Jim Boeheim: I had no involvement with underlying violations of this case

first_img Related Stories ESPN’s Jay Bilas on Jim Boeheim’s suspension: ‘It doesn’t make any sense’Storify: Social media reacts to NCAA’s decision on Jim Boeheim’s appealRead the full NCAA report on Jim Boeheim’s appealMike Hopkins will coach his 1st game ever on Saturday against GeorgetownSyracuse University statement on NCAA’s denial of Jim Boeheim’s 9-game suspension appeal Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim responded to the NCAA’s ruling on his appeal that will start his nine-game suspension immediately.Here’s what he said in a statement through SU Athletics:“Today, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee rightfully determined that the NCAA Committee on Infractions abused its discretion in imposing a nine conference-game suspension based upon my alleged violation of the Head Coach Responsibility Bylaw. “The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee agreed that the NCAA Committee on Infractions ignored the fact that I had no involvement in any of the underlying violations in this case, and that I did not acquiesce in any of those underlying violations, in imposing its unprecedented suspension.  The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee also agreed that this case was in sharp contrast to cases where head coaches were directly involved in a number of underlying violations, including unethical conduct violations, recruiting violations, and violations of the NCAA legislation regarding extra benefits.  At the same time, however, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee decided to immediately impose a nine-game suspension, which is longer than any of the suspensions imposed in those cases. “Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee’s decision, and in particular, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee giving us only two days to make this transition, when the appeal was argued weeks ago.  However, I have full faith in the ability of Coach Hopkins, my staff, and our seniors to lead the Men’s Basketball Program through this difficult time, and I look forward to returning to the bench on January 9 against the University of North Carolina.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I am considering my options moving forward and will have no further comment regarding this matter at this time.”Syracuse faces Georgetown on the road on Saturday afternoon. Mike Hopkins will be the interim head coach for the next nine games. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img

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