NEW YORK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Syracuse University fired
assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, the target of an
investigation into allegations he molested a former ball boy
and at least one other boy, the university said on Sunday.
"At the direction of Chancellor (Nancy) Cantor, Bernie
Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated,
effective immediately," the school said on its website.
Fine, who has called the accusations against him "patently
false in every aspect," was in his 35th season with Syracuse
and the longest-serving coach at one school in major college
He was accused of inappropriate behavior with the former
ball boy, identified as Bobby Davis, now 39, and his
stepbrother Mike Lang, now 45, when they were juveniles.
Syracuse is the third major U.S. university to recently
disclose an incident involving alleged abuse, including the
announcement on Nov. 5 that a longtime assistant football coach
at Penn State was charged with sexually abusing eight boys over
nearly 15 years.
The Penn State scandal shocked the university and led to
the dismissal of legendary head football coach Joe Paterno.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)
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