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The Last Jim Boeheim Show of the season.

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Jim Boeheim’s radio show is on Thursdays from 7-8 or 9PM on ESPN Radio in Syracuse, which is AM1200 or FM 97.7 on the dial. The show is at Carrabba's Italian Grill at 550 Towne Drive, Fayetteville, NY. The first hour, hosted by Matt Park, the Voice of the Orange, is on their general network. The second hour, which usually begins with the conference season, is hosted by Gomez, a local radio personality.
Their schedule: The AmeriCU Jim Boeheim Show Begins Tonight! - Syracuse University Athletics

You can call into the show locally at 315-424-8599 or nationally at 1-888-746-2873. For Gomez’s portion, use 315-424-8599. Or you can submit questions from this page:
Submit a Question! - Syracuse University Athletics
Or on Twitter at mattpark1 or “askBoeheim”.

The show can be heard in Syracuse on FM 99.5. It’s sometime simulcast on AM 1200 or FM 97.7. You can also get it on: TuneIn | Free Internet Radio | Live News, Sports, Music, and Podcasts
There’s now a third segment where Jim and Gomez can be seen on camera at:
The early shows tend to be in a one-hour format. I'll post a summary of them the same night. When they do two hour shows. I will do two posts: the Matt Park segment the night of the show and the Gomez segments the next day.




MY QUESTIONS/COMMENTS

1st Segment Question:

“Coach, we probably aren’t going to make the NCAA tournament unless we win the ACC tournament. There are three other post season tournaments: the NIT, the College Basketball Invitational and the Basketball Classic. A team doesn’t have to have a winning record to get into those tournaments. We’re 15-15 with at least two games to go. Would we accept an invitation from those tournaments, and would the number of available players and our streak of winning seasons be factors in that decision?”

2nd Segment Question:

“Coach, you’ve spoiled us over the years with consistent success. We’ve had many seasons most college basketball teams would love to have that seem inadequate to many SU fans. You’re excited about next year’s team, which will depend on a large recruiting class. You’ve often advised us to remember that a player is a freshman or a first-time starter or in his first year with the program. What expectations should Syracuse fans have for next season?”

Twitch: I’ll improvise a question or two after listening to the rest of the show.




COACH BOEHEIM
(I have, in some instances, put together statements from different parts of the broadcast on the same subject. The quotes may not be verbatim –they are from my scribbled notes. I have not knowingly changed the meaning.)


Matt said that this was the last show of the season and “is that a holiday for you?” [It will be for me!]

They briefly discussed the incident at Destiny. “Juli will be fine. It’s a difficult thing but she’s handling it well. We’ll get through it and try to make it a positive thing going forward. But we won’t talk any more about it.”

The U of Miami game will be senior day and Jim and Juli will be able to escort their sons onto the floor. Buddy has had a great run and Jimmy’s had a great year. He and 4-5 Cornell seniors didn’t get to play so they never had a senior day there. I’ll be proud to accompany both of them onto the floor. Buddy surpassed any expectations. He came here as a shooter and has gotten better in every area. He’s a complete player- scoring handling the ball, passing it, getting rebounds and playing defense.”

The U of Miami game will be a rematch of the game two months ago where we had an 18 point lead, 14 at the half and lost by a point as Cole Swider hit a three pointer at the buzzer. The University has changed its mask policy and they will be optional for this game.

Benny Williams had a lower body injury and it out for the rest of the season. “it’s a small injury but just enough that he can’t play. It’s not surgical. He’ll be at full strength in four weeks and will begin working out then.” Matt said it was too bad that happened after his big game against Duke. JB: “He knows what he can do and what he has to do. He’s got the spring and summer ahead to work on it.

