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November 27, 2011
Syracuse fires Bernie Fine, coach accused of molestation: The case against Fine, who has faced these allegations for many years, intensified in recent weeks for multiple reasons. First, ESPN reported the story after a second victim came forward. Second, a third victim came forward after ESPN ran the story. And third, a particularly devastating phone call with a woman, believed to be Fine’s wife Laurie, was recorded by one of the alleged victims. In the phone call, the woman said this to the victim: "I know everything that went on, you know. I know everything that went on with him … Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues … And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted …" (To add a particularly strange angle to the story, the victim who recorded the call says he had a sexual relationship with Laurie Fine when he was 18, which he later told the coach about.) All in all, the allegations became too much for Fine to overcome, and the school let him go Sunday night.
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