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Report: NCAA investigating Syracuse men's basketball for major violations

The Syracuse men's basketball program, coached by Jim Boeheim, reportedly is under NCAA investigation. (Elsa/Getty Images) The Syracuse men's basketball program, coached by Jim Boeheim, is reportedly under NCAA investigation. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Syracuse University men's basketball program has been under NCAA investigation for a period of “years,” a source with knowledge of the case said in a CBSSports.com report.

The source said the school has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA. The source also described the violations as both major and wide-ranging.

The investigation also includes the Syracuse football program, but is believed to primarily focus on basketball.

The NCAA would not confirm the investigation, according to CBSSports.com.

Syracuse acknowledged an ongoing NCAA inquiry into possible violations of its drug policy a year ago, as reported by Yahoo! Sports. But that initial investigation has apparently expanded its 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]."
According to the report, the current NCAA case is not related to allegations made against former assistant coach Bernie Fine or a federal investigation of sexual abuse claims dropped in November.

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