February 15, 2015 at 12:41 am • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

There has been a lot of discussion about the NCAA investigation into Syracuse basketball. The university decided to impose a postseason ban on itself as the investigation unfolded. Its not clear to me what the investigation is about and the details are not being fully released, but two things are clear: first, it is something from the past, meaning years ago. Secondly, it is related to academics or grading, but not on a large scale. This is the second investigation for Syracuse, one that years ago were related to the behavior of an alumni, who unknown to the university was giving gifts to recruits and players. I have always been a firm believer in punishment amongst sports for violations at the college and pro level for all sports. In fact, I have found my self most frustrated with the inconsistency and incompetence of the NFL under the ‘leadership’ of Roger Goodell as it relates to this issue. The NCAA had decided that the one year postseason ban is acceptable and has dropped the issue. Without any other details, I cannot say much about that, but I do hope that Jim Boeheim had nothing to do with what may or may not have happened. Its difficult in these cases because it is really hard to go back and punish a team (unless they won a national championship), but unfair to punish a current team for the past. I will say it was a smart move by Syracuse to suggest a post season ban in a year where they are not playing well. I am hoping it was more than that, to get the issue over with, to have integrity and take a punishment not knowing if one was going to be given. Either way, I accept it, though disappointed and continue to support my orange and look forward to next year a little more than usual.