By Lauren Sinatra SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse hosted a “Why Sports Matter” seminar featuring panel discussions with sports experts regarding issues in today’s media. The three panels discussed ethics, domestic violence, and sports content and most of the sports experts were alumni of Syracuse and more specifically, the Newhouse school.
Before the first panel discussion about sports ethics, John Garcia Jr., recruiter for scouts.com, gave his opinion about the Syracuse Men’s Basketball team’s self imposed ban after a long investigation with the NCAA. He believed it was a smart decision for the team to self impose the ban because the NCAA has taken its time with previous investigations at other universities and Syracuse wanted to avoid any surprises.
“If they would have waited, possibly made a run in the ACC tournament, and then all of a sudden the NCAA comes down with something for this season, then all of a sudden those kids miss out unexpectedly…at least this way, these kids know that they are playing for pride right now,” Garcia explains.
He also argues that the team will move on from this investigation and continue to be the center of Syracuse University athletics in the future.
“Basketball is still sort of the bread and butter…so as long as Jim Boeheim is here, as long as the program is winning, as much as it has of late, despite some up and down this year, I think Syracuse athletics will always be prominent.”