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Does Larry Brown’s suspension affect Jim Boeheim’s appeal?

Earlier in the week, SMU coach Larry Brown was suspended for 9 games due to academic infractions. The Mustangs burst on to the college basketball scene in recent years, and have become a force in the new AAC. But now that growth seems to be stunted after the punishment to the program and coach Larry Brown.

Now, what does this have to do with a pending appeal of Jim Boeheim? The SU coach will be in Indianapolis Monday to have his appeals hearing, according to multiple reports this week. There was even an initial report that Boeheim was re-filing his appeal.

Boeheim was suspended 9 league games, while Brown was suspended just 9 games. And realistically, they were suspended for very similar infractions when you look at the wording of the violations. So why is Boeheim banned for 9 ACC games when Brown is just suspended for the first 9 games?

Initially, it didn’t look like Boeheim had much to stand on in his appeal, but now, the SMU/Larry Brown revelations likely flipped Boeheim’s appeal case on its head. He now has a legitimate case to point to as something that was similar offenses, with differing penalties.

As of now, Boeheim is suspended 9 ACC games, and he would miss games against Pitt, UNC, Duke, UVA, and Notre Dame.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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