Crimes and Misdemeanors: A Complete Guide to The Syracuse Basketball Program Under Jim Boeheim

Casual contributor 'P. Roche' documents the trials and tribulations of the Syracuse basketball program under the watchful eye of head coach Jim Boeheim.

Included below is a timeline that has been painstakingly put together over the years chronicling the issues and arrests that have followed the Syracuse program:

2014: Former Syracuse basketball player Donte Greene was arrested for fighting outside of a Miami Beach nightclub. Greene could be charged with battery and disorderly conduct.
Donte Greene was tasered in the rear end during Sunday morning brawl, according to TMZ report


2013:
The current suspension of Syracuse University basketball player James Southerland is the result of an NCAA investigation into the SU basketball program's academic records, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation.
Syracuse forward James Southerland's suspension related to NCAA investigation


2012
: Sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams was seen placing a bathrobe and a pair of gloves into his backpack at a local Lord & Taylor department store in the Destiny USA mall on Dec. 9, two sources told the Syracuse Post-Standard. Carter-Williams signed a store form acknowledging the theft and paid a $500 fine, the Post-Standard reported. Lord & Taylor declined to press charges.
Syracuse mum about Michael Carter-Williams' alleged shoplifting incident

2012 - Four "sources with intimate knowledge" of the Syracuse program, detail systematic lapses in the University's administration of their internal policy regarding positive drug tests. 10 different players failed tests and "were allowed to practice and play at times when they should have been suspended." One player tested positive four times with no action, another three times.
Report: N.C.A.A. Investigates Syracuse Over Failed Drug Tests



2011
: Long time assistant coach Bernie Fine is dismissed following accusations that he engaged in appropriate sexual conduct with a minor. Fine's accusers (at least some of them) were determined to be credible by the Syracuse PD.
Syracuse Coach Dismissed Amid Sex Probe
Some Bernie Fine accusers are credible, police chief, DA agree

2011: Starting Center Fab Melo was charged with criminal mischief. The charge stemmed from an incident where Melo reached through the open driver's side window of a 2003 Chevrolet Impala while it was occupied by a female student, and broke the turn signal control arm making it inoperable. In light of the situation, City Judge James Cecile issued an order of protection for the woman who was in the car at the time of the incident.
Syracuse basketball player Fab Melo arraigned in city court on criminal mischief charge

2011: Former Syracuse University basketball player Josh Wright was arrested in a prostitution sting in Utica. Wright was charged with third-degree patronizing a prostitute, a misdemeanor, and loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution, a violation. Wright left Syracuse in December, 2007, in the middle of his senior season, for personal and academic reasons.

"It's flawed," Jim Boeheim said at the time about the APR system. "There is absolutely nothing a coach can do if a kid wants to leave and train for the NBA. If he was leaving and walking the streets, I'd understand."
Former Syracuse basketball player Josh Wright arrested, charged with patronizing a prostitute
Increase in academic cutline approved


2010: Syracuse men's basketball team scored a 912 on the most recent APR. The NCAA's cutline is 925. Colorado was the only other major conference school with a men's basketball program under the NCAA's minimum.
NCAA penalizing Syracuse University men's basketball team

2010: Former player Paul Harris pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted second-degree menacing in Buffalo City Court. He had faced charges of second-degree menacing, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and unlawful possession of marijuana. Harris was accused of "holding a female against her will at gunpoint and threatening to harm and kill her."
Paul Harris guilty of menacing

2010: Former players Josh Pace and Eric Devendorf spend a night in jail after their involvement a bar room brawl following a basketball game in Napier, New Zealand.
Eric Devendorf dumped by Waikato Pistons



2009
: Former player, Damone Brown, was charged with a felony count of money laundering. Authorities seized $170,000 from the box before Brown was arrested in Reno Thursday morning. An FBI agent was shot and wounded during a roundup of drug and money-laundering suspects that included Brown. Brown was alleged to be a member of the "31 Gang" in Buffalo, NY. "Thirty-one is a very active gang that has been plaguing the east side of the city of Buffalo for quite some time now," Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson said. "We have known them to be very, very violent."

