Monday, November 28, 2011

Am I Biased as a Cuse Alum?

I had a whole post ready to go from my immature side, relating "That's what she said" and football commentary. However, with what's going on at Syracuse, I feel as an alum (or is it alumna/i, I always get confused and Google was of no help), I need to say my peace and save the immaturity for next week.

First and foremost, as of right now, the situation at Syracuse and Penn State are completely different.  Call me naive, but I supported Boeheim when he defended his friend. I truly don't think he believes the accusations. He's not Paterno. He didn't hear eye-witness reports of abuse from his grad assistant, report it to some authority and then sit back and do nothing while the abuse continued.  The allegations have been investigated twice. Yes, TWO times.  Once by the University and a second time by ESPN.  In both instances, the evidence could not be corroborated.  If I were in Boeheim's shoes I don't think I would have been anywhere near as restrained. But he's far more mature than me (or, more likely, being helped by a PR team) and issued what I think to be a great apology/reaction to the actions taken last night:

“The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.”

If the University fires Boeheim for defending his friend, they will probably lose me as a fan (still upset with the Big East departure), unless they can prove he had knowledge of the abuse. Boeheim is loved for his passion and dedication to the program and the team.  He should not be fired for it.  The University has handled the situation extremely well, so far.  Hopefully, they continue to do so.

As for what came out last night between the 3rd accuser and Fine's wife, I'm still not totally convinced. I know, I know! It looks bad, horrible even. But here's the thing. The original accuser had an affair with the wife. At 18.  That whole situation is beyond weird, between asking Fine for money to pay off loans and the phone call recording. Which, why is ESPN waiting until now to release this tape? As for the 3rd accuser, he's got his own sexual assault charges from April AND his dad is vehemently denying everything he's said about Fine.  Call me crazy, but in my experience, from watching criminal law shows, the 3rd accuser is not coming off as all that credible.

I'm honestly torn. If the accusations are true, I will feel horrible for not believing. Am I biased solely because I graduated from Cuse the year we won the national championship, having a special tie to the program and Boeheim? Would I still be suspicious of the timing if I hadn't?  People were quick to attack me and the program when the original accusations came out (what I have to do with the situation, I'm still trying to figure out), but were they biased by their own dislike/jealousy/school pride that they wanted to see the bad?  How would they react if the situations were reversed?  How would I?

I was asked when the Penn State accusations/firings happened what I would do if it were Cuse (I can't remember who asked, but I need to find out and get their predictions on my future), I said it would be completely devastating.  At least I know that to be the truth.


  1. I've been in a complete turkey coma and had no idea anything was even going on.

  2. i read a brief article on syracuse, and i agree that the situations are not the same. having only read 1 article, i'm not prepared to have an opinion on fine. however, i think boeheim should be reprimanded when he didn't have any idea what was allegedly happening

  3. Sadly, everyone is rushing to judgement - in both situations. Some things look very bad; something look fishy. Unfortunately, in our instant news/messaging world, there is not any time left for the system to work its slow way to the end.

    That said, it is devastating indeed when an institution we love comes under fire for any reason. Hope this will turn out better than it looks ... if only for your sake.

  4. I agree with Webb. The 24 hour news cycle only encourages our rush to judgment. And that's....unfortunate. There's no time to process information or get all of the facts and certainly no time to make sure the facts are right. I agree that the timing and the circumstances of the Syracuse accusations seem fishy. Either way, the sheer mass of sex abuse scandals in this age is very sad and makes me want to keep my flock, whenever they come, VERY close.