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SPECIAL EDITION mon day, nov em ber 2 8 , 2 01 1 FINE FIRED t h e i n de pe n de n t s t u de n t n e w spa pe r of s y r acuse , n e w yor k Three accusers have come forward SU thrust into national spotlight Fine placed on leave Nov. 17 by chancellor Chancellor ends Fine’s SU tenure Third person details abuse allegations By Debbie Truong ASST. NEWS EDITOR By Michael Cohen A third person has stepped forward and accused Bernie Fine, former associate head coach of men’s basketball, of sexual molestation. The accusations prompted a search of Fine’s home Friday that lasted hours long. Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, told Syracuse police he was molested by Fine in a hotel the night before SU played an away game against Pittsburgh in 2002, according to an article published in The Post-Standard on Sunday. Tomaselli, who was 13 years old at the time and lived 78 miles north of Syracuse, said nobody witnessed the alleged abuse and he has no physical evidence of the SPORTS EDITOR Bernie Fine, the associate head coach for men’s basketball at Syracuse University, was fired Sunday amid allegations of sexual abuse. The termination comes in the aftermath of allegations that Fine sexually assaulted two former ball boys and another youth. The announcement was made in a statement from Kevin Quinn, SU’s senior vice president for public affairs, on the university website “At the direction of Chancellor (Nancy) Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective bobby yarbrough | staff photographer SEE TOMASELLI PAGE 5 Editor’s Note The Daily Orange publication calendar did not include a paper for the Monday after Fall Break, but because of the developing story about Bernie Fine, former associate head coach for men’s basketball, and the allegations of sexual abuse that have been brought against him, the editors at The D.O. felt it was important to have one. No advertisements appear in the paper to focus on the content. We hope our readers will continue to follow the story through The D.O. and, as always, feel free to voice their opinions about the news happening on campus with a Letter to the Editor. Send any comments, concerns or questions to Fine dismissed after phone call released SEE FINE PAGE 2 Police search Fine’s house after Fine’s wife admitted concerns in third accuser comes forward ‘02 phone call with accuser Davis By Debbie Truong ASST. NEWS EDITOR Police searched the DeWitt home of former Syracuse men’s basketball associate head coach Bernie Fine on Friday afternoon, according to an article published by The PostStandard. State troopers stood in the driveway to Fine’s home, located at 7001 Tiffany Circle at 2:25 p.m., according to the article. Three officers were seen looking through Fine’s garbage bins, and six or more police vehicles lined the street. Fine is accused of molesting two former Syracuse ball boys and a third youth. Fine was fired from the university Sunday night. The search began at approximately 1:45 p.m. A state police officer told The Post-Standard that police from several agencies were carrying out a search warrant. Police were spotted speaking to SEE SEARCH PAGE 5 By Mark Cooper ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Bernie Fine’s wife admitted to concerns about her husband’s molestation of a Syracuse University men’s basketball team ball boy in their home in a 2002 tape-recorded telephone conversation, according to an article and video published by ESPN on Sunday. Bobby Davis accused Fine, a former SU associate head coach, of molesting him for more than a dozen years, begin- ning when Davis was in the seventh grade. Davis legally recorded a phone call with Laurie Fine, Fine’s wife, on Oct. 8, 2002, according to the LAURIE FINE article. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” obtained the recording of the phone call from Davis and hired a voice SEE LAURIE FINE PAGE 2

November 28, 2011: Special Edition

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