Syracuse Police have confirmed to CNY Central they are in the very early stages of an investigation into allegations made against Syracuse University associate men's basketball coach Bernie Fine.
Thursday night, Syracuse University placed the long time assistant coach on adminstrative leave in light of the new allegations in the investigation. Chancellor Nancy Cantor told Athletic Director Daryl Gross to place Fine on administrative leave.
Coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN Thursday night:
"I know this kid, but I never saw him in any rooms or anything," Boeheim told ESPN. "It is a bunch of a thousand lies that he has told. You don't think it is a little funny that his cousin (relative) is coming forward?
"He supplied four names to the university that would corroborate his story. None of them did ... there is only one side to this story. He is lying."
CNY Central went to Bernie Fine's house and knocked on the door to get his side of the story. We were told to leave the property by the person who came to the door. Fine has hosted fashion shows at his house to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.
Police would not elaborate on what those allegations are, but ESPN.com is reporting that those allegations involve molesting two former team ball boys. Syracuse Police say the information came to the department Thursday.
According to ESPN.com, the alleged abuse started in the mid-1980s and lasted for more than a dozen years. One of the alleged victims, now 39-year-old Bobby Davis, told ESPN's Outside the Lines that he was entering the seventh grade at the time it started. The other alleged victim to have come forward is Davis' stepbrother, 45-year-old Mike Lang.
Davis told ESPN Fine allegedly molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis told ESPN the alleged abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.
Lang, who also was a ball boy, told ESPN that Fine molested him starting while he was in fifth or sixth grade.
Syracuse Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan says their investigation is in the early stages. ESPN and The Syracuse Post-Standard conducted their own investigations back in 2003 and say they could not find enough evidence back then to publish any stories.
Boeheim released a statement through the SU Athletics Department Thursday night, saying: "This matter was fully investigated by the university in 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded. I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would (have) been involved in any of the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support."
CNY Central has put in several calls to Syracuse University Athletics. So far, no calls have been returned.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)