Syracuse puts Fine on leave after police inquiry

ESPN is reporting that two former Syracuse University ball boys

say they were molested for years by an assistant basketball coach

at the school.

Syracuse has placed longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine on

administrative leave “in light of the new allegations and the

Syracuse City Police investigation,” the school said.

Bobby Davis, now 39, tells ESPN that Fine molested him beginning

in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around

27. A ball boy for six years, Davis tells ESPN the alleged abuse

occurred at Fine’s home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on

team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.

Davis’ stepbrother, Mike Lang, also tells ESPN that Fine

molested him starting when he was in fifth or sixth grade. Lang,

now 45, also was a ball boy.

Syracuse police say they are investigating allegations of child

molestation and that the inquiry is in the early stages.