Report: '05 Syracuse Probe Found No Abuse Evidence

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A 2005 investigation ordered by Syracuse University into sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant men's basketball coach found no witnesses who believed the accuser's story.

The inquiry's final report, obtained by The Post-Standard of Syracuse, shows in detail how the school reacted to former ball boy Bobby Davis' accusations against then-assistant coach Bernie Fine. At no point does the report raise concerns about Fine's admitted longstanding, close relationship with a ball boy or Davis' proximity to the basketball team.

Fine, 66, was fired in November, during his 36th year on the staff, after the allegations became public. He has denied the accusations and has not been charged. A federal investigation is still under way.

Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor declined to comment Monday because the 2005 investigation is being reviewed and because of a lawsuit filed by Davis. The university said it would not release the document because it promised confidentiality to the participants.

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