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.
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.