The news of Bernie Fine's firing comes as a shock to many SU fans, as allegations mount against the longtime assistant basketball coach. Our Brad Vivacqua has the latest from outside the Melo Center.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The SU campus is buzzing in the wake of the university's decision to fire Bernie Fine. Fine has been a staple of the men's basketball program for more than three decades.
When the news of Fine's termination broke Sunday night, we spoke to students to hear some of their reaction. Most students tell us they are disturbed by the news and many agree it was a move the university had to make.
The news of Fine's termination traveled quickly on campus. Students began talking about the developments on social media sites including Twitter and Facebook, and the University was also quick to post updates about the move.
SU head coach Jim Boeheim released a statement a short time after Fine’s termination was made public:
“The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.”
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- In addition to the allegations by Davis and his step-brother, a third accuser has come forward in the case. Zach Tomaselli, 23, now says Fine molested him in a Pittsburgh hotel when he was 13-years-old, the night before a Syracuse game against Pitt.
"I was in the hotel room and he would put his hand down my shorts whenever I was sitting there watching TV uh, and he would basically fondle me four to maybe even five times. And it would go in spurts of 10 to 15 minutes and it would stop for a couple hours and then he would start that all over again," said Tomaselli.
Tomaselli's claims have been challenged by his own father, who says he's lying about the encounter and says he never let his son take a trip with the coach. Tomaselli is also currently facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.