The NCAA finally announced the penalties for its long running investigation into the Syracuse basketball program, taking away 12 scholarships and handing Jim Boeheim a nine-game suspension.
That is a very stiff penalty and the university disagreed with some of the findings, which led to this very odd passage about the length of the investigation in chancellor Kent Syverud's response.
The entire process has taken close to eight years and involved a review of conduct dating back to 2001. By comparison, the investigation into the fixing of the 1919 World Series took two months and the 2007 investigation of steroid use in baseball took 21 months.
What precisely does Jim Boeheim have to do with the 1919 Black Sox scandal? Also, it is probably not a good idea to compare your school's basketball program to a team that fixed the World Series, and the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in the MLB.
- Brendan Maloy