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SU students concerned about future of athletics program after Fine allegations

By HILARY LANE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKTV) - "Coach Boeheim is our coach. We stand by him" - that is the word from Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor when asked what action, if any, will be taken against the head basketball coach.

The statement is the newest development amid the investigation of child molestation allegations against now fired assistant coach Bernie Fine.

The Syracuse University men's basketball team will play their first game since Fine's termination on Tuesday evening. Many Orange fans gearing up for the game seem to have mixed emotions and unanswered questions when it comes to the future of the basketball program.

"I think there is more to learn here," says Greg Munno, an SU graduate student. "As a fan of the Orangemen, I am not optimistic. As more comes out and news keeps breaking, I do not think it's going to look good for Jim Boeheim."

Some are concerned about the changing nature of Jim Boeheim's remarks. He first called the victims liars and then a few days later changed his tune.

"He made a complete 180," says Lindsey Lerman, a junior at Syracuse University. "Maybe he is just trying to keep his job and I don't want to say that, but it's a complete 180 in such a short period of time."

However, one thing is for sure - Syracuse University is finding itself in the national spotlight.

"It's the hot topic of conversation," says Munno. "Everyone asked me what I thought about the situation. It's definitely on people's minds."

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