I called in for my first question but first spoke for all the callers and listeners when I said that we were all thinking of Juli and hoping that somehow that situation can result in a happy ending. I also said that I’d enjoyed watching his sons and this team play, despite the frustrations. Each team has to be credited with heat they were able to accomplish and this team played a lot of exciting games and had a lot of outstanding individual performances. I told the coach that his sons were fine all-around college players and that Buddy’s year reminded me of Dwight Freeney’s senior year, when he was held on every play and yet had an All-American year and led us to 10 wins, something we wouldn’t do for another 17 years. Buddy was wearing defenders all season and yet he’s led the team with 19.0 points per game, second in the ACC. He’s had six different games where he never went to the line. He attempted 94 shots in those 6 games and was never fouled. JB: It’s almost impossible to go to the basket like he does and not get fouled in one game, much less six. North Carolina hit him twice on the arm and hit Cole once on a jump and once on a lay-up. It’s obvious on tape. They usually call that.”

I asked my question about accepting non-NCAA post season invitations. “We were going to but not that’s something to think about. It’s about how it would help this team prepare for next year. Its’ not help to the veterans and with Benny out we’ll have to think about it. Sy might be back next week.” Regarding the consecutive winning season streak. “It’s a pretty good record. Nobody’s going to do 45 straight again. But any decision will be based on what it could do for this team.” Jim seems to view it as a personal record, rather than the schools’ achievement of 51 straight winning seasons. That’s three short of UCLA’s all-time record. But Jim’s 45 straight is the record for a coach. He’s already got that.
Matt reiterated that Benny was the guys who could have gained the most from additional practices and games. Jimmy added that it could have furthered Jesse Edwards’ development as well. “Without those two guys, I’m not sure it would be valuable to us.”

Matt in New York, (as opposed to Matt Park, who is also in New York State) sent in a text asking if Joe could play off the ball next year. JB: “He’s been a solid point guard but can play off the ball if we get a quicker point guard who can penetrate. This Matt also wondered if the coach will be ”doing any TV during the NCAA tournament”. No. But Coach did say that Duke is his favorite to win it all, “after they beat UNC by 30 at their place and us by 25 here”. Matt Park noted that Duke had 31 points by the second TV time out. JB: “They have big guys they can throw the ball over the zone to and exceptional shooters, although Banchero had only been hitting 29% before our game, in which he hit 5 in a row.”

Wisconsin won the Big Ten because “they have their first good one-on-one player, (Johnny Davis). Arizona and Gonzaga are the best teams out west. Purdue and Auburn have lost some games but are still pretty good. Tennessee is good. But Duke is the best team. They have the best shot blocker, the best shooters, the best all-around player. They’ve lost a few games at the buzzer.” Matt said that their 4 losses were by 9 points.

“I’m so proud of our team. They went to North Carolina and outplayed them most of the game before losing because of a bad shot taken by a guy who was 2 for 10 on threes that went in. At Notre Dame a guy who makes a shot he never makes and they beat us. Love (of UNC) made the worst play he could have made, (a long three with 15 seconds left) and it went in. You can do things 100% right and if the shot doesn’t go in the play is a failure. Notre Dame and North Carolina did exactly the wrong thing and the shots went in…On the inbounds play, if Buddy had caught the ball with 4 seconds on the shot clock in the deep corner he’s not going to make that shot. And we tied the game up anyway. Against Clemson I thought about throwing it down (court?). they couldn’t run back and get set with 7 seconds left.”

Josh in Boulder said t hat Duke “was good for 10-20 wins on intimidation alone. Even when we went on our run, the Duke players were smiling and laughing. If we get super lucky, they can be beat. If we play them again, we can’t go in thinking that it’s impossible.“ JB: “We don’t think it’s impossible. But we were down 30 in both games. We could put one guy under the basket against Williams and put one guy on Griffin all the time and they still have two other lottery picks. Most years we battled Duke pretty well but this year there’s a big separation. They are much better defensively. My main concentration is on Florida State.” [Not U of Miami?]

