Former Syracuse Orange Coach Bernie Fine at Final Four

By Joseph Nardone
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

It is amazing how quick people were to report on the former Syracuse Orange assistant, Bernie Fine, scandal. It was not too long ago that Fine found himself wrongfully accused of molesting children. ESPN was fast to report on it and throw Fine under the bus, but was not as quick to discredit the sources of the accusations or clear Fine’s name when it was clear he didn’t do anything wrong.

Fine, who has been cleared of the charges, is in Atlanta to watch the Final Four and his former employer battle it out for a spot in the National Title game.

When asked if he would attend the game in person, Fine was unsure if he was going to do that or just watch it on the picture-box. While Fine is in town for the game, he is not there as a part of the Syracuse program. The two are at completely different hotels and it is unaware if Jim Boeheim knows he is town (not that it should matter).

The former assistant was fired in 2011 after the molestation charges were brought to the attention to the school. ESPN played a major role in making Fine look very villainous and the latter is suing the former for defamation.

The brief talk he had with marked the first time he has talked to the media in 16 months. Even more so, it was the first time that the media is starting to treat hims as a wrongfully accused man rather than a person who was deemed guilty through shabby investigations by media outlets.


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