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Boeheim silent as critics get louder

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim ran a closed practice Monday as sex abuse victims' advocates questioned whether he should still coach the Orange after the firing of longtime assistant Bernie Fine, who has been accused of molestation by three men.

As criticism swirled about Boeheim's initial support of Fine and his attacks on the accusers, the coach kept a low profile, seeking refuge in his office on the second floor of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.

Boeheim softened his stance 10 days after an impassioned defense of Fine, who spent 35 seasons on the bench next to Boeheim and was fired Sunday.

The Rev. Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery, a group that supports victims of sexual abuse, said the dismissal of Fine was appropriate but didn't go far enough.

"I think Jim Boeheim should be fired or resign as well," Hoatson said Monday. "These boys were members of the basketball program. Jim Boeheim's responsibility is to oversee that program, and the children were not safe on his watch."

Two former Syracuse ball boys were the first to accuse Fine, who has called the allegations "patently false." And a third man came forward last week, accusing Fine of molesting him nine years ago.

Bobby Davis, now 39, told ESPN that Fine molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. His stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who also was a ball boy, told ESPN that Fine began molesting him while he was in fifth or sixth grade.

Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, said Sunday he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.

As supporters of victims of sex abuse called for Boeheim to be fired, university trustees were largely silent. "I don't have anything to say about this," said trustee H. Douglas Barclay, who earned his law degree from Syracuse in 1961 and was a New York state senator for 20 years.

MINNESOTA: Power forward Trevor Mbakwe, the team's top scorer and rebounder, will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

AP POLL: Florida State dropped out from 22nd and Arizona from 23rd. UNLV moved in at 18th, and No. 23 Saint Louis entered for the first time since 1993-94. Kentucky moved to No. 1.

Top 25

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 79, LONG BEACH ST. 66: Chris Smith 18 points for the Cardinals (6-0), who scored the first eight and never trailed to win their 14th straight at the KFC Yum! Center.

NO. 8 MEMPHIS 70, JACKSON ST. 45: Joe Jackson had 15 points, Chris Crawford added 14 and the host Tigers (3-2) overcame a lackluster first half.

NO. 16 MARQUETTE 88, JU 56: Jae Crowder a season-high 27 points, and Darius Johnson-Odom scored 11 of his 19 in the first half for the Golden Eagles (6-0) to help steady a shaky offense.

NO. 12 XAVIER 82, NO. 18 VANDY 70, OT: Tu Holloway scored 10 of his 24 in overtime, and the visiting Musketeers (5-0) rallied from 10 down to beat the Commodores (5-2).

Women

USF 77, STETSON 62: Jasmine Wynne led four players in double figures with 22 points to lead the Bulls (5-3), who blew it open with an 11-0 second-half run and set a season high for points.

3-POINT MARK: Florida Gulf Coast tied a Division I record by making 21 3-pointers in a 106-27 win over visiting Webber International.

AP POLL: Wisconsin-Green Bay, Delaware and Vanderbilt entered the poll in the final three spots. Virginia, UCLA and LSU fell out. Baylor remained No. 1.

Boeheim silent as critics get louder 11/28/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 28, 2011 10:40pm]
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