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NCAA upholds suspension of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim

The NCAA upheld the nine-game suspension of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim on Thursday.

The NCAA upheld the nine-game suspension of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim on Thursday.

Boeheim, who is in his 40th season at the helm of Syracuse’s program, was suspended by the NCAA in March after an NCAA investigation found he had committed violations dating back to 2001. The violations included extra benefits, academic misconduct, impermissible booster activity and failure to follow NCAA drug testing policy. Boeheim later appealed his suspension.

In addition to the suspension, the program was forced to give up eight scholarships over four years. Syracuse was also placed on probation for five years, from March 2015 to March 2020. The program was also forced to vacate all 108 wins in which ineligible players played from 2004–2012.

Syracuse was not forced to vacate its 2003 national championship.

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Syracuse opted for a self-imposed postseason ban last season while awaiting the results of an NCAA Committee on Infractions investigation.

Boeheim, who plans to retire in three years or less and has missed just three games since 1976, must begin serving his suspension immediately. He will now miss six non-conference games and three ACC matchups, starting with Syracuse’s contest against Georgetown on Saturday.

Under the regulations of the suspension, Boeheim is not allowed to have any contact with his team until Jan. 9, when he is set to return to the sideline against UNC.

Syracuse is 6–1 so far this season.