#1 - When Did the NCAA Know?
The NCAA says ineligible played games in the years 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12. My math’s a little rusty. But 2004 was 11 years ago, 2005 was ten years ago. 2006 was nine years ago.
So, when did the NCAA realize that ineligible players played those years?
If the answer is Gosh-darnit we just found out, then ... you, NCAA, are guilty of lack of organizational control. Okay, you’re guilty of ineptitude.
If you knew 6-7-8 years ago, then what were you waiting for all these years?
#2 - This Year’s Players Were Thrown Under the Bus
The players on this year’s team had nothing to do with those offenses. Yet, Coach Boeheim in an effort to appease the NCAA threw them under the bus by saying they would forfeit the opportunity to play in any postseason tournaments. Innocent players. In effect, he suspended them for the tournaments and they had nothing to do with these infractions. It was a pre-emptive strike and it struck only the players on this year's team.
And the NCAA and Syracuse University let him. Matter of fact the ACC did, too.
Maybe it was the NCAA's plan to bait and switch him. But they ended up baiting and switching innocent players. Shame on you all, Coach Boeheim and his University and the NCAA.
#3 - Coach Boeheim’s Response.
... I acknowledge that violations occurred within the Men's Basketball Program, and as the Head Coach of the Program, I take those violations very seriously.
"That being said, I am disappointed with many of the findings and conclusions as stated in the Infractions Report. The Committee chose to ignore the efforts which I have undertaken over the past 37 years to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the Men's Basketball Program.
Really? That reads like he's claiming he's the victim, that no one appreciated his efforts to promote an atmosphere of compliance.
You're saying your job is to promote atmosphere of compliance? Does that include burning incense and playing sounds of falling rain in the background?
Sorry, Coach. Your job is to comply with the rules. Your job as coach is to insure everyone associated with the program complies with those rules. Wedding organizers create an atmosphere. Rave party organizers create an atmosphere. Basketball coaches comply with the NCAA rules about recruiting and player eligibility. You get paid a lot of money to do that, too, as well as win games.
He goes on to blame, I’m not kidding you, the rogue and secretive actions of a former employee of the local YMCA and my former Director of Basketball Operations.
WTH? You’re blaming ... the YMCA? You’re blaming an employee, claiming that employee was ... secretive? Your job is to know what that employee is doing. Period.
Imagine a CEO saying Yeah, that employee ... kinda secretive. Oh wait, they do. Bankers do that when their traders lose billions in bad trades. Oh yeah, and they call that employee a rogue trader.
Last but not least, Coach Boeheim said it all, everything he hadn’t said to date, when he failed to appear for the post-game press conference after the loss to NCSU on their final game of the season.