Syracuse University has fired longtime assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been fired amid allegations that he sexually abused up to three boys.
Fine, 65, was in his 36th year with the famed basketball program, and held the longest active streak of consecutive seasons with one school among Division One assistant coaches.
At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately, said Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, in a statement.
Fine's dismissal follows an ESPN report that provided taped phone conversations from Bobby Davis, one of Fine's accusers, with Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, about details of the abuse.
ESPN's Mark Schwartz reported that a source said Davis produced Laurie Fine as a witness for a Syracuse panel which was investigating allegations of Bernie Fine's sexual misconduct in 2005, and that Laurie Fine told the panel that Davis was a liar, and that she knew nothing, and that it's a joke.
A third accuser came forward on Sunday. According to the Associated Press, Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, said he told police that Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room, and claims Fine touched him multiple times in one incident.
He told the AP in a phone interview that he signed an affidavit accusing Fine following a meeting with Syracuse police last week in Albany.
Tomaselli faces sexual assault charges of his own in Maine involving a 14-year-old boy. He has pleaded not guilty following his April arrest on 11 warrants charging gross sexual assault, tampering with a victim, two counts of unlawful sexual contact, five counts of visual sexual aggression against a child, and unlawful sexual touching and unlawful sexual contact, according to Lewiston police.
Meanwhile, Tomaselli's father claims his son is lying about his claims against Fine.
Here is an ESPN video from Outside the Lines that details the phone conversation between Laurie Fine and Davis: