Syracuse self-imposes a I year postseason ban
Syracuse University current men’s basketball team will not participate in the ACC tournament or any postseason games after the institution issued a self-imposed ban. This comes after an investigation by NCAAinto past transgressions.
“The university has taken this matter seriously and worked with the NCAA for nearly eight years to investigate and address potential rules violations,” Kent Syverud, Syracuse Chancellor said in a statement. “The process has been exhaustive. We have taken responsibility for past violations and worked hard to ensure they are not repeated.”
Coach Jim Boeheim says he is disappointed by this move but he is in support this decision. ''I believe the university is doing the right thing by acknowledging that past mistakes occurred,'' Boeheim said.Syracuse won 2003 national championships and made it to final four in 2013.
The university has a pending case with the governing body for college sports, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Investigations go back to several years ago, when the institution self-reported possible violation relating to breaching of their school drug policy by former team members in 2007. Syracuse had allowed the players to practice and participate in tournaments despite the violations. The school is awaiting its findings and penalties from NCAA after a hearing with the Committee last October.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford said ''We are fully supportive of Syracuse and its decision to self-impose sanctions by removing themselves from any men's basketball postseason opportunities.''The most affected by the ban are seniors like the team captain Rakeem Christmas, who will miss their last chance to play in college postseason and tournaments like NIT. If NCAA agrees to the ban, new recruits will not be affected.