Nightly News | November 28, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: As you may know, college sports has been rocked by yet another scandal involving allegations of sexual abuse. Syracuse University last night fired its longtime assistant basketball coach after three men accused him of molestation back in the '70s and '80s. Our report tonight from NBC 's Jay Gray .
JAY GRAY reporting: Bernie Fine has helped lead the Syracuse Orangemen to NCAA I victories for more than 30 years. His plaque hangs in the Syracuse Basketball Hall of Fame . But Fine was fired this weekend following allegations he sexually assaulted at least three boys. One of his alleged victims spoke to ESPN .
Mr. BOBBY DAVIS (Alleged Molestation Victim): He started trying to touch me and things like that, you know, and I -- honestly, I don't even remember if I thought that was what was supposed to happen, you know. I cringed up and didn't want it to happen.
GRAY: Bobby Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang say the abuse started in the '80s when they were Syracuse ball boys. Concerned that no one would believe his story, Davis says he recorded a phone call in 2002 with Fine 's wife, Laurie , which ESPN aired this weekend.
Ms. LAURIE FINE: 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.
GRAY: Why ESPN waited 10 years to air the tape is unclear. The network didn't respond to our request for comment. In 2005 , Syracuse police and the university investigated allegations, but charges were never filed. Now a third accuser, Zach Tomaselli , claims Fine assaulted him in a Pittsburgh hotel in 2002 .
Mr. ZACH TOMASELLI: I have a feeling that, you know, there could be many other victims in this case as well. And if somebody, you know, didn't back up Bobby Davis in his story, then this could continue.
GRAY: In a separate case, Tomaselli faces charges he molested a 14-year-old boy. He's pleaded not guilty. Federal agents searched coach Fine 's home for six hours on Friday. He's not been formally charged and has called the allegations patently false. Jay Gray, NBC News, Syracuse .