Boeheim, SU lawyers: Suit is only headline fodder

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Lawyers for Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY'-hym) say two men suing them for defamation are only out to generate salacious headlines.

They say in court papers filed Wednesday that Bobby Davis and his stepbrother, Michael Lang, are filing needless motions.

Davis and Lang claim Boeheim defamed them by calling them liars out to make money with accusations that Bernie Fine, Boeheim's longtime assistant, molested them.

The 66-year-old Fine was fired Nov. 27. He has not been charged and has denied wrongdoing.

Last week, the lawyer for Davis and Lang filed an affidavit claiming Fine's wife Laurie had sex with Syracuse players and seeking names and addresses for players from a five-year span. This week's court papers say the claims are headline-grabbing tactics meant to smear the university.