- Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A judge is set to hear arguments on a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

Former team ballboys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang claim Boeheim slandered them by saying they were out for money after allegations former assistant coach Bernie Fine sexually abused them surfaced in November.

A hearing on the dismissal motion is scheduled for Friday.

Fine has denied any wrongdoing and hasn’t been charged. He was fired in November.

Boeheim vehemently supported Fine and called Davis a liar and opportunist looking to cash in on the publicity surrounding the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Boeheim later apologized.

The lawsuit claims Boeheim “knew or should have known” about Fine’s alleged conduct.

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