Report: '05 Syracuse probe found no abuse evidence

By Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - An investigation ordered by Syracuse
University in 2005 into sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant basketball coach found no witnesses who believed the accuser's story.

The report obtained by the Post-Standard of Syracuse shows in detail how the school reacted to accusations against then-assistant coach Bernie Fine by former ball boy Bobby Davis.

Fine has denied the accusations.

ESPN first aired Davis's accusations in the fall. But Davis had approached police and the media years earlier. Syracuse University had a law firm look into the clams after Davis contacted them in 2005.

The university took statements from seven people. Most people interviewed said they believed Davis was a liar and that he likely made up the allegations because he was angry at Fine. Head coach
Jim Boeheim was not formally interviewed.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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