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The talk around Syracuse continues to be what's in store for SU basketball coach Jim Boeheim as the investigation into his longtime assistant Bernie Fine moves forward. Federal authorities are now handling the case, investigating not just the sex abuse allegations of two former Syracuse University ball boys, but the accusations of at least one other alleged victim. Kat De Maria has more.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- "I don't think you have to be an SU fan or not an SU fan to follow this story," said Cicero resident Bo Monday.

You certainly don't, as the eyes and reporters of the nation showed as they focused on Syracuse to see how Head Coach Jim Boeheim would handle his post-game press conference Tuesday.

Boeheim received standing ovations at the game. After, he reiterated why he initially spoke out against the alleged victims of associate coach Bernie Fine and why he changed his position.

“I thought he did a good job explaining himself, the comments he made a week ago supporting Bernie Fine as a friend and the relationship they've had over the past 36 years coaching and as teammates and classmates," Monday said.

Boeheim, sharing more than Syracuse Police have in the two weeks since their investigation into Fine started, explained that ball boys, like alleged victims Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, do not travel with the team, although friends and family can travel personally with employees, in an unofficial capacity.

The coach downplayed his influence off the court.

"My assistants work for me. And I have absolute say over everything they do in the basketball program. What they do outside the program, I have very little if any control over adults," Boeheim said.

"I think the way he runs his program, he's not in charge of every single aspect. He's like the head coach. So he's not like responsible for every single person in that way," said SU senior Nedal Darwish.

On the Syracuse University Hill, no surprise, support seems to be behind Boeheim.
Outside, calls for his resignation and comparisons to Penn State are being made, even though the investigation so far has not shown Boeheim knew or suspected anything inappropriate Fine may have been doing.

"I don't think they're comparing apples and apples here. You can't compare what came out with Sandusky to Coach Fine. You can't compare Coach Paterno, what happened to him, what he knew at the time, with Coach Boeheim," Monday said.

"I don't see any reason why he should leave. There's no reason why," said Darwish.

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