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SU Chancellor defends handling of Bernie Fine sex abuse allegations

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In an editorial letter to USA Today, Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor defends the university's handling of the allegations against former associate basketball coach Bernie Fine. YNN's Erin Clarke joined us to tell us more about what Cantor had to say and the latest in the investigation.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- In an editorial letter to USA Today, Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor defends the university's handling of the allegations against former associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine. In the letter, Cantor says the university did not have knowledge of the audio recording between Bobby Davis and Fine's wife Laurie until ESPN aired it on Sunday.

Cantor says the school interviewed Bobby Davis when they learned of the allegations in 2005. She says they also interviewed people he said would support his claims, but none of them did. Had the school had the audio tape in 2005, Cantor says the school would have handed it over to the authorities and would have fired Fine on the spot.

Cantor admits that there are things the school could have done differently, but says the school did not go to the DA because in the school's experience, the DA and the police are synonymous.

The school fired Fine Sunday night, hours after the tape surfaced.

Since then, federal officials have search Bernie Fine's home as well as his office and locker. Federal prosecutors have not said what they found there, but did remove three large file cabinets from his home. In all, three men have come forward saying Fine molested them as children. Fine has denied the allegations.

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