Looking around the ACC in recent games, Virginia lost on a 40 footer. “That could keep them out of the tournament.” U of Miami beat Boston College. “They are all 5th year players.” Matt said that their average age was 24. (!) Florida State beat Notre Dame 74-70. Clemson beat Georgia Tech by 2. Wake Forest blew out NC State. “They just don’t have enough.” Duke did the same to Pitt and Virginia Tech to Louisville.

In the pros, Oshae Brissett scored in double figures in 6 of 7 games, including a 27 point game, then had a couple of bad games. Oshae Brissett Game by Game Stats and Performance | ESPN
“He has ability but his shooting has been streaky. He’ll get better and better.” Andrew White was at the North Carolina game. He’s come back from Turkey, not wanting to be in that part of the world just now. JB: “He’s the best, a great kid. He’d had enough of Turkey. He’s an unbelievable shooter and a wonderful kid.”

Jake, a 12 year old at Carrabba’s, asked Jim if he’d like to go back to being the golf coach. JB: “I’d like to. It would be fun.” Matt suggested that it would be tough coaching two teams at once. “Not the way I’d do it.” Jim had earlier said that eh had his team playing the front nine while he played the back nine. Jake wanted to know who would win a one-on-one contest between Dave Bing and Carmelo Anthony. Coach thinks Dave would be “as quick as anyone” but that Melo “was bigger and could bully him”. [In the 1970’s the NBA did a one-on-one tournament – pre-recorded – that was shown at halftime and the surprising winner was 6-11 270 Bob Lanier, who could both shoot well and get the rebounds. That seme3ed to be the key skills needed to win at one-on-one and Melo would have the advantage there over Dave.]

What kind of non-conference schedule will we have next year? “We should be going 11-2 or something like that in the non-conference but this year we went 8-5 [actually 6-5]. We want a couple of teams that can test us and to play in a tournament, then to play the local teams. This year the tourney was too tough and then we had to play Villanova. We had no wiggle room. We didn’t really get going until the conference schedule.

Tim in Corning called to demand that Jim “apologize for those comments you made about Joe Paterno that had no facts to back them up”. Jim said that he did have the facts and “they were proven to be true”. [That’s the best kind of facts.] Matt suggested that they end that call “and leave that one in the past. It’s been a decade or so.” I remember Jim praising Paterno for all he’d done for Penn State.

On Jim’s response to the retirement question at the last post-game presser: “When you have given a definitive answer you don’t ask the question anymore. If you think I’d leave because of a bad year you don’t know me. We’ve had a plan for 45 years. We’re going to protect the program and we will be in a good position when I leave here.”

They talked about the National War Veterans Resource Service that SU has set up.
“It’s a great program, one of the best in the country. Mike was very appreciative of the honor [of having a scholarship named after him]. It ‘s a huge thing. His focus is on the national championship more than with the last game at Cameron against UNC. If they are a little off, I think UNC could beat them but I think they will be focused. Matt said that the top overall seed gets to pick where they will start the tournament so expect that Mike, a Chicago native, will want to start his team’s quest for a national championship there.

Coach wanted to state “how great a warrior Bourama Sidibe is. He’s been out there when most people wouldn’t. Both of his knees hurt. I just wish he had been healthy. He knows how to play and has a good feel for the game.”

Maddencuse sent in a question saying that SU had “always played zone since I’ve watched them” and wondered if the man-to-man experiment would before the whole year or just at the beginning. Jim pointed out that we’ve only been all-zone since the LeMoyne game of 2009 and that “we’d played both defenses for years before that. In fact, we might have played more man-for-man than zone. A couple of weeks after we lost to LeMoyne we beat North Carolina by about 20 [87-71). The more you practice a zone, the better it gets. If you go half and half, both defenses will suffer. Both size and quickness is important. We haven’t been getting to the balls we need to. We will be bigger and quicker next year. We’ll work on it all summer and see how it works out.”

I’ll do the Gomez segment tomorrow but, as a bonus, here are the answers to the additional questions that I asked.

