Syracuse University chancellor Nancy Cantor gave Orange head coach Jim Boeheim her verbal support while speaking with state officials in Albany on an unrelated matter, according to a report by the Associated Press. Boeheim has been under fire after long-time assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amidst a sexual abuse investigation.
“Coach Boeheim is our coach; he’s getting the team ready tonight,” Cantor said Tuesday. “We’re very pleased with what he said Sunday night, and we stand by it.”
Syracuse played Eastern Michigan Tuesday night. Boeheim took the floor to a standing ovation from the Carrier Dome crowd.
Boeheim initially said that the accusers were lying and in search of a cash settlement. He has since backed off those statements considerably.
“What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found,” Boeheim said after Fine, who has continually denied the allegations, was fired. “I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.”