Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Orange assistant accused

Syracuse placed associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave Thursday night after a former ball boy for the team told ESPN that he was molested by Fine.

Syracuse police are investigating the allegations in which Bobby Davis, 39, said that Fine molested him "hundreds of times" beginning in 1983.

"We're in the early stages of an investigation," police spokesman Tom Connellan said. "We take these matters extremely seriously … but the allegations are old."

ESPN said another man — a relative of Davis — made similar allegations. It is unknown if police are investigating that claim. Davis told ESPN that the alleged abuse occurred at Fine's home, in the Syracuse basketball facilities and on team trips. Davis told ESPN that he reported the alleged abuse to Syracuse police in 2003 but was told that the statue of limitations had run out.

In a statement, the university said that "an adult male" came to them in 2005 and the university started a four-month investigation that turned up no evidence of wrongdoing. The statement said that Fine "vehemently denied the allegations." Fine is in his 35th season as an assistant to coach Jim Boeheim.

"I've known Bernie Fine for 45 years, and there's absolutely no way that I believe any of this could possibly have happened," Boeheim said.

ESPN and the Syracuse Post-Standard investigated Davis' claims in 2003 and could not confirm his claims.

No. 4 UConn 80, Maine 60: Alex Oriakhi had 16 points and eight rebounds for the host Huskies (3-0).

no. 16 alabama 62, mD. 42: Tony Mitchell scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and had 11 rebounds to lead the Tide (3-0) in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan. The Terrapins (1-1) shot 13 of 49, 2-for-12 on 3-pointers.

Miss. St. 69, No. 19 Texas A&M 60: Dee Bost scored 20 as the Bulldogs (3-1) beat the Aggies (2-1) in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer event in New York.

NO. 17 MICHIGAN 59, WESTERN ILLINOIS 55: Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 for the host Wolverines (3-0).

NO. 24 MISSOURI 83, NIAGARA 52: Marcus Denmon scored 22 to lead five players in double figures, and the Tigers (3-0) rode a hot-shooting first half to an easy win.

Louisville: Point guard Peyton Siva, whom coach Rick Pitino considers his best player, has a severely sprained left ankle and is doubtful for Saturday's game at Butler.

Orange assistant accused 11/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Times wires.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jones: Koetter-Winston exchange highlights latest 'Hard Knocks'

    Bucs

    There are certain things that make HBO's Hard Knocks must-see television.

    Jameis Winston, left, has an exchange with Dirk Koetter that highlights Hard Knocks.
  2. Trevor Plouffe is DFA'd by Rays, Kittredge recalled for now

    Blogs

    INF Trevor Plouffe didn't do much with the opportunity the Rays gave him, and time ran out Tuesday when he was designated for assignment after the game.

    Plouffe hit just .178, with one homer and two RBIs, in 31 games for the Rays, his primary playing time from starting at first or third against lefties.

  3. Rays journal: Offense shows signs of waking up in win over Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The drought was so severe that it's still probably too soon to say the Rays are out of it, but scoring a half-dozen runs in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays was another promising sign.

    Corey Dickerson high-fives Wilson Ramos after hitting a solo home run in the third inning, putting the Rays up 2-1.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    C Wilson Ramos, coming off right knee surgery, often takes it easy on the bases, though it's not always a good look. But he hustled when he needed to Tuesday and got the Rays a run by beating out a two-out infield single, finishing with three more hits.

  5. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.