What has he done wrong?

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

Jim Boeheim's only crime thus far is one of ignorance — and arrogance. Unless it comes out that he had direct knowledge of Bernie Fine's lifestyle, he should keep his jobs with Syracuse and the U.S. Olympic team. Boeheim's initial condescending reaction to allegations against Fine runs consistent with the holier-than-thou attitude of many major college coaches, but he since has apologized for those remarks.

That doesn't excuse his comments. But they also shouldn't excuse Boeheim from a job he is qualified to perform. He claims he had no knowledge of Fine's actions. So what, exactly, did Boeheim do wrong?

Granted, the men's team can win gold in London without Boeheim. But any punishment doesn't fit his crime.


Too soon to judge

Barry Stavro

Los Angeles Times


Why? There is a significant difference in the alleged child molestation cases at Penn State and Syracuse.

Joe Paterno was told long ago that Jerry Sandusky had acted inappropriately, and Paterno's response was, pick one: half-hearted, buck-passing, ignorant, irresponsible, criminal.

As for Boeheim, he can only be blamed — at the moment — for a flippant response when the initial news reports surfaced of Bernie Fine's alleged child molestation. There is no evidence right now that Boeheim knew of, or covered up, Fine's behavior.

We only know fragments of what happened in the Syracuse scandal and of Boeheim's role. Let's see what the investigation turns up before blaming him.


Monitor case closely

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

As long as Jim Boeheim is in good standing with Syracuse, he should be in good standing with Team USA as an assistant coach.