Syracuse says basketball coach Boeheim to retire in three years

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 18, 2015 12:28 PM

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Syracuse University head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will retire after three more seasons, the school said Wednesday, less than two weeks after the NCAA slapped the school with harsh sanctions amid a lengthy investigation of its athletic programs.

In addition, the school's athletic director, Daryl Gross, has resigned to take another position at the school, said Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association on March 6 suspended Boeheim for nine ACC games next season, took away 12 scholarships, and ordered all wins in which ineligible students played between 2004 and 2012 be vacated following the NCAA's investigation into the basketball program.

Boeheim, a Hall of Famer who has been the Syracuse head coach since 1976, won 135 games in those five seasons and 108 of those wins will be wiped out.

In a written statement on Wednesday, Syverud said Boeheim's "goal in making this decision and announcement now is to bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years and enable and plan for a successful, longer-term transition in coaching leadership."

Syracuse discovered and self-reported 10 violations that primarily involved men’s basketball but also impacted its football program, the NCAA Committee on Infractions said.

(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Susan Heavey)