Reports: NCAA investigating Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse has been under investigation for possible NCAA violations, mostly in its basketball program, for at least a year, according to two media reports.
CBS Sports.com, citing an unidentified source, reported Wednesday that the school has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA.
The Post-Standard reported NCAA investigators have been conducting interviews with Syracuse employees and former employees. The newspaper said the investigation includes the handling of former player Fab Melo's academic eligibility.
In 2012, the star center was declared ineligible for the NCAA tournament days before it started.
The school also acknowledged last year the college sports governing body had inquired into old allegations that players were allowed to practice and play despite being in violation of the school's drug policy.
This season, forward James Southerland sat out six games during the season for an academic issue.
CBS Sports reports the investigation is not related to sexual assault allegations made against former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine in 2011.
Messages seeking comment left for NCAA and Syracuse officials were not immediately returned.
Syracuse plays Montana in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday in San Jose, Calif.