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Syracuse University fires Bernie Fine

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Just received the following email from the Chancellor:

Dear SU Community:

Tonight, in the wake of troubling new allegations that emerged in the media today, I am writing to let you know that Bernie Fine’s employment at the University has been terminated effective immediately.

Frankly, the events of the past week have shaken us all. The taped phone call that ESPN revealed today was not provided to the university by Mr. Davis during the 2005 investigation by our legal counsel. Like the media review of the case a few years earlier, no other witnesses came forward during the university investigation, and those who felt they knew Bernie best could not imagine what has unfolded.

Since I last wrote to you, we have been cooperating fully with the authorities. On Friday, November 18th, as the District Attorney has noted, we turned over to his office the results of our 2005 months-long investigation. Also on November 18, our Board of Trustees retained an independent law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, to review our procedures in responding to the initial allegations when they first came to the University’s attention. I fully supported that decision and it is vital that we examine our protocols and actions in dealing with such serious allegations. We need to learn all we can from this terrible lesson.

All of us have the responsibility, individually and collectively, to ensure that Syracuse University remains a safe place for every campus community member and everyone with whom we interact on a daily basis on campus or in the community as part of our learning, scholarship, or work. We do not tolerate abuse. If anything good comes out of this tragedy, it will be that this basic principle is reinforced.

Sincerely,

Nancy Cantor
 

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I'm wondering how many other coaches we'll see fall across the country. I hope not, but it feels like we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Perhaps as a community we can reassess our priorities, and get on the right track. We all know sports have become too important, and too big (dare I say "too big to fail?") . For a long time there has been concern that some, maybe many, programs allowed the players to attend college, where they didn't really learn anything, because the sports were the main focus. Now it looks like things may have been far worse. I just wish this was an isolated incident.
 

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My $0.02 worth...

I'm wondering how many other coaches we'll see fall across the country.

Having played sports throughout my college years, I can honestly say that all of the many coaches I played for and /or otherwise encountered were good and decent men of high moral standards and genuine integrity.

Maybe I'm naive, but I believe the Jerry Sanduskys and Bernie Fines, although clearly sick and twisted if guilty of the allegations against them, are clearly (...and fortunately) unusual statistical anomalies. :shrug:
 

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Having played sports throughout my college years, I can honestly say that all of the many coaches I played for and /or otherwise encountered were good and decent men of high moral standards and genuine integrity.

Maybe I'm naive, but I believe the Jerry Sanduskys and Bernie Fines, although clearly sick and twisted if guilty of the allegations against them, are clearly (...and fortunately) unusual statistical anomalies. :shrug:

I agree wholeheartedly ... there are more than 25,000 coaches across the country at all levels - the vast and overwhelming bulk are good, caring, and most of all non criminal.

As Robert A. Heinlein said:

"I believe in my fellow citizens. Our headlines are splashed with crime, yet for every criminal there are 10,000 honest decent kindly men."

Read the rest here
 

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Oh, I'm certain that the overwhelming majority of coaches are good and decent men. But I'm just as certain that pedophiles are opportunistic deviants who are more likely to be found in community/professional positions that give them easier access to victims as well as a blanket of protection.

What I'm most certain of all, though, is that the most successful (read "lucrative") college sports programs do not have the athletes' overall well-being as their main focus. And as long as the cash cows are producing, those who hold the power positions are willing to look the other way when they probably shouldn't.

I agree with Mel, Penn State and Syracuse could be just the tip of the iceberg. I'd say, "if anything good comes of this, maybe it will be a total overhaul of scholastic athletics." But sadly, even that isn't worth the price that the victims have paid. It's all tragically sad.
 

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The sad truth is that there are child molesters in every facet of society - it has nothing to do with sports. The statistics say that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be molested sometime during their childhood.

The molesters are right there in your neighborhood - if you live in CA, you can look it up here: Megan's Law Sex Offender Locator

My city - 542 registered sex offenders.

There are 9 within a mile of my house.

2 of them are people I have spoken to at our local neighborhood restaurant - one of them is a woman.
 
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