MBB : John: You always know what you’re getting with Boeheim

first_img Comments Jim Boeheim had every intention of commenting on what he believed were personal attacks on his recent track record as a head coach. To him, a line had been crossed. And he wasn’t about to just let it go.It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the job or in your 35th year as the head coach at a basketball powerhouse. It’s almost impossible to keep your cool when you become the target of public criticism.That’s why it’s hard to fault Boeheim for taking issue with a graphic and an accompanied story in The Post-Standard when he stepped to the podium Monday after Syracuse’s 63-52 win over West Virginia.The graphic and story, which ran Saturday, pointed out Boeheim’s six (now seven) consecutive losses against Rick Pitino.Boeheim took issue with the fact that the graphic only showed Pitino’s 6-1 record against the Orange during his time at Louisville. It neglected to show that Boeheim has had his fair share of success against Pitino, with a 6-3 record, before Pitino took over at UL.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd after looking at the graphic, it’s understandable why Boeheim would be upset.Yet at the same time, Boeheim doesn’t exactly have an exemplary track record when it comes to making personal attacks of his own. Over the years, it’s no secret Boeheim has had his fair share of run-ins with the media. Most of the time, he is simply coming to the defense of his team or his own reputation.But on Dec. 4 following a Syracuse win over North Carolina State inside the Carrier Dome, what could have been a simple ‘next question’ became a five-minute reproach. And it became personal.During the postgame press conference, I asked Boeheim about Scoop Jardine’s shot selection. It was a question he had already addressed in part. I tried to prod for more specifics, and Boeheim wasn’t having that.‘Didn’t I just answer that question?’ Boeheim replied.Instead of it ending there, though, Boeheim came back to it after another reporter began to ask a question.‘Do you guys pass any classes?’ Boeheim said. ‘Seriously. I don’t know. Listen. You’re worse than my kids.’Fair or not, there is a strain between coaches and the media. And often times, though usually unintentional, someone crosses the line and makes it personal.Although I never really considered it to be a big deal, I still get asked about that incident occasionally. I think it’s because a lot of people who were there at the press conference thought those remarks were a bit personal. And it was far from an isolated incident for Boeheim.Some feel that line was crossed again when Boeheim came after two reporters from The Post-Standard because of the story and graphic. To him, it’s not a big deal. He was just defending himself against what he believed to be unfair criticism.On Thursday, Boeheim maintained his statements are never meant to be personal.‘There’s nothing personal about anything I’ve ever said,’ Boeheim said in a phone interview. ‘I don’t talk about somebody’s personal life. It’s business. It’s not personal. Personal is when you attack somebody’s character or what they do off the court or off their job. That’s personal. Their integrity, their honesty or whatever.‘But everybody has their own opinion, and I’ve had my say, and it’s over. It’s no big deal. People are making some big deal about it. It’s not.’It’s interesting to note that despite Syracuse’s win over West Virginia, which gave the Orange its 21st victory of the season, the conflict came with four games remaining in the regular season and a NCAA Tournament bid awaiting.‘We’ve got four games left and have won 21 games, but the season is over with in some people’s minds,’ Boeheim said Monday. ‘It never ceases to amaze me.’The reality is Syracuse is just one game out of third place in the best league in the country with four games left to play.It doesn’t matter if you cover the team or simply watched some games this season. It’s difficult to deny Boeheim’s squad has shown flashes this season, despite a recent 3-6 stretch. This is the same team that won 18 in a row.And whether he’s making wise cracks or busting on you for asking a stupid question in the postgame press conference, you know what you’re getting from him.That’s Jim Boeheim.Like a lot of us, he sometimes takes things personal, too. If you’re going to criticize his team or his recent record against another coach, make sure it’s fair.And heading into the last four games of the regular season, with a lot still left to play for, it’s time to hold the criticism and wait and see what happens.Andrew L. John is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aljohn@syr.edu. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Full Syracuse basketball schedule with ACC dates and matchups

first_imgSyracuse’s full schedule was released by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Wednesday, showing what the Orange will be up against in its third season in the league.And maybe most importantly, the announcement made clear what games head coach Jim Boeheim will miss for his nine-game conference suspension, should it not be reduced by Syracuse’s pending appeal to the NCAA. As of now, Boeheim will be replaced by Mike Hopkins as head coach the following matchups: Pittsburgh (road), at Miami (road), Clemson (home), North Carolina (home), Boston College (home), Wake Forest (road), Duke (road), Virginia (road) and Notre Dame (home). If this is how it shakes out, Boeheim will make his return to the bench at home against Georgia Tech on Jan. 30.Below is Syracuse’s full schedule announced by the ACC today. Note that all TBD’s are for game times that have not yet been determined. If a definitive TV listing was not released by the ACC it does not appear on the schedule. Any conference game without a TV listing is either going to be on the ACC Network or a regional sports network.NovemberNov. 2 vs. Le Moyne, TBA, Carrier Dome (Exhibition)Nov. 8 vs. Florida Southern, TBA, Carrier Dome (Exhibition)Nov. 13 vs. Lehigh, TBA, Carrier DomeNov. 17 vs. St. Bonaventure, TBA, Carrier DomeNov. 21 Battle 4 Atlantis vs. Elon, TBA, Carrier DomeNov. 25 Battle 4 Atlantis vs. Charlotte, 2:30 p.m., Paradise Island, BahamasNov. 26 Battle 4 Atlantis vs. Connecticut/Michigan, TBA, Paradise Island, BahamasNov. 27 Battle 4 Atlantis vs. TBD, TBA, Paradise Island, BahamasDecember Dec. 2 Big Ten/ACC Challenge vs. Wisconsin, 7:15 p.m., Carrier DomeDec. 5 at Georgetown, TBA, Verizon CenterDec. 8 vs. Colgate, TBA, ESPNU, Carrier DomeDec. 13 at St. John’s, TBA, Madison Square GardenDec. 19 vs. Cornell, TBA, Carrier DomeDec. 22 vs. Montana State, TBA, ESPNU, Carrier DomeDec. 27 vs. Texas Southern, TBA, Carrier DomeDec. 30 at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m., ESPN2 Petersen Events CenterAdvertisementThis is placeholder textJanuary — All conference playJan. 2 at Miami, TBD, BankUnited CenterJan. 5 vs. Clemson, TBD, Carrier DomeJan. 9 vs. North Carolina, TBD, ESPN, Carrier DomeJan. 13 vs. Boston College, TBD, Carrier DomeJan. 16 at Wake Forest, TBD, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial ColiseumJan. 18 at Duke, 7 p.m., ESPN, Cameron Indoor StadiumJan. 23 at Virginia, noon, John Paul Jones ArenaJan. 28 vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2, Carrier DomeJan. 30 vs. Georgia Tech, noon, ESPNU, Carrier DomeFebruary — All conference playFeb. 2 vs. Virginia Tech, TBD, Carrier DomeFeb. 11 vs. Florida State, 7 p.m., Carrier DomeFeb. 14 at Boston College, TBD, Conte ForumFeb. 17 at Louisville, 7 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2, KFC Yum! CenterFeb. 20 vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2, Carrier DomeFeb. 27 vs. N.C. State, TBD, Carrier DomeFeb. 29 at North Carolina, 7 p.m. Dean E. Smith CenterMarch — All conference playMarch 5 at Florida State, ESPN/ESPN 2, TBD, Donald L. Tucker Center Comments Published on September 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more