When I called in my second question, I again suggested that if DaJuan Coleman and Bourama Sidibie had been healthy, our record the last 8 years would have bene totally different because we would have been strong inside. JB: “No question. 100% correct. And you can add in Arinze.” As to the expectations for next year with all the freshmen coming in: “it’s different now than ten years ago when freshmen would have been facing veteran players. Now there are more young players, unless you are facing Miami. Some freshmen are more ready than others. You don’t always know. I expect a couple can contribute immediately.” I asked him who they were. “I know who I think can do it but I’m not going to talk about that now. Nobody is ‘Carmelo good’ but a couple are good enough to play immediately.”

On Twitch I asked if Coach would want a ‘farewell tour ala Mike Krzyzewski when he retired. JB: “I don’t know. I’ve always thought it’s a little better to just leave. But I’m not sure.”

I also asked what players who haven’t played much will get some playing time now that we’ve got so many players out. “John Bol could play a little. Chaz (Owens) could play in the front court. Paddy Casey could play in the back court.”
 

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I agree on Taylor, but I’m not sure about Bunch.
yeah I'm iffy on Bunch after watching video, reading what people who watched him say - but JB gonna desperately need shooters, esp if Cole is gone
 

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I agree on Taylor, but I’m not sure about Bunch.
Are they forwards?
As unless Joe Girard has is transfering the minutes at guard are hopefully Mintz, Girard, Torrence with a freshman as the 4th guard getting some minutes.
 

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Are they forwards?
As unless Joe Girard has is transfering the minutes at guard are hopefully Mintz, Girard, Torrence with a freshman as the 4th guard getting some minutes.
Yep. I think Taylor can contribute. He looks physically ready. If Mintz, Girard, and Torrence are 3 of our best players hopefully we play man 2 man so we can get them on the court together.
 

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Ah the old 45-year plan!
He definitely did have a plan though from the minute when he took over. He didn’t retain any of the prior assistants - knew who he wanted immediately to recruit and who he wanted recruiting, developing them. He got Pitino on his honeymoon (well repeated story) but he told Pitino Before he was hired who he wanted him to recruit immediately (Louie and Bouie) and added Bernie Fine to his staff. I never heard that he had a binder :p but he sure did have a plan, a definite strategy from the minute he took over as head coach.
 

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PART 2

Gomez said that this was year #24 of this show. Jim was amazed. I recall submitting typed in questions, Twitch-style in the beginning but I was calling in at least by the 1999-2000 season.

Jim decided to give his analysis of what’s going on inn the world. “It‘s a crazy world out there. Everything is upside down. Crazy people never stop. We need to go all the way with this guy. “Don’t get involved” – that’s what they did with Hitler. He’ll go into other countries. He’s trying to get the minds of his own people off of their poverty. He wants them to think “We are powerful.” He didn’t think the Ukrainians would be so proud of their country.”

Jim is excited that masks will now be optional at the Dome beginning with the U of Miami game. “The fans have bene great. It’s time to move on. I’m 77 and whatever happens, happens. I don’t want to wear a mask the rest of my life. Our kids are ½ year behind in school.”

His summary of the year his team has had: We began by not playing that well but got better. We played well at Florida State, U of Miami and Wake Forest, where we got a bad call. We’ve lost one point and overtime games. With Jesse we might have won the close games at Notre Dame and North Carolina. He was the one guy we had to have inside. Benny sees what he can be and what he ahs to do to get there. Next year the young guys will push it. I like what next year’s team could be. Right now we’ve got 6 ½ plays and will play as hard as we can and see what we can do…..I’m really proud of this team. It‘s not just about the record. It’s about playing 5 games in 9 days and taking North Carolina into overtime with guys playing more than 40 minutes and Bourama running around on one leg. They made two threes in overtime and knocked us back. Any knowledgeable fans are proud of this team. Duke beat us by 25 but they beat everybody by 25.”
[No they don’t: 2021-22 Duke Blue Devils Schedule | ESPN ]
“We’ve competed with everybody else.”
[Yes, we have: 2021-22 Syracuse Orange Schedule | ESPN ]
“We played the top two teams in the conference twice and the two teams below them on the road. Our pre-conference schedule was too tough.”

