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'Cuse faces drug probe

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University has self-reported possible violations of its internal drug policy and an NCAA inquiry is under way, according to school officials.

Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs for the university, said the inquiry does not involve current student-athletes.

In a report Monday, Yahoo Sports said a three-month investigation it conducted showed that the basketball program failed to adhere to the drug policy while playing ineligible players over the past decade.

The report said at least 10 players since 2001 tested positive for one or more banned recreational substances, and all were allowed to practice and play at times when they should have been suspended by the athletic department, including instances when some may not have known of their ineligibility.

The report did not identify who tested positive. Syracuse won its lone national championship in 2003.

Jim Boeheim, coach of the second-ranked Orange, was not available for comment.

Yahoo said it reviewed Syracuse's student-athlete drug policies dating to the 2000-01 school year. They detailed the athletic department's protocol for handling positive tests, including a penalty structure for a player's first, second and third offense.

AWARDS: North Carolina forward John Henson, the former Sickles standout, was named to the All-ACC first team. Florida State's Michael Snaer was on the second team. Frank Haith, in his first year at Missouri after seven with Miami, was named Big 12 coach of the year.

Conference tourneys

COLONIAL ATHLETIC: Darius Theus had a career-high 16 points and five steals and Troy Daniels made four free throws in the final 19 seconds, allowing VCU (28-6) to hang on and beat Drexel 59-56 in the championship game in Richmond, Va.

MAAC: Erik Etherly had 10 points and seven rebounds to lead Loyola-Maryland (24-8) into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994 with a 48-44 win over Fairfield Monday in the championship game in Springfield, Mass.

SOUTHERN: Clint Mann's dunk with 1:04 left in double-overtime put Davidson (26-7) ahead to stay in a 93-91 win over Western Carolina in the title game in Asheville, N.C.

WEST COAST: Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 to lead Saint Mary's (27-5) to a 78-74 overtime victory over No. 24 Gonzaga (25-6) in Las Vegas, its second tournament title in three years.

Women

BIG EAST: Natalie Novosel scored 18 and Kayla McBride 15 to help third-ranked Notre Dame (30-2) beat No. 25 West Virginia (23-9) 73-45 in the semifinals in Hartford, Conn. The Irish will face fourth-ranked Connecticut (28-4) in the finals at 7 tonight. The Huskies routed No. 13 St. John's (22-9) 74-43 behind Stefanie Dolson's 23 points.

ATLANTIC 10: Justine Raterman scored 13 and Dayton (23-6) rebounded after blowing a 22-point lead to beat No. 16 St. Bonaventure (29-3) 56-53 in Philadelphia to win the tournament championship.

MAAC: Corielle Yarde had 16 points to help Marist (25-7) beat Fairfield 61-35 in Springfield, Mass., to win the conference tournament for the seventh straight year.

SOUTHERN: Jazmine Powers had 14 points and seven rebounds as Samford (20-12) defeated Appalachian State 54-43 in the championship game in Asheville, N.C.

WEST COAST: Dani Peterson scored a career-high 18 and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Brigham Young (26-6) beat three-time defending champion Gonzaga 78-66 in Las Vegas for the tournament title.

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Dayton Atlantic 10

Fla. Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun

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'Cuse faces drug probe 03/05/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 12:08am]
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