The NCAA decreased the scholarship penalty enforced on Syracuse back in March.
Syracuse now will lose only eight scholarships over a four-year period as opposed to a 12-scholarship reduction over four years. In a statement on its website, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee said the reduction in scholarships “were a departure from precedent and modified the reduction.” The scholarship reductions will take place from the 2015-16 season through the 2018-19 season.
Also, the NCAA announced that it upheld the vacation of wins of games that ineligible students competed in and the financial penalty originally announced. Coach Jim Boeheim’s appeal of his suspension is still pending within the committee.
Back in March, the NCAA announced punishments in relation to academic misconduct and the lack of the athletic department or coach monitoring the program over the course of a decade. This resulted in the scholarship loss amended here, a nine-game suspension for Boeheim at the start of ACC play, the vacation of 101 wins from the school, and the school self-imposing a postseason ban for the 2014-15.
As far as what this means immediately for Syracuse, the Orange will now be able to go out and add one more player within this upcoming 2016 class. They have already signed a pair of strong wings in Tyus Battle and Matthew Moyer. According to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball projections, they are also the clear leader for center Taurean Thompson, a 6-9 center who is considered one of the better players at his position in the class. It’ll be interesting to see if that holds up with the addition of scholarship.