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SU will discuss NCAA sanctions Monday; decision on appeal coming soon

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Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim talking to players. Boeheim was suspended nine conference games by the NCAA. He's considering an appeal.

Syracuse University could make a decision on whether to appeal harsh sanctions against its athletic department from the NCAA as early as next week.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud and other university officials plan to sit down Monday to discuss the penalties and fines handed down from the college athletics governing body. In a letter to university faculty, interim Vice Chancellor Liz Liddy detailed the meeting and timeline.

Liddy told the university the college only got a copy of the 94-page report two hours before it was made public Friday. "Since that time, Chancellor Syverud and I, along with the entire executive team, have worked diligently to fully understand the report, the issues raised, and the sanctions imposed," she wrote.

The NCAA conducted a lengthy investigation into academic cheating and other rule violations within the Orange basketball and to a lesser extent football programs.

The university says it doesn’t agree with the penalties, which include a nine game suspension for basketball coach Jim Boeheim and the forfeit of about 100 wins.

Liddy wrote: "In the next week or so, a decision will be made regarding the University’s next steps on this matter. Whether we decide to appeal portions of the report is yet to be determined."

The S.U. basketball season is already over, as it self-imposed a postseason ban, which did little, if anything, to damper the blow from the NCAA.

Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees released a statement Wednesday expressing support for Univeristy Chancellor Kent Syverud. The board plans to meet about the sanctions on Tuesday.