Report: Syracuse officials invited to NCAA hearing on potential violations

Friday October 17th, 2014

Syracuse officials have been invited to a hearing in front of the NCAA's Committee of Infractions at the end of this month, reports

The hearing stems from a multi-year investigation into the school's athletic department and signals that the investigation is complete.

The full scope of the investigation isn't known. But according to the report, in an upcoming book, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim references an ongoing NCAA investigation related to alleged academic misconduct involving former player Fab Melo.

Melo, who left the team in 2012 for the NBA draft, was suspended in the 2011-12 season due to academic violations. After working to make himself eligible, he was declared ineligible again before the 2012 NCAA tournament and did not play.

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Former Syracuse forward James Southerland was suspended in the 2012-13 season, which was reportedly a result of the NCAA's investigation into the program's academic records.

No Syracuse officials have publicly discussed the upcoming hearing, and it isn't known who will attend.

When asked on Thursday whether he would be attending the hearing, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim walked away from a reporter. Athletic director Daryl Gross also declined to comment on if he would attend.

"As my usual practice, and as you know, I don't comment on NCAA matters," Gross said via text message.

An NCAA spokesperson said most disciplinary cases are resolved within 30-60 days after a hearing, but that the process can go on longer due to appeals. The fact a hearing is occurring means the investigation involves at least one Level I or Level II violation.

The investigation was initially revealed to Syracuse in March 2013. The NCAA had already been investigating the school for more than a year.

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Boeheim, 69, is entering his 39th season as Syracuse's coach. The Orange went 28-6 last season and lost in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament. Syracuse opens the 2014-15 season Nov. 14 against Kennesaw State.

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