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.
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