Former SU athletics employee Springfield arraigned on charges of unlawful surveillance; accused of recording locker room videos of SU athletes

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first_imgUPDATED: Jan. 15, 10:54 p.m.Roger Springfield, former Syracuse University Athletics director of media properties and production, was arraigned in court Tuesday morning on an indictment charging him with four counts of unlawful surveillance. He is accused of videotaping male SU athletes in the Carrier Dome locker rooms.He was arraigned for unlawful surveillance in the second degree, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said at a press conference Tuesday. Springfield was released on his own recognizance. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22, though Springfield will not attend, said James McGraw, Springfield’s defense attorney.SU Department of Public Safety Chief Tony Callisto and Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank Fowler joined Fitzpatrick at the press conference.Springfield, a former sportscaster whose real name is Roger Cahak, is presumed innocent and has pleaded not guilty, Fitzpatrick said. Springfield awaits trial.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSpringfield has been indicted under a law that was put into effect Aug. 11, 2003, Fitzpatrick said. Fitzpatrick estimated the earliest recordings were from 2002 or 2003, and of the 14 uncovered videos, which involve 108 victims, four tapes fall within the statute of limitations. Three of the 14 videos occurred out of state in Tampa, Fla., Akron, Ohio and Massachusetts, Fitzpatrick said.Each of the four counts is a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in jail, Fitzpatrick said.The surreptitious recordings were discovered Dec. 6 when an SU media production staff member was examining footage from the Oct. 27 football game between Syracuse and South Florida, Fitzpatrick said.The staff member noticed that a portion of the tape labeled “Post-game locker room” appeared to be exceptionally long, and upon review, discovered inappropriate material and brought it to his supervisors’ attention, Fitzpatrick said.A search warrant authorizing the search of Springfield’s home, as well as his office and the media room at Manley Field House, was signed Dec. 11, Fitzpatrick said. SU officials suspended Springfield after the Dec. 12 search and fired him Dec. 13.The first charge of unlawful surveillance relates to the Nov. 10 football game between SU and Louisville, Fitzpatrick said. The recording showed several athletes exiting the shower area.The second charge pertains to a 2010 lacrosse game, with 14 victims identified in that tape. The third charge, for which 11 victims have been identified, involves the men’s soccer team in spring 2010, Fitzpatrick said.The fourth charge involves a video of the soccer team in April 2012, with 11 victims identified and six unidentified as of yet, Fitzpatrick said.Despite the criminal charges, McGraw said he believes no conviction will come from this.Kevin Quinn, SU senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement Tuesday that the university’s priority has been and will continue to be the well-being of its student-athletes, and that SU is appreciative of the DA and SPD’s work.“We are in direct contact with all of these specific current and former student-athletes, and the University is reaching out to offer them full access to appropriate support and assistance during this time,” Quinn said in the statement.Daryl Gross, SU’s athletic director, said in a statement that when SU Athletics became aware of the issue, action was taken immediately and the matter was referred to law enforcement authorities.“We have reached out to our student-athletes and are offering support and any assistance we can,” Gross said. “Moving forward, we are going to keep focused on continuing the successful momentum our student-athletes and teams have had in each of our sports across the board.”The investigation is still continuing, Fitzpatrick said at the press conference, but at this point there is no evidence that Springfield disseminated any of the material or has had any sexual contact with the athletes.“There should be no ongoing investigation,” McGraw said. “They’ve looked under every single leaf and rock and they’ve found nothing more than what they’ve charged him with. There’s no evidence of any sexual misbehavior or anything else. He’s married, he’s got three children, he’s led an exemplary life, he’s never been in trouble.”McGraw said investigators could go on and on if they’d like to, but they will find nothing.Officials from the DA’s office, SU and SPD are working to identify all 108 victims, Fitzpatrick said.“From the perspective of Syracuse University, the most important aspect of this is the specific students,” DPS Chief Callisto said at the press conference. “We are reaching out directly to each of the students and offering the full range of services that are available through our student affairs division to assist those students in any way that we can.” Comments Published on January 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm Contact Cheryl: cjseligm@syr.edu | @CherylSeligman Related Stories Former media director for SU athletics under investigation by SPD, district attorney’s office center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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first_img Published on June 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer The Syracuse men’s soccer team’s 2016 schedule was released on Friday afternoon. The Orange is slated to play seven teams that participated in last year’s NCAA tournament, including a matchup against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Clemson, which ended SU’s season in the national semifinal game last season. That was the deepest in the postseason the Orange has gotten in program history.Syracuse will play three preseason matchups at SU Soccer Stadium against New Hampshire, Michigan State and Ohio State. The Orange’s first regular season game will be on Aug. 26 against Massachusetts.The last regular season game of the year for SU will be a conference matchup against Wake Forest on Oct. 28. Overall, the Orange plays eight ACC contests.Below is the full 2016 schedule for the men’s soccer team.ACC games in bold* — Exhibtion gamesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSaturday Aug. 13, 4 p.m.  — vs. New Hampshire*Thursday Aug. 18, 7 p.m. — vs. Michigan State*Sunday Aug. 21, 5 p.m. — vs. Ohio State*Friday Aug. 26, 7 p.m. — vs. MassachusettsSunday Aug. 28, 7 p.m. — vs. Loyola MarymountThursday Sept. 1, 7 p.m. — vs. ColgateSunday Sept. 4, 7 p.m. — vs. St. John’sFriday Sept. 9, 7 p.m. — at North Carolina StateTuesday Sept. 13, 7 p.m. — vs. HofstraFriday Sept. 16, 7 p.m. — Boston CollegeTuesday Sept. 20, 7 p.m. — at CornellFriday Sept. 23, 7 p.m. — at Notre DameFriday Sept. 30, 7 p.m.  — vs. North CarolinaTuesady Oct. 4, 7 p.m. — at AlbanyFriday Oct. 7, 7 p.m. — at LouisvilleFriday Oct. 14, TBA — vs. Virginia TechTuessday Oct. 18, 7 p.m. — at HartfordFriday Oct. 21 7 p.m. — at ClemsonFriday Oct. 28 7 p.m. — vs. Wake Forest Comments Related Stories Syracuse’s improbable dream season shattered by Clemson in Final 4, penalty-kick lossSyracuse squanders opportunities in Final 4 loss to ClemsonTop 5 Syracuse sports storylines to look for in 2016Ben Polk header launches Syracuse to 1st Final Four in program historyFormer Syracuse players Julian Buescher and Ben Polk are selected in 1st round of MLS SuperDraftcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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first_imgGrowing up a Chicago Cubs’ fan in south central Wisconsin, I often had many disputes with my friends about which was the better team; the Cubs or the Milwaukee Brewers. Naturally, I was always outnumbered and I therefore received a great deal of ridicule for being a fan of a team that hadn’t won a World Series in what has become 105 years – pending the result of this season’s World Series, of course.Admittedly, I became a Cubs’ fan as a result of their magical run in the 2003 playoffs – what some people might call bandwagon-jumping – but I would like to think that I truly became a fan of the Lovable Losers as a result of the Cubs doing exactly what their nickname entails in the 2003 NLCS.But even if my fandom was forged by the Cubs’ graceful tumble from hero to zero in typical Cubs fashion, the fact is: losing gets old.Sure, the Brewers have been to more World Series since they became an expansion team in 1969 (one in 1982), and are a much younger franchise than the Cubs – who are the second oldest franchise in all of Major League Baseball. But regardless of the outward differences between the two teams, the two franchises are more similar than they are different.The Cubs are known for being good for the first month or so of the season and then magically becoming a completely different team and winding up in the cellar of the National League. On the other hand, the Brewers typically make it a little bit further in the season, somewhere around late July or early August, before deciding to call it quits for the season and trying to mount a collapse of their own.However, the two teams’ similarities do not just lie in their inabilities to play well in the second half of the season.Since the Brewers became part of the National League Central in 1998, they have finished in last place or second-to-last place five times, while the Cubs have done the same seven times. Also in those 15 years, the two teams have finished within two places of each other 10 times. And in only two seasons have the Cubs and Brewers finished more than three places apart.Taking into mind that the two have only made the playoffs a combined six times since the Brewers joined the NL, it seems as if both franchises – not just the Cubs – have a tendency toward a lack of success.But with the start of spring and a new year for both teams came the hopes for better seasons than the past. Unfortunately, those hopes for the Brewers and Cubs may have already been dashed just eight games into the 2013 campaign.The Cubs and Brewers both sat at 2-5 before last night’s game. So for yet another season, it would appear both franchises will finish similarly in the National League race, and yet again they will be finishing near the bottom.It may be a tad early to already have made a forgone conclusion about the upcoming season, but based on their starts, it appears neither team has anything special.The toughest pill for both squads to swallow has been the pitching performances from their closers. John Axford for the Brewers and Carlos Marmol for the Cubs have both struggled mightily in getting the final three outs of the game. The two have very similar statistics to open the season. Axford is 0-1, has blown a save, and his earned run average is 20.25, giving up six runs in 2.2 innings. Marmol is also 0-1 with a blown save, and more importantly has an ERA of 16.88, yielding 5 runs in 2.2 innings.Even beyond the less than spectacular play of the two closers, neither team really seems to possess a great amount of talent or anything that would lead the belief that either will be wildly successful this season.So the two franchises have been characteristically bad and I may have already given up on the Cubs for this season, but the question remains: Why have they both been so mediocre for so long?If there was an answer to that question, both teams would have World Series rings right now, and I wouldn’t be asking that question.But for the Cubs it’s a combination of bad moves, maybe some bad luck, and probably more than a fair share of the losing attitude – not just a curse. As for the Brewers, it has been an issue of not having enough money, and just when things start to go the right way, the key players (Prince Fielder and CC Sabathia come to mind) are whisked away by richer teams.The Pittsburgh Pirates have started to become a team trying to move out of the cellar, and the Houston Astros have vacated their NL basement of last few years for the comfort of the AL’s cellar, most likely. It raises the question: When will the Brewers or Cubs start winning?Dan Corcoran is a freshman majoring in something; he just hasn’t decided yet. Think the Brew Crew or Cubbies have a chance to win this year? Let us know by emailing sports@badgerherald.com.last_img read more