Boeheim silent on Fine sex abuse inquiry on radio

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim did not address the Bernie Fine investigation at the start of his weekly radio show.

Thursday night’s show began with host Matt Park saying Boeheim made “extensive comments” Tuesday and nothing more would be said about the inquiry.

Three men, including two former Syracuse ballboys, have accused Boeheim’s longtime assistant, who was fired Sunday, of molesting them as minors.

More than a dozen students had put up tents and already were waiting by the doors of the dome for Friday’s night game against No. 10 Florida in a temporary encampment called “Boeheimburg.” Huddling against the cold, one group of students, who said they have been waiting outside since Tuesday, enthusiastically supported Boeheim.

Max Kaplan, a freshman from Randolph, N.J., called Boeheim “the face of Syracuse basketball.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Federal authorities have searched a locker in the Syracuse University basketball center in their investigation of former assistant coach Bernie Fine, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case.

Three men, including two former Syracuse ballboys, have accused Fine of molesting them as minors.

The official confirmed the search at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center happened Wednesday. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because it’s an ongoing investigation, would not say what agents sought or what they recovered from the locker.

The coaches’ lockers are on the second floor of the facility; players’ lockers are on the first floor.

Court documents show the third search warrant was issued Tuesday and signed by U.S. Magistrate Andrew Baxter.

Fine’s office on campus was searched Tuesday morning, and his suburban home was searched last Friday. The U.S. Attorney’s office in northern New York, which is leading the investigation, has not said what it sought or found.

Also Thursday, Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor said the school decided to fire Fine upon hearing an audiotape recorded by Bobby Davis, one of Fine’s three accusers. ESPN broadcast the 2002 audiotape, recorded by Davis, of a conversation between Davis and a woman ESPN identified as Fine’s wife, Laurie, in which she says she knew “everything that went on.”

Cantor’s comments were in a published response to a USA Today editorial Thursday that calls on Syracuse to release a “full accounting” of what it did and why Fine was kept on the job.

Fine, who was denied the allegations, was fired Sunday.

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