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November 28th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Comparing Syracuse, Penn State child sex abuse charges – is it fair to draw parallels?

Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine has been fired after explosive allegations surfaced of Fine sexually abusing two former ballboys. This all comes weeks after Penn State fired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for multiple charges of child sex abuse.

After the firing, head coach Jim Boeheim - who had earlier defended Fine - issued this statement.

"The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse."

ESPN has released a secretly recorded conversation in 2002 between Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, and one of the coach's accusers.

This morning on American Morning, Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim talks about the allegations and the similarities between allegations at Syracuse and Penn State.


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