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National media spotlight on Syracuse for two reasons

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The national media attention focused on Syracuse for a number of reasons Friday night. Aside from the Fine investigation and Boeheim's apology, there was a basketball game to be played. The Orange took on Florida in their first ranked opponent match-up of the season. Our Katie Gibas caught up with fans, who say they are both frustrated and overwhelmed with the mega-media attention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For Syracuse University students and staff, ever since they returned from Thanksgiving break, it's been a media circus on campus after former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine was accused of molesting three children.

"It's a feeding frenzy right now until something more scandalous comes along," said Roy Gutterman, the Tully Center for Free Speech Director.

Alana Heller, a Syracuse University freshman, added, "It's been really crazy. We've actually talked about it in a lot of our classes, which has been kind of interesting. "

Stories of the Bernie Fine investigation have been flashed all over various national media outlets in a light SU students and fans say they're not thrilled about.

"They're dragging it out too much. I know the Sandusky thing was a whole different story. And I think people are getting pulled into this situation that shouldn't be," said Sean Brooks, an Oswego resident.

Rick Salmon, an Auburn resident, added, "People are always looking for a news story. And I think if it's all true, it's really bad. It's a horrendous thing, but we need to wait for the facts to come out. It's America, we're wait until we're proven guilty."

And one of the most frustrating things for those watching the stories unfold is the lack of information.

"Part of the reason that reporters are all here is there's still a lot of unresolved issues. Until it's resolved or until we actually know what happened or somebody's prosecuted or exonerated, then we're going to have this spotlight for a while until something else comes along," said Gutterman.

But fans say, despite the national attention on Syracuse, the team's been handling the pressure well.

"I think they're focusing as much as they can on basketball and not worrying about outside things as much as they possibly can," said Salmon.

Heller added, "I think they've handled it pretty well. They've kind of just focused on the team, which I think is important for them."

Going forward fans say focusing on supporting the team will be the key to a successful season.

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