The NCAA is Investigating the Syracuse Men's Basketball Program

By Jason Priestas on March 20, 2013 at 4:04p
Jim Boeheim digs in for the kill shot.

Syracuse basketball may be in for a world of hurt, according to a report from CBS Sports:

Syracuse University basketball has been under NCAA investigation for a period of “years,” a source with knowledge of the case told

That source said the school 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 investigation also encompasses football but is believed to primarily involve basketball. Syracuse has been penalized only once by the NCAA in a major case according to the association's legislative database. That was in 1992 in a case that focused on extra benefits in the basketball program.

Last year, Yahoo! Sports published a report linking Syracuse to an NCAA investigation into the program's drug policy. This appears to be much bigger:

When asked to characterize how wide-ranging the probe might be, a source with knowledge of the case told “Throw a dart at the [NCAA] Manual [and you would hit a violation by Syracuse]."

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