Tony Kornheiser isn't the only thing affiliated with Binghamton that's on leave.
The school's basketball team, which resides in the America East conference and just finished up a 13-18 season with a loss at Vermont Sunday, will not be making the trip to Hartford this weekend for postseason play.
After numerous discussions and considerations of the possible distractions that may occur this weekend, Binghamton University has elected not to participate in the 2010 America East Men’s Basketball tournament.
This action is being done voluntarily as part of our commitment to move forward as we develop a comprehensive plan to address the recommendations of the recent review.
As you can see, according to Binghamton brass, this was a move made on their behalf to benefit the rest of the teams that try to chase the auto bid for a dance ticket. But the New York Times claims it has sources who say it was pretty much a forced-hand situation. Evidence that supports this comes from the fact the conference didn't send out the matchups as soon as the America East season ended Sunday night.
The timing of the announcement indicated that Binghamton did not plan on withdrawing voluntarily from the tournament. The America East delayed the release of its conference matchups for more than 24 hours because of the situation.
Quick refresher: Binghamton reached its first NCAA tournament last season, but it was later uncovered that the program flirted with the devil in order to do so.
Drugs, academic violations and a coach who turned a blind eye to it all led to half a dozen players being kicked off the team and Mark Macon (pictured above) taking over the interim role. Oh, and the athletic director, Joel Thirer, resigned under the turmoil happening in central New York as well.
Then came the audit of the school, which cost nearly $1 million dollars to do and birthed a 99-page take-down of all Binghamton had done wrong en route to risking NCAA glory.
From Cinderella wannabe to just, well, wannabe in less than 12 months.