Syracuse Puts Basketball Assistant On Leave

Allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor has hit another major college.

Syracuse has placed Bernie Fine on administrative league while local police investigate new allegations involving the longtime men's basketball assistant coach. ESPN first reported the allegations of child molestation, saying Fine is accused of molesting a former Syracuse ball boy, who is now 39. The alleged victim told ESPN the abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.

The investigation comes nearly two weeks after Penn State was devastated by a child sex-abuse case in which former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is accused of sexual abuse involving eight boys over 15 years.

ESPN said it first investigated the accusations in 2003 but decided not to run the story because there was no independent evidence to corroborate the allegations. Recently, a second man contacted ESPN, alleging that Fine also molested him. That person said he decided to come forward after seeing the Penn State coverage.

Sgt. Tom Connellan tells the Syracuse Post-Standard that police received information on the case Thursday and "are in the early stages of an investigation."

Fine is in his 35th season as an assistant to Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym), who says the school thoroughly investigated the allegations in 2005 before determining they were unfounded.


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