Syracuse Basketball Has Reportedly Been Under Investigation for Multiple Years

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2013

Syracuse, one of the most successful programs in college basketball, is currently under investigation by the NCAA and could be in some serious trouble.

According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the upstate New York school has "been under NCAA investigation for a period of years," although "the specific nature of the alleged violations was not disclosed."

NCAA spokesperson Emily Potter could not confirm the investigation, saying only, "We can't comment on current, pending or potential legislation."

It is hard to speculate about the potential issues being looked at, but the Orange have been the center of various off-court problems for the past couple of years. 

The 2011-12 season featured an ugly start when allegations of sexual abuse against longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine first surfaced. Federal authorities eventually dropped the case after a yearlong investigation.

However, distractions piled up for that team when starting center Fab Melo was suspended for the NCAA tournament due to academic reasons. The Orange ended up losing in the Elite Eight to Ohio State.

This year once again featured some missed time by a key player, as James Southerland was forced to sit out six games in the middle of the season due to a suspension by the NCAA.

According to Mike Waters of The Post-Standard, the forward was ineligible due to receiving impermissible benefits. Waters also stated in January that an NCAA investigation of the school's academic records led to the suspension.

Dodd seems to believe that this investigation by the governing body of college sports will not end well for Syracuse. He quoted a source that said, "Throw a dart at the [NCAA] Manual [and you would hit a violation by Syracuse]."

Jim Boeheim's squad is currently preparing for the NCAA tournament and its round of 64 game against Montana.

However, these issues may become a big problem in the future for Syracuse.