Thursday and Friday are setting up to be important days for the Syracuse basketball program, with their meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis taking place. What course of action the NCAA ultimately decides to take in regards to Syracuse’s case will be learned at the end of those meetings, with the committee using the hearings and evidence acquired through its investigation to recommend possible sanctions.
Wednesday it was learned that one of the members of the Committee on Infractions, former Georgia Tech and College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins, has recused himself from the case due to his relationship with Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. Cremins discussed the situation at ACC Media Day.
“Jimmy and I are good friends,” said Cremins, who was attending the ACC’s media day here on Wednesday. “I had to immediately recuse myself.”
Cremins said it’s not unusual to have to recuse himself from an infractions case.
“One of the problems for me is I do know a lot of the coaches,” he said. “Most of my cases have been about other sports.”
The NCAA draws on a pool of 18 people to fill its Committee on Infractions. In most cases, the committee consists of six members. Cremins is the National Association of Basketball Coaches representative on the infractions committee.
As Cremins noted in the quote above this isn’t the first time he’s taken such a measure. In addition to the cases involving college coaches he may have prior relationships with, Cremins also recused himself from a case involving Georgia’s swimming program earlier this year. Cremins’ decision to recuse himself from that case came as a result of his sharing a mutual friend with Georgia swim coach Jack Bauerle.
Of course, there’s also the matter of the heated Georgia/Georgia Tech rivalry, which likely influenced Georgia’s request to have Cremins recused (their request came after Cremins’ request).