Syracuse basketball earns back another scholarship after appeal

Back in March, the Syracuse men’s basketball team was hit with heavy sanctions after it was found that the program and coach Jim Boeheim had been committing a litany of violations going as far back as a decade.

Originally, the NCAA vacated 108 wins from the program due to the use of ineligible players and reduced their available scholarships by three until the 2018-19 season. On top of that, Boeheim had been suspended for the first nine games of this season.

These were some of the harshest penalties ever given out by the NCAA.

Of course, the university and Boeheim filed separate appeals with the goal of reducing the penalties, and today the NCAA ruled on their appeals.

According to Syracuse.com, the school was able to earn back one scholarship and only have to vacate 101 wins.

Breaking: Syracuse gets one scholarship back over next 4 years, still loses 101 wins. No ruling on Boeheim suspension.

— chris carlson (@ccarlsononSU) November 25, 2015

NCAA appeals committee says Infractions group "abused its discretion" with scholarship penalties. Not so with wins.

— chris carlson (@ccarlsononSU) November 25, 2015

Syracuse University released the following statement about the decision, via Syracuse.com:

“The appeal decision results in the reduction of a significant penalty,” Syracuse Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Kevin Quinn said in a statement. “We strongly believed the original scholarship penalty was too severe when compared to other infraction cases. Also, the scholarship reduction penalty directly impacts current and future student-athletes and their academic and athletic opportunities. We remain disappointed in the decision to vacate a significant amount of men’s basketball wins, a decision that was upheld.”

The appeals committee still has not ruled on Boeheim’s suspension.

Syracuse tips off in the Battle 4 Atlantis at 2:30 p.m. in the Bahamas this afternoon against Charlotte.

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