Boeheim: Job status not a worry
Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim said he is not worried that his job is in jeopardy and stressed that an investigation into child molestation claims against Bernie Fine would reveal what had occured.
“I never worried about my job status in 36 years,” Boeheim said Tuesday. “I do my job. What happened on my watch, we will see. When the investigation is done, we will find out what happened on my watch.”
Boeheim was making his first public comments since longtime assistant Bernie Fine was fired Sunday.
Two former Syracuse ball boys have accused Fine of molesting them, charges that Fine has denied.
Boeheim had previously defended Fine and disparaged the two men who came forward with the accusations, leading to advocates of sexual abuse victims calling for him to step down.
Boeheim said Tuesday his comments were based on what he knew at the time. He added that he was merely supporting a friend.
Boeheim received a vote of confidence earlier Tuesday by university Chancellor Nancy Cantor, who said “Coach Boeheim is our coach.”
Boeheim received a standing ovation as he led his team onto the court for Tuesday’s 84-48 win over Eastern Michigan.