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Syracuse loses recruit after allegations

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09:18 AM ET 11.20 | Syracuse was one of the first schools to offer Isaiah Whitehead a scholarship. The Lincoln star's favorite player is Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks forward and Syracuse alum. And Whitehead has developed a good relationship with the Orange staff. But in light of the investigation of Syracuse men's basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine, the nationally ranked sophomore won't be attending the school, his mother, Ericka Rambert, said. Fine has been accused of allegedly molesting two former ball boys, allegations that Fine and longtime Orange coach Jim Boeheim vehemently deny.

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November 20, 2011  09:42 AM ET

If the character of a school's coaches is going to become more of a factor in recruiting than it has been in the past, there are a lot of schools that could be in trouble!

November 20, 2011  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If the character of a school's coaches is going to become more of a factor in recruiting than it has been in the past, there are a lot of schools that could be in trouble!

I think this goes a little deeper than just character issues, if the allegation prove true.

November 20, 2011  09:49 AM ET

Wow! This is just horrible. First Penn State and now Syracuse. Just disgusting.

November 20, 2011  09:54 AM ET

By the way, Notre Dame won last night! Go Irish!

You've been Domer Ninja'd by Stuart!

November 20, 2011  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wow! This is just horrible. First Penn State and now Syracuse. Just disgusting.

And The Citadel too. Man, the dominoes are falling quickly.

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November 20, 2011  10:06 AM ET
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And The Citadel too. Man, the dominoes are falling quickly.

sad that it goes on all the time...just no one usually hears about it....

November 20, 2011  10:16 AM ET

I don't think anyone would have have the balls to go to the news media or the police and report some of the skeletons that the SEC has in its closets because they would more than likely find themselves at the bottom of a lake.

November 20, 2011  10:35 AM ET

Come to TOSU Thad is a great coach and run's a great program!

November 20, 2011  10:36 AM ET
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I don't think anyone would have have the balls to go to the news media or the police and report some of the skeletons that the SEC has in its closets because they would more than likely find themselves at the bottom of a lake.

it would be the bottom of the bayou...the lakes in the south are what we call ponds in the north!

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November 20, 2011  11:41 AM ET

Am I the only who thinks this is ridiculous? All the facts suggest that nothing happened at Syracuse and that this 39-year old who alleges crimes happened in the 80s is just jumping on the Penn State-inspired bandwagon. All thanks to ESPN who didn't want to run his "story" eight years ago (and for good reason) but now gave in to their sensationalist tendencies.

November 20, 2011  11:44 AM ET

sophomore? The kid is a prospect but he's no one's recruit yet.

November 20, 2011  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wow! This is just horrible. First Penn State and now Syracuse. Just disgusting.

I am not buying in to it for one second. Listened to the accuser, just did not sound right. And then his step brother chimes in.
Not buying in to it at all, and if it is NOT true, then that is really sad.

November 20, 2011  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Am I the only who thinks this is ridiculous? All the facts suggest that nothing happened at Syracuse and that this 39-year old who alleges crimes happened in the 80s is just jumping on the Penn State-inspired bandwagon. All thanks to ESPN who didn't want to run his "story" eight years ago (and for good reason) but now gave in to their sensationalist tendencies.

You got it.

November 20, 2011  12:35 PM ET

If concerns about the integrity of coaches were a huge deterrent for potential recruits, then certain schools would never attract any players. A certain coach comes to mind who left two programs in the dust as their past championships were vacated.

November 20, 2011  12:49 PM ET
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And The Citadel too. Man, the dominoes are falling quickly.

I would not believe one bit of it at this point. This is an old story that was turned over to the State Police years ago. Listen to the accusers interview. It does not fit. Then his step brother makes the same claim a few days later?
If the accused is falsely accused, then that is the sad part here. Anybody can make any claim they wan, and the world is full of people who would do just that.
Not buying any of it until it is looked in to hard.

November 20, 2011  01:56 PM ET

"By the way, Notre Dame won last night! Go Irish!

You've been Domer Ninja'd by Stuart!"

Is that a euphemism for being raped by a Catholic priest? Because you celebrating on Syracuse's and Penn State's graves is a bit ironic and depraved under the circumstances. Your school represents the biggest organized child molestation ring in the history of the universe!

 
November 20, 2011  02:11 PM ET
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By the way, Notre Dame won last night! Go Irish! You've been Domer Ninja'd by Stuart!

Congratulations. You guys eeked that out and almost gave BC their 4th win of the season.

Notre Dame is definitely back now.

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