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Syracuse concludes hearing with NCAA

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has completed a hearing before the NCAA on potential NCAA violations.

The two-day hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions concluded Friday in Chicago. School spokesman Kevin Quinn declined to offer details, but said none of the potential violations involves current student-athletes.

”The university is fully committed to ensuring compliance with all NCAA regulations and maintaining the highest standards of integrity and responsibility,” Quinn said in a statement. ”With this significant step in the process complete, we look forward to reviewing the committee’s findings and resolving this matter.”

The probe of the athletic department involves issues with both the men’s basketball program and football. Quinn said those issues ”occurred years ago” with the exception of some in basketball between 2010 and early 2012.

In March 2012, school officials said the university had self-reported possible violations of its internal drug policy by former members of the team and that the NCAA was investigating. None of the members of that team was involved.

The school also acknowledged the NCAA had inquired into old allegations that players were allowed to practice and play despite being in violation of the school’s drug policy.

Among those who attended the hearing were football coach Scott Shafer and basketball coach Jim Boeheim, who has declined to answer any specific questions about the investigation.

”We don’t discuss anything that happens, or has happened, with the NCAA,” Boeheim said at the team’s media day two weeks ago.

In 2012, former center Fab Melo was declared ineligible for the NCAA tournament days before it started. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said the university declared Melo ineligible. Melo also missed three Big East games during the season because of an academic issue.

In the 2012-13 season, former forward James Southerland sat out six games for an academic issue related to a term paper but played in the NCAA tournament and helped lead the Orange to the Final Four.

Quinn said the university first self-reported violations to the NCAA in 2007 and has since reformed and strengthened existing policies and procedures and realigned and improved a range of student-athlete support services.

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