Syracuse basketball coach fired amid sex abuse investigation
November 27th, 2011
08:29 PM ET

Syracuse basketball coach fired amid sex abuse investigation

Syracuse University has fired Bernie Fine as an assistant men's basketball coach, a school spokesman announced Sunday night, hours after new reports arose regarding his alleged sexual abuse of boys.

"At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," Kevin Quinn said in a statement, referring to Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

Fine was placed on administrative leave earlier this month, after former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis and his stepbrother, Mike Lang, accused him of molesting them.

Police opened an investigation on the matter on November 17, Syracuse police Sgt. Tom Connellan said.

The Syracuse-based Post-Standard newspaper and ESPN both reported Sunday the existence of a recording of a 2002 phone conversation that they said Davis had recorded between him and the coach's wife.

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  1. Portland tony

    "Another one bites the dust". Sadly, what possesses these men who do these alleged atrocities to young boys. "There aught to be a law!" A Lynch law?

    November 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sbc

    Love you all its a great life isnt it? More people need to get envovlved, and put a stop to this kind of stuff

    November 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Toad

    Love you all to . Cant stand ksl in nor cal,,,,, i just want her to feel what she did to other peoples lifes everybody wears out there welome

    November 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Wth is going on?

    November 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. True

    Toad, Yet we all know they eventually get found out. Lmao

    November 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)

    Damn what are they doing here ? Looks like there having a pervert coach of the week contest.

    November 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    There are many fine coaches out there, but if this keeps up, people's perception of coaches will be the same as RC Priests.

    An unfair label, but there you go.

    November 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. True

    Quetion, who is bc(iah)

    November 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©


    bobcat (in a hat)

    November 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)

    The One And Only Original.
    And he's kinda crazy sometimes too.

    November 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CMJ

    I consider ESPN as co conspirators of this case. There is no escuse that because they didn't heard from another persons account they didn't call police and turned the tapes to them. On top of that the spokesperson said it is not their duty to inform police about a crime. As a reporter, it is!!!!, As a human, it is!!!!!!!! ESPN you better think twice and release an apology not only to the victim but the viewers.

    November 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    As a decent human being, it should be every person's duty to report a crime!
    Precisely how these peds can get away with their crimes for so long...

    November 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)

    I know, once there seems to be a pattern shown, it seems like it just snowballs to engulf everyone. It's not right, but the wary eye starts floating everywhere.

    November 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee Fong Lumberyard ( R - OHIO ) "Tow Straps from $14.99"

    The targets? Any coach and/or any assistant coach of any sport of any league. Nobody can blame the Fuller Brush man, for having s_x with your wife, so ardent America now is attempting to can middle management for anything and everything playing the "s_x card".

    November 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      May I just add Lee..they need to stand clear of our peek-a-poo. She'll bite thier ding-dongs clear off.

      November 28, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    That pee-a-poo sounds like a feisty little 'un!
    Wife doing okay?

    November 28, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      She's feeling a little out of it today banasy. She's sleeping good right now. I'm keeping a close eye on her vitals.

      November 28, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
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