Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim to Retire in 3 Years; Athletic Director Steps Down

Syracuse university officials say coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years and athletic director Daryl Gross has resigned following punishment from the NCAA for violations that lasted more than a decade.

Chancellor Kent Syverud said Wednesday that Boeheim, a Hall of Famer and head coach for 39 years, decided to make the announcement to "bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years" and to allow for a smooth transition.

Gross will take another marketing position with the school and Pete Salas will serve as interim athletic director.

The announcements come in the wake of a report issued March 6 by the NCAA Committee on Infractions finding several violations of NCAA rules occurred at Syracuse University, particularly with the men's basketball program.

The punishment includes financial penalties and the reduction of three men's basketball scholarships a year for four years. Recruiting restrictions will be enforced for two years.

Boeheim was also suspended for nine games, which will be applied to Atlantic Coast Conference games next year.

In 2012, former center Fab Melo was declared ineligible for the NCAA tournament days before it started. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said the university declared Melo ineligible. Melo also missed three Big East games during the season because of an academic issue.

The committee also found that from 2001-09 the school did not follow its own written policies and procedures for students who tested positive for banned substances. NCAA rules require that if schools have a drug-testing policy, it must include substances on the banned list and the school must follow its policy. Syracuse had a written policy, but both Boeheim and athletic director Gross admitted they did not follow it.

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