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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Nearly two weeks after allegations of child sex abuse surfaced at Penn State, longtime Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been put on administrative leave following an investigation into allegations of child molestation.

ESPN is reporting that long time assistant Bernie Fine is under investigation for molesting a ball boy back in the '80s.

Syracuse Police confirm they are in the early stages of an investigation, but are not releasing any other information.

Earlier this evening, ESPN reported Bobby Davis, 39, had come forward with allegations against Fine.

In an article, ESPN said Davis told them the abuse started in 1983 and that it went on for more than a dozen years. Davis told ESPN he decided to tell his story after seeing the coverage of the Jerry Sandusky case.

Syracuse Police said Davis went to ESPN with the claims of abuse before going to police.

The University announced Fine was being put on leave just after 8:30 Thursday evening.

In a statement from SU's Public Affairs office, Kevin Quinn said the University was first contacted about this case in 2005:

"On hearing of the allegations in 2005, the University immediately launched its own comprehensive investigation.”

He goes on to say, "All of those identified by the complainant denied any knowledge of wrongful conduct by the associate coach."

Quinn also says Bernie Fine vehemently denied the allegations.

The statement continues, saying:

“Syracuse University takes any allegation of this sort extremely seriously and has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. If any evidence or corroboration of the allegations had surfaced, we would have terminated the associate coach and reported it to the police immediately."

The university said it will do whatever it can to cooperate with police as the investigation gets underway.

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