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Hello! You may have found this page because you chose to Google “Syracuse” and “infractions”, as I presume you could very well be a HOT TAKE! style journalist looking to run down the Orange and the kids currently on the roster since they’ve made the Final Four, and you just can’t abide that. Well, I decided to make things easier for you, and provide a helpful rundown of what did, and did not, happen. You’re welcome!

What Did Happen

A decade long investigation unveiled an incident in 2012 in which Fab Melo, who was an international student and does not speak English as his first language, received “improper assistance” for his coursework. It was determined that ONE (1) paper of Fab Melo’s was resubmitted in an effort to raise his grades to keep him eligible. This was done after Syracuse had already suspended Fab Melo over his lack of eligibility for multiple games.

What Did Not Happen

The NCAA did not find any other instances of Syracuse illegally aiding student-athletes with their coursework.

What Did Happen

Syracuse’s academic/compliance figures for men’s basketball accessed player e-mail accounts in order to help the student-athletes receive and send their assignments during the season (a time in which student-athletes are regularly on the road for, sometimes, days at a time and generally lifting weights or at basketball practice or team meetings more or less from dawn until dusk).

What Did Not Happen

The NCAA found no evidence that any of the completed assignments that Syracuse’s compliance officers helped monitor from student-athletes was done by anyone other than the student-athletes themselves.

What Did Happen

Over the span of a decade, the NCAA determined that TWO (2) former men’s basketball student-athletes worked as interns at a YMCA in Oneida, New York, where they were among FIVE (5) student-athletes, in total, who received a combined $8,000 in compensation for working at the YMCA. The YMCA also paid TWO (2) athletic trainers from Syracuse to work at basketball clinics, and gave ONE (1) assistant coach a gym membership at the YMCA.

What Did Not Happen

Literally anything else.

What Did Happen

No, seriously, we’re done. That covers it. That’s the entire “scandal” that apparently deserved the vacation of 108 victories, 12 scholarships over four years (a number that has been reduced), a nine game suspension for Jim Boeheim, and assorted other recruiting limitations (including the number of assistant coaches who could be out on the road at any one time).

What Did Not Happen

Well, there weren’t any sex parties or prostitutes provided to recruits. And there weren’t well over 1,000 students (many of whom were student-athletes across several sports) embroiled in an academic scandal that lasted nearly two decades. How’s that coming, by the way, NCAA?

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I hope this has been helpful. Perhaps it will help guide you in your efforts to write your latest HOT TAKE on Jim Boeheim, Syracuse basketball, and the players currently headed to the Final Four, none of whom were ever involved in anything above. Enjoy your week!

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