What is Boeheim's role?
Any damage to Syracuse, or more specifically its basketball program, will come down to whether head coach Jim Boeheim faces any fallout.
But if the legendary Boeheim is found to have overlooked something he should not have, if his career ends with the same ignominy as that of Joe Paterno, well, what's the first thing one will think of at the mention of Syracuse basketball?
If stuck to an institution, the association with child sex abuse is damaging beyond immediate repair. I don't think it will come to that, and Syracuse, having rid itself of Fine, can move on without Fine's actions defining an institution or basketball program.
Some stains don't fade
Los Angeles Times
Joe Paterno built Penn State, just as Jim Boeheim built Syracuse. And as the former was fired because he did not do enough in the wake of a child molestation scandal, so too might the latter.
And that's just the beginning of the irreparable damage Syracuse faces. There will be expensive civil lawsuits, and the program will have to rebuild.
Of course, the victims matter most in this case. But if you're involved with Syracuse in any way, you're now linked with one of humanity's most heinous and unforgivable crimes: the abuse of children.
Some stains don't wash out. Some never fade. Penn State is learning that.
Syracuse is about to.
Impact will be minimal
When all is said and done, Bernie Fine's impact on Syracuse will be minimal.