Syracuse loses 12 scholarships, vacates 108 wins, on probation for violations
The NCAA on Friday announced penalties for Syracuse’s athletic programs for committing multiple violations, and the sanctions against the basketball program are particularly harsh.
The sanctions include losing 12 scholarships (three for each of the next four seasons); vacating 108 wins (from the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012 seasons); probation for five years; fines; limits of off-campus recruiters; and Jim Boeheim being suspended for nine ACC games next season.
Why is Syracuse being penalized? The NCAA found that from 2001-2009, Syracuse did not follow its written drug policy for violations. They also found academic misconduct, extra benefits and impermissible booster activity (you can read the NCAA report here).
You may recall that the school self-reported the academic violations in 2007 and then proactively self-imposed a postseason ban for the basketball team this year, which was awfully convenient given the status of the program this season.
The loss of wins drops Boeheim from 34 victories away from 1,000 all the way down to 858, which is sixth on the all-time list.
Below is a full look at the penalties imposed against the Cuse: