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    Syracuse University fires Bernie Fine after molestation allegations

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- Allegations of sexual abuse against young boys has cost another college coach his job. Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired last night after a bombshell was dropped in his alleged abuse case.

    Bernie Fine's coaching days are over at Syracuse University. The assistant basketball coach, who's accused of molesting two former ball boys, was fired after ESPN released a potentially damning phone conversation from 2002.

    On one end, is a woman identified as Fine's wife, Laurie. On the other is one of Fine's accusers, now 39-year-old Bobby Davis, who secretly recorded the conversation. Mark Schwarz with ESPN says, "He was determined that Laurie Fine who he says had a window into the abuse; in fact, literally one time saw the abuse going on in the home through a basement window with her husband and Bobby Davis, and she alleged that that actually did happen on the tape."

    Laurie Fine told a local newspaper Davis may have edited the phone recording to make it appear more inflammatory. According to WCSH, a third accuser has also come forward, 23-year-old Zach Tomaselli.

    Tomaselli has trouble of his own. He's facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Maine. Tomaselli claims Fine molested him in a Pittsburgh hotel when he was 13. But his own father calls him a liar. Fred Tomaselli says, "Never brought him to a game in Pittsburgh or let him go to a game in Pittsburgh...So it's all fabricated."

    Bernie Fine's attorneys released a statement, saying, quote: "Mr. Fine will not comment on newspaper stories beyond his initial statement. Any comment from him would only invite and perpetuate ancient and suspect claims. Mr. Fine remains hopeful of a credible and expeditious review of the relevant issues by law enforcement authorities."

    No charges have been filed against Fine. Head coach Jim Boeheim backed off his earlier defense of Fine. He says the university took the appropriate step in firing Fine.

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