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Syracuse to be stripped of 2006 Big East title, other key wins

March 14 2014: Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim during the ACC 2014 basketball tournament game between Syracuse Orange and North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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For the first time since the NCAA slapped Syracuse with penalties 19 months ago, some clarity’s surfaced on which of the 101 wins its hoops program will be vacating.

Four of them will be the Orange’s historic run to the 2006 Big East tournament championship, Mike Waters of Syracuse.com reports. Of the 101 wins vacated, two entire seasons’ worth of victories will be erased — 2005-06 and 2011-12. Both seasons resulted in Syracuse advancing to the NCAA tournament. Syracuse will also lose select wins from the 2004-05, ’06-’07 and ’10-’11 seasons.

Syracuse will lose all 23 wins from the ’05-’06 season and all 34 from ’11-’12. It earned a No. 1 seed in the latter campaign, when the team advanced to the Elite Eight. The Gerry McNamara-led 2006 tournament title propelled the Orange to a No. 5 NCAA seed in 2006 before they suffered a first-round defeat. The 2006 Big East tourney championship was Syracuse’s most recent tournament title. The university’s official record book will list the team as 0-3 in 2011-12 and 0-12 in ’05-’06.

The Orange, per Waters, will vacate 15 wins from the 2004-05 campaign, putting its official record that season at 12-7. For the 2006-07 slate, the Orange lost 22 wins, so that NIT-qualifying season is now listed as a 2-11 showing. Jim Boeheim’s violations caused his program to lose seven wins in the 2010-11 season.

This bumps Boeheim back to 884 wins entering this season.

Syracuse’s 2005 Big East tournament championship’s validity has not been finalized yet, so that banner several leftovers from the 2003 national championship season helped earn could remain in the Carrier Dome for the time being. As for ’06, likely the program’s most memorable conference tournament — one that included two McNamara buzzer-beaters to lift the Orange past Cincinnati and No. 1-ranked Connecticut and off the NCAA bubble — will go the way of the UNLV and Fab Five-era Michigan banners.

Fab Melo missed the 2012 NCAA tournament due to ineligibility, so this week’s revelations indicate another ineligible player participated for the Orange in their four March Madness tilts, Waters reports. Syracuse won three games before losing to Ohio State in the Elite Eight.

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