Because of the run that ACC teams are making in the NCAA Tournament, the ACC is set to make over $28 million over the next six years. The NCAA pays conferences for the performance of their teams in a tournament, and each game played in this year’s tournament is worth at least $1.56 million. The league’s teams are currently 11-1 in the tournament, with five teams in the Sweet 16. The only loss was by Virginia, who lost to Michigan State.
After a multiyear investigation into the university’s athletic programs, the NCAA suspends Boeheim for nine ACC games, takes away 12 men’s basketball scholarships, and orders that 108 of Boeheim’s wins must be vacated (during which ineligible players participated). Syracuse University is placed on five years of probation as well as two years of recruiting restrictions, and they must also vacate all wins by their football team during the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons. The violations involve academic misconduct; extra benefits; failure to follow the drug-testing policy; impermissible booster activity; impermissible academic assistance and services; Boeheim’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff; and the school’s lack of control over its athletics program.
Over the course of a decade, Syracuse University did not control and monitor its athletics programs, and its head men’s basketball coach failed to monitor his program…Improper institutional involvement and influence in a student’s academic work in order to gain or maintain eligibility is a violation of NCAA rules and a violation of the most fundamental core values of the NCAA and higher education. The behavior in this case, which placed the desire to achieve success on the basketball court over academic integrity, demonstrated clearly misplaced institutional priorities.
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