Coach K was interviewed by Michael Wilbon on what he’ll miss the most rom coaching. He said it was the preparation. JB: “Everybody prepares but he takes it to another level. It’s his military background. All coaches will miss trying to work the group to get better. I don’t know if we’ll miss the games that much, unless the team does something people didn’t think they could do.” Coach K said that he wouldn’t miss how the game is being administered. Jim used that as a que to complain about NIL “when it’s fake. We have no leadership. We abdicated to committees over the president. There’s a new group re-organizing the NCAA. They may finish their work this summer.

They switched to Twitch, (or twitched to Switch). Gomez: “We’re down to the nitty gritty. It’s going to be an emotional day for the family Saturday. It will be great to walk out there with the boys. Jimmy never got a Senior Night experience at Cornell.” [Imagine what the standing ovation for Jim, for Juli, for Buddy and for Jimmy is going to be like!?! :confused: :rolleyes: :oops: :cool: :)]

What is Jim going to tell the next class? “As long as I’m going to be coaching I’m not going to tell them that I’m not going to be their coach. When I’m not going to coach any more, we’ll explain it to them.”

Who would win a contest: Buddy from half court vs. Arinze from the foul line? “Buddy is pretty good but I’d go for Arinze”.
[Maybe not: Arinze Onuaku ]

What will Coach K do in retirement? He said he’ll put basketball in the rearview mirror while he spends his time at the beach. Coach Boeheim was surprised that Roy Williams keeps going to North Carolina games. “I won’t do that. We’ll leave the program in good hands. I’ll travel more, take vacations. I haven’t taken more than a 4-day vacation in 56 years. I’m trying to think – we’ve been to the Bahamas, Disneyworld, Universal, Pennsylvania, Greenbriar.” [He went all the way to Pennsylvania on a vacation?] “Summers are pretty good. I get to play golf at night.”

Tickets are going for “$75 grand” for Coach K’s last game at Cameron vs. UNC. Will JB’s last game produce such a price? “I don’t think so. He’s higher on the totem poll.” [Not around here.]

Golf: Jim would like to see Tiger come back but he doesn’t think he can beat the younger players.“ He should be allowed to play with a cart. But there are too many good young players out there. I don’t think he’ll make it back this year.” He’s a big Rory McIlroy fan. “I’ve followed him since he was 17.” He described some amazing shot he saw Rory make at that age. “He hasn’t been as good as I thought. Once he got married he lost full focus on the game.”


Phil Mickelson “has changed the narrative for his whole career. The PGA t our has been really good for pro golfers. The new system, based on popularity, got Tiger $8 million and Phil $6 million this year. Phil really miscalculated. It will be hard to get out of it. I had dinner with him at Turning Stone and played a hole or two with him. He was really nice but he had a gambling problem.”

Gomez decided to talk about Augusta National. JB: “You don’t have any idea how hilly that course is. Every hole is either way up or way down. It’s really beautiful. My first visit I followed Tiger’s first win and walked the course with him. You could get within 10 feet of him. You couldn’t get within 50 feet today. I watched the presentation of the Green Jacket. Then, as I left, a half hour after the tournament was over, there wasn’t a piece of paper on the course. They’d cleaned it all up in that time.”

Has Coach ever been star struck? “Michael Jordan, Arnold Palmer a little bit. I was impressed with Obama but even moreso with Michelle. I’m a really big fan of Bruce Springsteen. Hank Aaron was always my favorite baseball player. I was a Milwaukee Braves fan. He said “Coach, you had a great year.” [Pause while JB blushed thinking about it.] I talked to Sandy Koufax one time in Florida. He was really nice. He was an outstanding high school basketball player.” [I’ve heard that that was actually his favorite sport.]

