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Syracuse University Sex-Abuse Scandal: Bernie Fine Dismissed

Syracuse University announced Sunday (November 27, 2011) its decision to dismiss assistant men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine following the emergence of a 10-year old audio recording of his wife in which she acknowledges sexual abuse and a third man emerged alleging sexual abuse by Fine nine years ago.

Fine, who was the longest tenured assistant coach in Division I men’s basketball, was in his 36th season at Syracuse. Kevin Quinn, Syracuse’s senior vice president for public affairs announced the decision in a statement.  Quinn stated, “At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately.”

Based on this unfortunate story, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions: (1) implement clear and consistent policies and procedures for reporting alleged criminal violations to the pertinent law enforcement agencies; and (2) provide university employees with education on reporting protocols.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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