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Syracuse Fires Bernie Fine

It's not surprising that new allegations emerged so quickly after the Penn State mess, since a high profile case will often be just the impetus people need to come forward with their story.

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That seems to be the case at Syracuse, where now three people have come forward saying former assistant coach Bernie Fine had inappropriate relations with them. The university fired Fine on Sunday and head coach Jim Boeheim backed up the Syracuse administration for doing it.

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That was in contrast to his public comments earlier, where he called out the accusers as wanting to profit off the Penn State mess. He apologized for those comments Sunday after a new, unrelated accuser stepped forward. 

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Much like the Penn State mess, Boeheim is a well-respected coach who's had a long professional relationship with Fine. Unlike Paterno, Boeheim didn't cover up for his former assistant. He supported the decision even before the police investigation. 

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It's another sad, black day for college sports, but the administration at the top of Syracuse did a much better job dealing with the mess than Penn State. That's really the reason why the Penn State mess was so shocking. The actual abuse was bad enough, but the fact an administration tried to cover it up? Unforgivable.

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