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Syracuse Self-Imposed NCAA Ban: Reactions From Players, ACC Commissioner and Twitter

The Orange have announced a self-imposed ban on the 2014-15 postseason, here's what everyone is saying.

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Now that the self-imposed-NCAA-ban hammer has been dropped, reactions are pouring in locally, as the Syracuse Orange captains have released a statement, and throughout the conference, as ACC commissioner John Swofford has weighed in on things.

(This story isn't getting much national attention because Syracuse University was smart on announcing this on a Wednesday evening in the middle of the biggest college sports day of the year. Score a point for the SU public relation department for once!)

First, here's what the team captains–Trevor Cooney, Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije–had to say:

"We are all tremendously disappointed that we are going to miss out on playing in the postseason based on issues that do not involve us. However, we support our school and this won't change how hard we will continue to work in practice and in games."

Meanwhile, Swofford did a nice job of supporting SU's decision in his statement:

"We are fully supportive of Syracuse and its decision to self-impose sanctions by removing themselves from any men's basketball postseason opportunities. They've been cooperative throughout the NCAA process, and I commend Chancellor Syverud and the Syracuse University leadership for taking this proactive step."

Swofford's support is key, especially when it comes to the NCAA, because if the NCAA messes with Syracuse and the rest of the conference has its back, then that's great for SU's chances for the NCAA not taking anymore action.

Finally, here's some things being said on Twitter starting with ESPN's Jay Bilas claiming this isn't what Syracuse University is calling it:

Thanks ESPN!