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.