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NCAA comes down hard on Jim Boeheim and Syracuse, but 2003 NCAA title is safe

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim The Associated Press

The NCAA came down hard on the Syracuse basketball team in a ruling announced Friday.

The NCAA said the infractions included academic misconduct, extra benefits and failure to follow its drug-testing program.

Among the penalties:

▪ Five years of probation from March 6, 2015 through March 5, 2020.

▪ Head coach Jim Boeheim will be suspended for the first nine conference games of 2015-16.

▪ A reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by three for the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. If the school has already executed scholarship offers for the 2015-16 year, the school may begin the four-year penalty with the 2016-17 year.

▪ Vacation of all wins in which ineligible men’s basketball students played in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and ineligible football students played in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. The public decision contains additional details.

Syracuse previously took itself out of postseason play this year as a self-imposed penalty.

The vacated wins total 108 and go back to 2004, which means Kansas won’t retroactively win the NCAA title. Syracuse beat the Jayhawks 81-78 in the 2003 national-title game.

Nonetheless, there was more than a little glee at Syracuse’s misfortune.

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