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Boeheim done in 3 years

Jim Boeheim
Jim Boeheim
Published Mar. 19, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years and the university's athletic director has resigned, the school announced Wednesday following a scathing NCAA report that imposed sanctions for violations that lasted more than a decade.

Chancellor Kent Syverud said that Boeheim, a Hall of Famer and head coach for 39 years, decided to make the announcement to "bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years" and allow for a smooth transition.

Longtime assistant coach Mike Hopkins, is in line to succeed Boeheim. Athletic director Daryl Gross will take another marketing position with the school, and Pete Sala will serve as interim athletic director.

The violations involved academic misconduct, extra benefits and the university's drug-testing policy, according to a March 6 report by the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Boeheim, 70, is suspended for the first half of the next Atlantic Coast Conference season, a total of nine games. Syracuse will also have three scholarships taken away for four seasons and all wins vacated in which an ineligible player participated during five seasons between 2004 and 2012. The total wins removed from records could be as high as 108.

"Coach Jim Boeheim has been a mainstay at Syracuse University for more than one-third of our entire 144-year history," Syverud said. "He enrolled as a student here in 1962 and has never left. He has been the embodiment of Orange pride."

Boeheim has scheduled a news conference for this morning, the school said.

FORDHAM: Tom Pecora was fired after going 44-106 over five seasons. Athletic director David Roach said the program had not achieved the desired results or sustained the progress hoped for. The Rams were 10-21 this season, going 4-14 in the Atlantic 10.

MARQUETTE: Sophomore center Luke Fischer will have left shoulder surgery, and freshman guard Duane Wilson fractured his left wrist during last week's win over Seton Hall in the Big East tournament. Also, junior reserve Steve Taylor plans to transfer.

ST. JOHN'S (MINN.): Jim Smith plans to retire after 51 seasons as coach. Smith, 80, finishes with a record of 786-556 at the Division III school. He led St. John's to 17 postseason tournament appearances, most recently in 2007.

NIT: Visiting Arizona State knocked 2014 NCAA champion UConn out in the first round of the NIT with a 68-61 victory. Huskies senior guard Ryan Boatright missed the first game of his four-year career due to a left shoulder injury.