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Syracuse coach fired amid abuse allegations


Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired in the wake of an investigation of child molestation allegations against him. The move came at the direction of Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

The 65-year-old Fine was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I.

Fine's firing comes in the wake of new revelations Sunday, including a third accuser.

Twenty-three-year-old Zach Tomaselli, of Lewiston, Maine, tells the AP that he told police that associate head coach Bernie Fine molested him in 2002 in a Pittsburgh hotel room. He says Fine touched him "multiple" times in that one incident.

Tomaselli is facing sexual assault charges in Maine involving a 14-year-old boy.

Tomaselli's father maintains his son is lying.

Two former Syracuse ball boys were the first to accuse Fine, who has aggressively denied the allegations.

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