Boeheim apologizes for questioning Fine accusers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A contrite Jim Boeheim apologized again Friday night after another big victory.

The beleaguered Syracuse basketball coach said he had talked to
some people in the community and wanted to make three points clear
after the No. 4 Orange defeated No. 10 Florida, 72-68.

"I believe I misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made. I shouldn't have questioned what the accusers expressed or their motives. I am really sorry that I did that, and I regret any harm that I caused," he said.

"It was insensitive for the individuals involved and especially to the overall issue of child abuse."

He also said it was important that he get involved in terms of raising awareness.

"They need to get the message out," he said. "I'm going to do everything I can to do that, whether I'm coaching or not coaching."

This was the second game since the firing of longtime associate head coach Bernie Fine, who has been accused by three men - including two former Syracuse ballboys - of molesting them as

Fine, who was fired Sunday, has denied the allegations.

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