Among the noteworthy excerpts from Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim’s new book, “Bleeding Orange,” was his mentioning of the fact that the school was currently being investigated by the NCAA. Of course he couldn’t go into great detail regarding the issues that led to the investigation, with the NCAA still conducting its business on the matter.
Apparently the NCAA has taken the next step in the investigation, with the Syracuse Post-Standard reporting Friday that the NCAA has invited school officials to a meeting with its Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis at the end of the month. Per the report multiple issues have arisen in recent years regarding the Syracuse program, including the academic eligibility of former center Fab Melo.
Boeheim wrote the following in his book about that particular situation, according to the Post-Standard’s report:
“We suspended him for three games,” Boeheim wrote. “After that, we were under the impression that he could appeal and do some academic work to get himself eligible. He did that work. But then there arose a question about how he had gotten eligible, and he was declared ineligible again, right before the NCAA tournament. The issue is extremely complicated, and at any rate I can’t really go into it because it is part of an ongoing NCAA investigation.”
The NCAA sent the school an official letter of inquiry back in March 2013, as reported at the time by Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com. As for the scope of the investigation, Dodd wrote the following:
The ongoing investigation has apparently grown larger in scope. When asked to characterize how wide-ranging the probe might be, a source with knowledge of the case told CBSSports.com: “Throw a dart at the [NCAA] Manual [and you would hit a violation by Syracuse].”
A year prior to the NCAA notifying the school of its investigation, a report from Yahoo Sports brought up allegations of the program failing “to adhere to its internal drug policy while playing ineligible players.” According to the Post-Standard, neither Boeheim nor athletic director Daryl Gross commented on the status of the NCAA investigation.