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Nov292011

Victims Group Demands Ouster of Syracuse Head Basketball Coach

Nate Shron/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- With his longtime assistant gone, is Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim's job safe?

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says it's time Syracuse University also cut ties with Boeheim for first denigrating two men who charged Bernie Fine with sexually abusing them as youngsters.

Fine was fired Sunday after a third man came forward to allege that he too was molested by the 65-year-old coach.  The firing also followed a broadcast on ESPN of a taped phone conversation between Fine's wife, Laurie, and accuser Bobby Davis in 2002 in which she acknowledged her husband had likely molested Davis when he served as the team's ball boy.

When the story about Fine broke two weeks ago, Boeheim defended Fine and accused Davis and his relative, Mike Lang, of trying to cash in on the scandal that he said was perpetuated by sex abuse charges filed against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

On Sunday, Boeheim changed his tune, saying, "I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse."

However, David Clohessy, the director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said Boeheim's apology won't undo the harm he's caused and demanded that Syracuse fire the coach.

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