Syracuse issues statements on Fine investigation

ESPN reported Thursday that police were investigating an

assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University on allegations of

child molestation. Shortly afterward, Syracuse placed longtime

assistant coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave.

Both the school and men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim issued

statements Thursday night.

Boeheim:

”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 been involved in any of

the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected anything, I would

have taken action. Bernie has my full support.”

Kevin Quinn, Syracuse’s senior vice president for public

affairs:

”In 2005, Syracuse University was contacted by an adult male

who told us that he had reported to the Syracuse City Police that

he had been subjected to inappropriate contact by an associate

men’s basketball coach. The alleged activity took place in the

1980’s and 1990’s. We were informed by the complainant that the

Syracuse City Police had declined to pursue the matter because the

statute of limitations had expired.

”On hearing of the allegations in 2005, the University

immediately launched its own comprehensive investigation through

its legal counsel. That nearly four-month long investigation

included a number of interviews with people the complainant said

would support his claims. All of those identified by the

complainant denied any knowledge of wrongful conduct by the

associate coach. The associate coach also vehemently denied the

allegations.

”Syracuse University takes any allegation of this sort

extremely seriously and has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind.

If any evidence or corroboration of the allegations had surfaced,

we would have terminated the associated coach and reported it to

the police immediately. We understand that the Syracuse City Police

has now reopened the case, and Syracuse University will cooperate

fully. We are steadfastly committed ensuring that SU remains a safe

place for every member of our campus community.”