On the MLB talks: “I can’t even find words for it. They need to come halfway. The owners give the players hundreds of millions and they want it back. They buy teams and a decade later sell them for 10 times what they bought them for. Franchises are now going for $2 billion! They are arguing about the minimum player salary. How many players make the minimum? The fans got mad last time. They will be really mad this time.”

Coach doesn’t remember his own senior day – even if they had one. I looked it up and they beat Colgate 122-88. With that he recalled that “The coach was going crazy. If we scored 130 we’d average 100 points per game so he left his starters in.”

Will the next coach come from the current staff? “The pan we have is a good one and everything will work out and we’ll have a really good coach.”


And with that, Thursday becomes just another night of the week…
 

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PART 2

Gomez said that this was year #24 of this show. Jim was amazed. I recall submitting typed in questions, Twitch-style in the beginning but I was calling in at least by the 1999-2000 season.

Jim decided to give his analysis of what’s going on inn the world. “It‘s a crazy world out there. Everything is upside down. Crazy people never stop. We need to go all the way with this guy. “Don’t get involved” – that’s what they did with Hitler. He’ll go into other countries. He’s trying to get the minds of his own people off of their poverty. He wants them to think “We are powerful.” He didn’t think the Ukrainians would be so proud of their country.”

Jim is excited that masks will now be optional at the Dome beginning with the U of Miami game. “The fans have bene great. It’s time to move on. I’m 77 and whatever happens, happens. I don’t want to wear a mask the rest of my life. Our kids are ½ year behind in school.”

His summary of the year his team has had: We began by not playing that well but got better. We played well at Florida State, U of Miami and Wake Forest, where we got a bad call. We’ve lost one point and overtime games. With Jesse we might have won the close games at Notre Dame and North Carolina. He was the one guy we had to have inside. Benny sees what he can be and what he ahs to do to get there. Next year the young guys will push it. I like what next year’s team could be. Right now we’ve got 6 ½ plays and will play as hard as we can and see what we can do…..I’m really proud of this team. It‘s not just about the record. It’s about playing 5 games in 9 days and taking North Carolina into overtime with guys playing more than 40 minutes and Bourama running around on one leg. They made two threes in overtime and knocked us back. Any knowledgeable fans are proud of this team. Duke beat us by 25 but they beat everybody by 25.”
[No they don’t: 2021-22 Duke Blue Devils Schedule | ESPN ]
“We’ve competed with everybody else.”
[Yes, we have: 2021-22 Syracuse Orange Schedule | ESPN ]
“We played the top two teams in the conference twice and the two teams below them on the road. Our pre-conference schedule was too tough.”

Coach K was interviewed by Michael Wilbon on what he’ll miss the most rom coaching. He said it was the preparation. JB: “Everybody prepares but he takes it to another level. It’s his military background. All coaches will miss trying to work the group to get better. I don’t know if we’ll miss the games that much, unless the team does something people didn’t think they could do.” Coach K said that he wouldn’t miss how the game is being administered. Jim used that as a que to complain about NIL “when it’s fake. We have no leadership. We abdicated to committees over the president. There’s a new group re-organizing the NCAA. They may finish their work this summer.

They switched to Twitch, (or twitched to Switch). Gomez: “We’re down to the nitty gritty. It’s going to be an emotional day for the family Saturday. It will be great to walk out there with the boys. Jimmy never got a Senior Night experience at Cornell.” [Imagine what the standing ovation for Jim, for Juli, for Buddy and for Jimmy is going to be like!?! :confused: :rolleyes: :oops: :cool: :)]

What is Jim going to tell the next class? “As long as I’m going to be coaching I’m not going to tell them that I’m not going to be their coach. When I’m not going to coach any more, we’ll explain it to them.”

