Syracuse Coach Bernie Fine Being Investigated For Alleged Molestation Of Ball Boy

Here is the SB Nation stream on the Bernie Fine allegations. I will be updating it regularly.

Update 4:50: Here is the full rundown from ESPN. It's hard to read. And not hard to imagine what's going to happen to the program if any of it turns out to be true. We are in full-on Penn State territory here.

Update 5:00: Syracuse University conducted its own investigation in 2005 and found no wrongdoing.

The Penn State Jerry Sandusky Scandal may have opened a terrible can of worms that college sports fans, and everyone else, is going to wish they could unsee.

For Syracuse fans, the worst case scenario may have just presented itself.

Longtime Syracuse Orange basketball assistant Bernie Fine is being investigated by police over allegations that he molested a former Syracuse ball boy, according to ESPN.

While Jim Boeheim's longtime reign at Syracuse is touted often, Fine is as much a Syracuse-lifer as Boeheim.

Fine was a student-manager for the Syracuse basketball team in 1963 when Boeheim was a player on the squad. Fine graduated in 1967 and became a high school basketball coach in the area soonafter.

When Jim Boeheim took over as head coach at Syracuse in 1976, he hired Fine and Rick Pitino as his assistants. Fine has always focused on the forwards and centers and is often credited for helping players like Louis Orr, Rony Seikaly, Derrick Coleman and Etan Thomas in their careers.

Fine was named the assistant head coach at Syracuse in 2000 and briefly coached the team in 2001 when Boeheim missed three games due to health problems.

Fine was named a Syracuse University Letterwinner of Distinction in 1999.

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