Bernie Fine Scandal — Fine’s wife Laurie’s phone conversation with Bobby Davis

Bobby Davis -- David Lassman / The Post-Standard, 2002

The Bernie Fine saga took a huge turn when it surfaced that accuser Bobby Davis had recorded a phone conversation between himself and Fine’s wife, Laurie.

The most shocking part was that Laurie Fine openly admitted to knowing about the sexual abuse. Davis had lived with the Fines from time to time and one night Laurie said she saw Fine molesting Davis through the basement window.

Syracuse.com has a transcript of the 2002 phone call between Laurie Fine and Bobby Davis.

Laurie Fine -- Gary Walts / The Post-Standard

Basically this puts everyone on the hot seat, including Laurie Fine. She openly acknowledges knowing about the husband’s sexual abuse of Davis. What’s even more bizarre is that Davis claimed he had a sexual relationship with Laurie Fine starting at age 18.

But anyways, this tape shows that these guys really might be telling the truth. I was a little skeptical at first. I found it odd that the one person Davis needed to corroborate his story was his stepbrother, Mike Lang. I also wasn’t sold on the third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, who is also facing sexual assault charges, had his estranged father call him a liar.

This tape is a game changer. This could get real ugly fast for Cuse. In a few weeks this could be a full-blown Penn State ordeal. You got to thing Boeheim, after going over the top to defend Fine, is on the hot seat.

This is bad either way.

Is Jim Boeheim the next to be fired?

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In the wake of the Bernie Fine scandal it appears that Jim Boeheim, much like JoePa, could be the next to be fired at Syracuse University.

Boeheim defended Fine early in the accusations and it could turn out to be his downfall.

Nov. 18, Bud Poliquin of the Post-Standard posted a story with Boeheim ripping accuser Bobby Davis.

Boeheim did admit that Davis, who lived in Fine’s basement for a while as a teen and served for a time as an Orange ball boy, did periodically travel with the SU basketball team. But, Boeheim offered, Davis traveled for a practical reason.

“I know Bobby,” Boeheim said. “He was one of 300 ball boys we’ve had. This kid ended up being a babysitter for Bernie. He babysat Bernie’s kids. That’s why he was on the trips. He’d babysit. The kid only traveled, to my knowledge, if he was babysitting Bernie’s kids. This is when he was 18 years old. He was helping to babysit the kids. That’s the only time I know about, from talking with Bernie.”

Asked what Davis’ possible motivation would be to tell his disturbing story at this time, Boeheim hesitated not at all.

“Here’s why,” he said. “The Penn State thing came out and the kid behind this is trying to get money. He’s tried before. And now he’s trying again. If he gets this, he’s going to sue the university and Bernie. What do you think is going to happen at Penn State? You know how much money is going to be involved in civil suits? I’d say about $50 million. That’s what this is about. Money.”

Yesterday when Fine was fired, Boeheim through SU came out with an apology to the accusers.

“I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse,” he said

I don’t know if this can save Boehiem’s job. Syracuse University is now being pressured to fire the long-time coach.

Bernie Fine Fired — BREAKING NEWS

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Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been fired.

Kevin Quinn, Syracuse’s senior vice president of public affairs said in a statement:

“At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately.”

Bobby Davis and stepbrother Mike Lang were the first two accusers to come forward, but this week they were joined by a third accuser, Zach Tomaselli, who claims Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room.

Tomaselli himself faces sexual assault charges.

Head coach Jim Boeheim has stayed by Fine through these charges, but these allegations are really started to heat up.

Hopefully Boeheim didn’t no anything like he claimed or this could be a JoePa situation.

UConn upset, Cuse wins NIT, Abromaitis out for year – Weekend Review

UConn loses to Central Florida – Huskies blow a 17-point lead and struggles against a 2-3 zone. Need lots of work if they want to top Syracuse. Ryan Boatright played his first game Saturday in a 78-76 overtime win over No. 20 Florida State. The freshman had 14 points and three assists. He adds another ball handler and will help this team in the long run.

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Syracuse wins NIT – The Orange, in the wake of the Bernie Fine scandal, won the NIT Season Tip-Off in a convincing win against a solid Stanford club. This Cuse team is deeper than usual. Also Fab Melo looks great since dropping over 30 lbs. in the offseason. Right now tops in the Big East.

Louisville sneaks out win over Ohio – Rick Pitino won his 250th game with Louisville in a close one, but I like Louisville right now. They beat Butler without Peyton Siva, who is their key player and would I picked to have a breakout season.

Villanova downed by Saint Louis – This loss isn’t terrible because I believe that Saint Louis is an overlooked team, they’ll compete against Xavier and Temple this year. The Wildcats are young, but Maalik Wayns had a career-high 29 points.

Cincinnati upset by Marshall in OT – I really think the Bearcats could take that next step and be a legitimate Big East contender this year, but after this loss I don’t know. The Thundering Herd could be the second-best team in C-USA, but this is a win Cincy should have had at home.

Pitt takes care of Penn/Robert Morris– Panthers had a little hiccup in that loss to Long Beach State, but I think they’ll make up for it if they can get good wins over Tennessee and Oklahoma State. Also Khem Birch recording 10 boards in his first start against Penn is a positive. The freshman added 11 in a 10-point win against Robert Morris.

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DePaul moves to 4-1 – The Blue Demons picked up a pair of wins against Texas Tech and Arizona State this weekend. I like this team. Oliver Purnell shows he can rebuild. He’s got two good young pieces in Brandon Young and Cleveland Melvin and from this point on a pretty easy non-conference schedule.

South Florida takes care of FAU – A couple of nice wins against Georgia Southern and Florida Atlantic without Augustus Gilchrist. They need the big man back soon with road games against VCU and No. 14 Kansas coming up.

Notre Dame loses Abromaitis – Senior forward Tim Abromaitis is out for the season with a torn ACL. Abromaitis was averaging 14 points and seven rebounds on the year. Mike Brey is a great coach and will see how good he is in the coming months.

St. John’s loses to Northeastern – It’s a young team and a short rotation. Also not favored by a tough schedule. The Red Storm have losses against No. 16 Arizona and No. 18 Texas A&M. Coming up is a game against soon to be No. 1 Kentucky.

Friars lose first two – It’s going to be a process by I feel Ed Cooley has this team on the right track. This year is just going to be a tough one for Providence. However Vincent Council has a had a good year averaging 18 points and 5 dimes.