Syracuse Puts Fine on Leave after Police Inquiry

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor says the school won’t turn a blind eye to child molesting allegations against longtime assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. The school placed Fine on administrative leave Thursday night “in light of the new allegations” and an investigation by the Syracuse City Police. ESPN said the accusations were made by two former ball boys. Cantor said in an email Friday morning to students, faculty and staff that “many wonder if university administrations are willing to turn a blind eye to wrongdoing that may disrupt a successful sports program.” She says she is not, and her fellow administrators are not going to do that, either. Cantor says Fine has “vehemently denied the allegations” and should be given a fair opportunity to defend himself. She also cautions against any rush to judgment until the investigation is complete.

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