Another scandal alleging child sexual abuse involving a high-profile college coach is rocking the sports community.
Syracuse University fired assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine late Sunday night after three men accused him of abusing them as boys, CNN reports.
Fine was put on administrative leave earlier this month, after a former Syracuse ball boy and his stepbrother accused him of molesting them as kids. In a statement, the university's chancellor said the school conducted its own investigation in 2005 and was "unable to find any corroboration of the allegations."
Hours before the school announced Fine's ouster, the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper and ESPN both reported on a recording of a 2002 phone conversation that they say the former ball boy recorded between him and the coach's wife. The conversation outlines past abuse.
At the time, Fine's wife said she had been taped during a number of phone calls, and that the recordings were edited to make them sound inflammatory.
Lawyers for Bernie Fine aren't commenting on the reports, but did release a statement: "Any comment from (Fine) would only invite and perpetuate ancient and suspect claims," the lawyers said. "Mr. Fine remains hopeful of a credible and expeditious review of the relevant issues by law enforcement authorities."