Boeheim still a coach for US Olympic team

By Eddie Pells

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Dec. 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim, center, enters the Carrier Dome for NCAA college basketball practice, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Syracuse, N.Y. Federal authorities have searched a locker in the Syracuse University basketball center in their investigation of former assistant coach Bernie Fine, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case.

Heather Ainsworth, Associated Press

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Jim Boeheim's spot on the coaching staff of the U.S. basketball team is secure, though the U.S. Olympic Committee is monitoring the child sex abuse investigation of Boeheim's longtime assistant at Syracuse.

Boeheim is the top assistant to Mike Krzyzewski on the team that will play at the 2012 London Olympics.

Asked about Boeheim's status, USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said, "Jim Boeheim is a member of the USA Men's National Team coaching staff.'"

The USOC declined comment, though a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the federation is following the issue. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Three men, including two former Syracuse ballboys, have accused Boeheim's longtime assistant Bernie Fine of molesting them as minors.

Fine, who was fired Sunday, has denied the allegations.

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