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Daryl Gross Moves to New Post at SU; Jim Boeheim to Retire in Three Years

By Staff

 

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Syracuse University’s athletic director, Daryl Gross, will no longer hold the position, and will instead serve as vice president and special assistant to the chancellor, and adjunct professor at the school, SU chancellor Kent Syverud stated.

In addition, Syverud said coach Jim Boeheim will remain as head basketball coach at the school for three more years, and then retire.

The decisions have come following the release of an NCAA report March 6, which found severe infractions had been committed by the school’s athletic department over the past 10 years, and had resulted in several sanctions being handed to the school’s basketball program.

Penalties from the NCAA included a vacation of wins in which ineligible students participated; fines totaling more than $1 million; a nine conference game suspension for Boeheim; five years of probation; and a reduction of three men’s basketball scholarships per year for four years at the school.

“As part of my discussions with him, Dr. Gross has asked to conclude his tenure as Director of Athletics, and transition to a new role at the university that can benefit from his background, and experience, in the areas of marketing and advancement,” Syverud stated. “He believes this transition will allow SU Athletics to move forward, and ­position itself for continued future success. Effective today, Dr. Gross will serve as vice president and special assistant to the chancellor, and adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Dr. Gross has embraced this opportunity, and we look forward to his continued contributions.”

Regarding Boeheim, Syverud stated, “His goal in making this decision and announcement now is to bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years, and enable and plan for a successful, longer-term transition in coaching leadership. Coach Boeheim’s commitment to ensuring that the men’s basketball program remains strong, even after his tenure, is just one more example of his deep loyalty to our university.”

In addition, Gross released the following statement, in part, regarding his new position:

“Today, I am announcing that, after 10 years of leading the Syracuse University Department of Athletics, I have decided that it is time for me to take on new challenges. I am truly humbled and honored to have served. It has been an amazing 10 years in which we have had some of the best successes and accomplishments in the history of the program and established that our teams are among the elite in the nation across the board, on the field and in the classroom. We are truly proud of the transformational changes, most notably our move to the ACC, which has shaped and strengthened our program for years to come.”

“Now, I am excited and grateful to take on a new opportunity, offered to me by Chancellor Syverud, to become vice president and special assistant to the chancellor, and adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. My focus will be on marketing, branding and advancement for this great institution, while teaching sports management in this nationally recognized college.”

However, despite Gross’s removal, and Boehiem’s planned retirement, Syverud said the school still plans to appeal certain findings and penalties in the NCAA report, and will support Coach Boeheim should he choose to do the same.

“The university accepts some of the penalties imposed by the committee, but will appeal the vacation of certain wins for the men’s basketball program and the reduction in men’s basketball scholarships,” Syverud stated. “The decision to appeal is not taken lightly. However, based on the facts and a review of previous NCAA infractions decisions, the university believes the impact of these specific penalties is excessive and disproportionate. The university also will support Coach Boeheim should he choose to appeal penalties that affect him personally.”

In addition, Syverud said he has currently appointed Peter Sala, senior associate director of athletics for facilities and the managing director of the Carrier Dome, to serve as interim director of athletics.

CLICK HERE to read Syverud’s full statement.