SYRACUSE, N.Y. » The NCAA has upheld its nine-game suspension of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, but he will be allowed to begin serving it immediately.
The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee issued its ruling today, saying Boeheim was not directly involved in underlying violations of academic misconduct, extra benefits and the university’s drug testing policy.
The Committee on Infractions had ruled in March that the suspension be served during Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The change means the 71-year-old Boeheim will now miss six non-conference games and only three ACC games, returning for North Carolina on Jan. 9. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins will lead No. 14 Syracuse on Saturday at Georgetown.
The suspensions and sanctions against the university were imposed in March after a long-term investigation of Syracuse’s athletic department.
Boeheim appealed and called the penalties “unduly harsh.”
Last week, the NCAA restored four basketball scholarships it had originally stripped from Syracuse, reducing the number to eight over four years rather than 12.