There was an empty seat on the Syracuse Sideline today as the men's basketball team took on Colgate. Thursday, Assistant Coach Bernie Fine was suspended amid allegations that he sexually molested two ball boys back in the 1980s. The press conference following today's game was the first time Head Coach Jim Boeheim had spoken on camera on the issue. Our Erin Clarke joins us from outside the Dome with more on what Boeheim had to say.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There was an empty seat on the Syracuse sideline Saturday as the
men's basketball team took on Colgate.
SU beat the Raiders 92 to 47, but the most anticipated part of the day was Coach Boeheim's postgame press conference.
It was the first time Boeheim stood in front of cameras and addressed the allegations made against Assistant Coach Bernie Fine.
Boeheim said the coaching staff is going to focus on the players, and he is confident the team and the program will come out of this fine.
Boeheim said, “I’ve said everything I needed to say, and probably more than most people would like me to say, but I am very confident that I have taken the right stance, said the right things, and now we will let this thing play out."
Fine was placed on Administrative leave Thursday after allegations were made that he sexually molested two ball boys back in the 80's.
This allegation first arose in 2003 when the accuser went to the media and police. Two years later, Syracuse University was informed and conducted their own investigation, but could not find anyone who corroborated the accuser's story.
SU has reopened its investigation into the allegations, and Syracuse Police are conducting their own review.