Jim Boeheim: “I’m pretty much ready to go play golf somewhere.”
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 9, 2013
Following a 61-39 blowout loss to rival Georgetown, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told reporters that he is “pretty much ready to go play golf somewhere” — not exactly the vote of confidence for an Orange team gearing up to make one last run at the Big East Tourney title and into the Big Dance before making the leap to the ACC.
In terms of historical production, there is very little left in the world of college basketball for Boeheim to accomplish. Not only did he and star Carmelo Anthony win it all in 2003, but Boeheim has led ‘Cuse to a Final Four berth in three different decades (1987, ’96 as well as the ’03 title run).
In all, he led Syracuse to 29 NCAA Tournament appearances on the strength of nine Big East championships and five conference tourney titles.
His 911 total wins stand as the second-most in the history of the game, in front of Bobby Knight and Adolph Rupp and behind Duke’s Coach K. He tops the all-time list in 20-win seasons, piling up at least that many victories in a whopping 34 of his 36 seasons as the face of the program.
Eventually, his magic and decades-long run has to end.
Unfortunately, it may be ending after this season, his program’s last before historic changes take place in the Big East.