Without discussing details, authorities said the gang had been linked to the death of a 21-year-old man, Rome Ward, whose decomposed body was found in a vacant house in August 2007, a month after he was reported missing.
Former SU player Damone Brown arrested in Reno after Buffalo drug raid



2008
: Syracuse starting guard Eric Devendorf was suspended indefinitely after allegedly hitting a female student in the face. The case was review for University review, which concluded: "The Board found that on or about Nov. 1, 2008 at or near 703 Walnut Avenue, you physically harassed another Syracuse University student by intentionally striking her with your hand causing her to become alarmed and annoyed." The initial suspension was ultimately reduced to 40 hours of community service.
Devendorf suspended from Syracuse University; board says he didn't take past probation seriously

2008: Syracuse University basketball player Scoop Jardine knew another student's identification card was being used to order more than $100 worth of food, helped carry in the food when it was delivered to his apartment and then tried to cover up his involvement, according to a statement from his cousin filed in court today.
SU basketball's Jardine linked to stolen ID card

2008: A Syracuse dean was fired for refusing to cover up the 2007 assault of a female student on campus by Syracuse Basketball Players Jonny Flynn, Antonio "Scoop" Jardine and Richard Jackson.
Dean Whose Silence Couldn't Be Bought

2008: Former player Josh Wright charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. Wright admitted to stealing a credit card from an acquaintance in Westmoreland, NY. According to NYS Troopers, Wright admitted to taking the card on June 24 when the victim's purse was knocked over, causing the card to fall out. Wright and the victim were riding in the same vehicle on the highway at the time.
Ex-SU basketball player accused of credit card theft

2008: Former player Carmelo Anthony arrested and convicted of DUI. Anthony refused to take a breathalyzer, but the arresting officer classified the level of impairment as "extreme".
Nuggets' Anthony apologizes after being charged with DUI

2008: Guard Eric Devendorf is put on probation by the University for harming another student.
Suspension of SU's Eric Devendorf upheld, penalty changed



2007
: Syracuse Basketball Players Jonny Flynn, Antonio "Scoop" Jardine and Richard Jackson charged with sexual assault of a female student on campus. The players were ultimately cleared by an Onondaga County grand jury. An SU Judicial Affairs panel made up of faculty and staff also cleared the players, but placed the three teammates on disciplinary probation until the spring of 2011, because the panel concluded the players' conduct could have threatened the female student's mental health. They must complete 30 hours of community service, take part in a gender sensitivity and domestic violence education program and go through an evaluation to determine if counseling is needed.
SU basketball players cleared of sexual assault, placed on probation

Jardine would later reference this incident on Twitter in 2010 saying: "#collegetaughtme that groupies really exist! But we just call them #teamplayers! Ahaha"
Time for schools to ban Twitter



2004:
Incoming player Paul Harris spent 13 days in jail after being charged with drug possession while a high school student in Niagara Falls. Harris was also involved with charges of assault against his girl friend which were later dropped.
Paul Harris Snubbed

2004: Former player Carmelo Anthony arrest for possession of marijuana. Boarding a team plane, Marijuana was found in Anthony's back pack following a routine search. Anthony "had no idea had the drugs got there."
Friend to claim marijuana was his



2002
: Syracuse's leading scorer DeShaun Williams was arrested for allegedly hitting Nicole Wilcox, the team's mascot, during a bar fight in early May. Although Wilcox sustained an injury to her right eye that required four stitches', Williams was ultimately acquitted by a grand jury. He was released by the team following this incident.
PLUS: COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Syracuse Dismisses Its Point Guard



2001: Syracuse guard DeShaun Williams suspended three games for violation of Student Code of Conduct. Williams was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was eventually convicted of driving while ability impaired
DeShaun Williams Transfers to Iona

2001: Syracuse University Judicial Board gave Billy Edelin an indefinite suspension for his role in an alleged sexual assault. A freshman student claimed Edelin had raped her. Another claimed Edelin had sexually harassed her. Court charges were dropped because of insufficient evidence.
Billy Edelin's long ordeal isn't over yet


1998
: Former Syracuse player Derrick Blower admitted to federal charges that he served as an "enforcer" in a cocaine ring. He plead guilty to a charge of interstate travel to deal drugs in satisfaction of a four count indictment that included cocaine and weapons charges.
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1997
: Former player John Wallace faced harassment charges stemming from an incident where he allegedly punched his girl friend in the face and choked her during a quarrel over their son. Ultimately the girl friend withdraw the charges.
Wallace's Girlfriend To Drop Charges



