Syracuse University is under NCAA investigation, according to a report on
A source allegedly tells
that the University "has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA. The specific nature of the alleged violations was not disclosed by the source but the transgressions were described as both major and wide-ranging in nature."
The alleged investigation is focused on the menâ??s basketball team but also includes the football program.
"As we said last year at this time, we are collaborating with the NCAA as part of an ongoing inquiry. Given this process is ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time," said Kevin Quinn, Syracuse senior vice president for public affairs.
On Wednesday night, Quinn also added, "I can tell you that despite an inaccurate media report earlier today, the NCAA has confirmed to us that they are not investigating the 2007 case or anything related to it. That matter was adjudicated and resolved through both the grand jury and student judicial processes five years ago."
SU head basketball coach Jim Boeheim was asked about the report at an NCAA Tournament press conference Wednesday night and brushed off the questions. "It's the same story they had last year at this time. I guess that's the annual... I guess next year we'll get it again," said Boeheim.
reports that alleged "ongoing investigation has apparently grown larger in scope."
This is not the first time the SU basketball program has been investigated recently for alleged off the court activities.
CBSSports.com reports that the investigation is not related to the sexual abuse allegations made
against Bernie Fine
last year. Fine was
fired by the University
after the sex abuse allegations surfaced. Fine was not charged.
alleged that SU had been violating its own drug policy for years by letting players practice and play after testing positive for drugs. SU released a statement saying a possible issue with drug testing was reported to the NCAA.
Sophomore center Fab Melo was suspended twice for academic
ineligibility last March
. His second suspension was on the eve of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
This past December, Michael Carter-Williams was reportedly detained and accused of shoplifting.
In January, senior forward
James Southerland suspended
for six games for academic issues related to a term paper.
Roger Springfield, ex-SU Athletics media director, was arraigned in January on accusations that he surreptitiously recording SU athletes in menâ??s locker room. He has not been charged at this time.
The Orange take on the Montana Grizzlies in their first game of the Tournament on Thursday night at 10:00 p.m.