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The last few days have brought several developments in the sexual abuse allegations involving former SU basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine. Fine was fired Sunday night amid sexual allegations that involve Fine and young boys starting in the 1980s. Our Brad Vivacqua has the latest developments.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Bernie Fine may no longer be the men's associate basketball coach at SU, but it doesn't seem like his name is going away any time soon. There are questions that remain following recent developments over the past few days.

On Sunday, the university announced Fine had been fired in the wake of aired audio recordings on ESPN between one of the accusers, Bobby Davis, and Fine's wife. The network first published the allegations on November 17th, now with support from Mike Lang - Davis' step-brother – alleging that the two had been abused by Fine beginning in the 1980s.

SU basketball coach Jim Boeheim has remained firm that he knows nothing. Boeheim initially supported Fine, calling the allegations lies. He has since, through a statement, expressed regret for his initial remarks, admitting they may have been insensitive to the victims.

The Syracuse Police Department is expected to turn over its investigation to the Onondaga County DA's office Tuesday morning. The US Secret Service, under the direction of the US Attorney's Office, will now lead the investigation.

CNN had reported on Monday that Laurie Fine may comment on the recorded phone conversation Tuesday, but that remains a question.

There are also questions of whether or not Coach Boeheim's job is secure now that victim's advocates are calling for SU to fire the longtime coach. We do know that Coach Boeheim is expected to answer questions from the media following his team's game in the Carrier Dome against Eastern Michigan Tuesday night. ESPN is also reporting that Jim Boeheim has no intention of stepping down despite this ongoing investigation.

The US Department of Education says it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the firing of Fine, but they haven't said what they are looking in to.

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