- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2011

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Bobby Davis was a basketball-crazy teen who was handed a virtual all-access pass to the world of big-time college hoops by Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine.

As a ball boy for Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim’s squad during the 1980s, Davis heard halftime locker room tirades from the coach, took shots at practice, sat courtside and hit the road.

Davis, now 39 years old, is the prime accuser in the sexual abuse scandal at Syracuse University. He tells the Associated Press the indebtedness he felt toward Fine made it hard to break from the man he claims molested him as a teenager.

Davis and three others say Fine forcibly touched them.

Fine, who was fired, has denied the accusations.

Federal prosecutors are investigating.

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