Syracuse University the next Penn State?

I'll be back next week with my series on the Nikki LaDue January case.

If you want more on that case, blogger Holliston over at Cold No More is offering analysis and interviewing some of Nikki's friends.

In the meantime, I offer this.


Late Sunday evening, it was announced that Syracuse University had terminated the employment of associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine as authorities continue to investigate allegations of child molestation against him.

Fine, who is 65-years-old, was in his 36th season at his alma mater, and had been placed on administrative leave after two alleged victims came forward.  The two, adults now, had previously served for years as ball boys for the team.

When a third victim contacted police and an alleged tape recording between one of the victims and Laurie Fine (Bernie's wife) surfaced (excerpts from the transcript are here), university officials decided to act and fire Coach Fine.

Now, Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim, and ardent supporter of Fine, has egg on his face.

When the charges initially surfaced, Boeheim immediately criticized the two reported victims calling them "liars" to the media.

Boeheim's poor decision may be the equivalent of former Penn State president Graham Spanier's public relations blunder when Spanier insinuated that the victims in the Jerry Sandusky case were all lying in his media release.

As an administrator, issuing a statement that characterizes victims as "liars" is never a prudent move; especially silly when tempered speech should be used at the start of the investigation with so many unknowns.

In addition, an institution would not want to discourage other potential victims who might speak with authorities (as Boeheim's comments were seen as doing).

When will these folks learn the old adage: it is better to be thought of a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt?


Hilary said...

Shades of Penn state for sure.

ladyfi said...

Oh dear! Your quotation at the end is so true, especially in this case.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I agree. This story again is disheartening. I hate to judge so quickly but I've come to find with these things that usually where there's smoke... there's fire.

The Blonde Duck said...

I am not amused.

Pat Hatt said...

So true, best to just keep your mouth shut and ride it out. All it does as make you seem guilty even more. As you protest too much. Of course sicko if did do it though.

carma said...

Did you hear the interview with Mr. Fine's wife? She knew and yet did nothing other than engage in her own sexual relations with one of the students!!! Twisted. I was saying to my husband this morning that things have gone crazy - then there is that college professor caught on the plane looking at "illegal stuff" - Lots of folks out of high paying jobs due to their own stupidity.

Stephen Tremp said...

These people are such dopes. They really believe they are above the law and will not be caught, although recent events may change that perception.

Bonnie said...

Ohhhhhh, friggin' Penn State. I have been strangely fascinated by that whole debacle.
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Tina Lane said...

Yikes. Such an ugly and unfortunate string of events.

WomanHonorThyself said...

as long as society stays decadent this will horrific..Have a great Monday my friend.:)

Dawn said...

Ahhh..interesting. And when will I ever learn that old adage as well! It's a good thing to remember for certain.

Bob G. said...

What I seem to see is whenever ONE of these stories breaks, others soon follow, as if someone was "waiting" for someoen ELSE to GO FIRST.
Shouldn't have to be THAT way.

Good post and comments.

Stay safe out there.

Michael Offutt, Expert Critic said...

I'd like to say that I'm surprised but not really. It looks like the Penn State scandal has paved a road of courage for countless men everywhere to finally find their voice and speak up against the pedophile coaches that spanked it while watching them shower all the while holding over them the lure of sports greatness. It makes me sick.

Anonymous said...

It's not just Penn State, it seems so many persons in positions of trust have taken advantage of the innocent. I find it all so terrible and the 1st thing done seems to be to either forgive them or blame the victim.
In my church body there was recently an arrest of child porn distribution by the director of communications. The criminal complaint was so graphic I could hardly read it. And the 1st thing the Synod does is asks for prayers for the accused and his family. Not a prayer for the poor children who were raped. Many attacked SNAP for looking for victims, saying he wasn't a Pastor.
I was shocked and very saddened.
What a world, what a world!