1996
- Former player John Wallace was arrested when he failed to follow officers' instructions after being issued a ticket. Wallace was ticketed for playing his car radio too loudly during a visit to his hometown, and was ultimately arrested when he failed to follow the officers' instructions.
Wallace Is Too Noisy

1996: Forward Todd Burgan was suspended for 7 games following his breach of the Schools Student Conduct Code by "using physical harm and threat of physical harm against" a female student.
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1995
: Returning starter, Michael Lloyd was found by the NCAA ruled to have falsified his academic transcript from San Jacinto Junior College and was not qualified to be enrolled at Syracuse. As a result he not permitted to play his senior season.
#15 Michael Lloyd



1993:
Michael Edwards was suspended following his arrest in January for breaking into a car, though charges would eventually be dropped.
#12 Michael Edwards

1993: Six Syracuse basketball players were involved in a late-night confrontation at a Syracuse bar. Michael Edwards and Anthony Harris went to the apartment of teammate Conrad McRae, got a hammer, and picked up three teammates at another club, at which point the six players -- with the hammer -- went back to the bar Edwards pounded on the bar's Plexiglas windows with the hammer, demanding that the bouncers come outside and fight. Windows were also smashed on cars owned by people who had nothing to do with the bar.
Seems Orangemen Could Use A Good Dose Of Common Sense
How Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim's Public Statements Contribute To A Poisonous Atmosphere



1992:
Syracuse University's men's basketball program, traditionally a national powerhouse, was placed on two years of probation yesterday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for widespread violations involving recruits and student athletes.
COLLEGES; N.C.A.A. Calls a Two-Year Foul on Syracuse

1992: Syracuse basketball player Conrad McRae was arrested for fighting with two police officers outside a campus restaurant during a melee that involved more than 100 people.
How Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim's Public Statements Contribute To A Poisonous Atmosphere

McRae, 21, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and criminal mischief, police said. The first two charges are misdemeanors and punishable by up to a year in jail.
Jurisprudence


1991
: City police asked a judge to issue a criminal summons charging Adrian Autry with harassment for punching an ex-girlfriend.
How Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim's Public Statements Contribute To A Poisonous Atmosphere

1991: Adrian Autry hosts recruit Wilfred Kirkaldy. "Kirkaldy was told that evening by Orangemen guard Adrian Autry that a female student wanted to meet him. The police said that Kirkaldy eventually met the woman, an 18-year-old freshman alone, shared drinks with her and brought her to his room at the Sheraton University Inn." Kirkaldy was stood accused of rape but Judge J. Kevin Mulroy of the Onondaga County Court dismissed the case and lamented the damage to Kirkaldy's reputation.
BASKETBALL; A Young Basketball Star Puts Ordeal Behind Him



1990
: Police investigate Billy Owens "pummeling" a 19-year-old Syracuse resident. Billy Owens and three other men allegedly assaulted the man for throwing a snowball at a car Owens was driving. Owens was not arrested. The man declined to press charges.
How Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim's Public Statements Contribute To A Poisonous Atmosphere

1990: Syracuse Basketball Player Dave Johnson was the focus of an investigation of sexual misconduct involving a 14-year-old girl by Syracuse police.
How Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim's Public Statements Contribute To A Poisonous Atmosphere



1989:
Syracuse basketball forward Derrick Coleman was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and ordered to make restitution for damage after pleading guilty to charges of harassment and disorderly conduct. This followed a fracas in which Coleman, who was with a group of athletes unhappy about having to pay a $2.50 admission charge at a campus dance, punched a man and kicked in two doors.
An American Disgrace




1988
: Syracuse Basketball Player Derrick Coleman was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief and harassment, a violation, in 1988 following a fight and break-ins at two students' apartments.
Derrick Coleman


1981
: Syracuse basketball players Andre Hawkins and Ron Payton were charged with rape following a game at the Big East Tournament. In court today, under questioning by State Prosecutor John Bailey, Miss Sullivan, 21, said she was attempting to rebuild her life and did not wish to relive the experience - charges were dropped.
Charges of Rape Are Dismissed

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