably would not be playing for the Orangemen if Jim Boeheim's assistant, Bernie Fine, were not there. Boeheim and Seikaly have been staging a running verbal battle all season, so much so that Seikaly (a junior) has thought about passing up his senior year and declaring for the NBA draft. "Thank God Bernie is here with me," Seikaly said. "I wouldn't still be at Syracuse without him. He's the one who always tries to relax the situation.
March 22, 2013 |
SYRACUSE has been under investigation for possible NCAA violations, mostly in its basketball program, for at least a year, according to two media reports. CBS Sports.com, citing an unidentified source, reported Wednesday that the school has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA. The Post-Standard reported NCAA investigators have been conducting interviews with Syracuse employees and former employees. The newspaper said the investigation includes the handling of former player Fab Melo's academic eligibility.
January 30, 1996 |
John Wallace has always been able to do this. He just waited until his senior year to prove it. The things Wallace did last night for Syracuse - stealing crosscourt passes from his power forward position, hitting three-pointers in the faces of taller defenders, leading the fastbreak - lay dormant for three years while guards Adrian Autry, Lawrence Moten and Michael Lloyd managed the offense. In last night's 72-69 overtime loss to Villanova, the 6-8, 225-pound Wallace scored 31 points, two shy of his career high.