Syracuse has had quite a tumultous year, what with the Bernie Fine case exploding, law suits popping up over said case, and the announcement of the move to the ACC. Toss in a drug scandal and it's a full year for anyone.
Helped by a superb season, coach Jim Boeheim has floated above the Fine scandal despite saying some fairly stupid things.Â This could be quite different: if the charges hold up, then the NCAA may decide to invoke the "Willful Violators," which means the statute-of-limitations is no longer in effect.
They could also pursue a "lack of institutional control."
Former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese says "Syracuse has been at the heart of Big East basketball...I have watched Jim Boeheim coach, and I canât even comprehend Jim coaching in the A.C.C. Itâs like a foreign thought. To be honest with you, my fondest hope is Iâd love to see Syracuse win the national championship and Jim get the heck out because I hope he never coaches a game in that league."
One scandal can be overcome; two is dicier. We'll see what happens. Tranghese might get his wish, but not the way he's hoping.