It’s been a busy week for Jim Boeheim, but not in the usual sense for the Syracuse men’s basketball coach in March.
Rather than playing in the NCAA tournment, Boeheim and Syracuse have come under scrutiny and sanctions from the NCAA for violations that have occurred for over ten years.
In a press conference today, Boeheim said he will indeed appeal the sanctions.
“Although the infractions report does not find that I had personal involvement in any violations of NCAA rules, the Committee on Infractions has asserted that for the past 10 years, I did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within the men’s basketball program, and I did not monitor the activities regarding compliance of those within the program,” Boeheim read from his statement.
“This could not be further from the truth. This is far from a program where student-athletes freely committed academic fraud. I believe the penalty is unduly harsh.”
Some of the violations include the changing of grades for student-athletes and referencing players to boosters who offered money and other benefits.
Boeheim has said he will retire after three more seasons.