Who would win a contest: Buddy from half court vs. Arinze from the foul line? “Buddy is pretty good but I’d go for Arinze”.
[Maybe not: Arinze Onuaku ]

What will Coach K do in retirement? He said he’ll put basketball in the rearview mirror while he spends his time at the beach. Coach Boeheim was surprised that Roy Williams keeps going to North Carolina games. “I won’t do that. We’ll leave the program in good hands. I’ll travel more, take vacations. I haven’t taken more than a 4-day vacation in 56 years. I’m trying to think – we’ve been to the Bahamas, Disneyworld, Universal, Pennsylvania, Greenbriar.” [He went all the way to Pennsylvania on a vacation?] “Summers are pretty good. I get to play golf at night.”

Tickets are going for “$75 grand” for Coach K’s last game at Cameron vs. UNC. Will JB’s last game produce such a price? “I don’t think so. He’s higher on the totem poll.” [Not around here.]

Golf: Jim would like to see Tiger come back but he doesn’t think he can beat the younger players.“ He should be allowed to play with a cart. But there are too many good young players out there. I don’t think he’ll make it back this year.” He’s a big Rory McIlroy fan. “I’ve followed him since he was 17.” He described some amazing shot he saw Rory make at that age. “He hasn’t been as good as I thought. Once he got married he lost full focus on the game.”


Phil Mickelson “has changed the narrative for his whole career. The PGA t our has been really good for pro golfers. The new system, based on popularity, got Tiger $8 million and Phil $6 million this year. Phil really miscalculated. It will be hard to get out of it. I had dinner with him at Turning Stone and played a hole or two with him. He was really nice but he had a gambling problem.”

Gomez decided to talk about Augusta National. JB: “You don’t have any idea how hilly that course is. Every hole is either way up or way down. It’s really beautiful. My first visit I followed Tiger’s first win and walked the course with him. You could get within 10 feet of him. You couldn’t get within 50 feet today. I watched the presentation of the Green Jacket. Then, as I left, a half hour after the tournament was over, there wasn’t a piece of paper on the course. They’d cleaned it all up in that time.”

Has Coach ever been star struck? “Michael Jordan, Arnold Palmer a little bit. I was impressed with Obama but even moreso with Michelle. I’m a really big fan of Bruce Springsteen. Hank Aaron was always my favorite baseball player. I was a Milwaukee Braves fan. He said “Coach, you had a great year.” [Pause while JB blushed thinking about it.] I talked to Sandy Koufax one time in Florida. He was really nice. He was an outstanding high school basketball player.” [I’ve heard that that was actually his favorite sport.]

On the MLB talks: “I can’t even find words for it. They need to come halfway. The owners give the players hundreds of millions and they want it back. They buy teams and a decade later sell them for 10 times what they bought them for. Franchises are now going for $2 billion! They are arguing about the minimum player salary. How many players make the minimum? The fans got mad last time. They will be really mad this time.”

Coach doesn’t remember his own senior day – even if they had one. I looked it up and they beat Colgate 122-88. With that he recalled that “The coach was going crazy. If we scored 130 we’d average 100 points per game so he left his starters in.”

Will the next coach come from the current staff? “The pan we have is a good one and everything will work out and we’ll have a really good coach.”


And with that, Thursday becomes just another night of the week…

Masks aren’t fully optional. Only optional for those vaccinated. Unvaccinated are still required to wear masks unless actively eating or drinking.
 

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Thanks, Steve. I was take aback by this statement "Hank Aaron was always my favorite baseball player. I was a Milwaukee Braves fan." That is me to a tee." As a kid, I first understood baseball in the Aaron, Matthews, Spahn, Burdett, etc. days.
 

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question for anyone. Jim says he has never had more than 4 days off? He barely goes out and recruits anymore. So what is he doing in the middle of summer when he can’t talk to the players? Just seems like a strange comment. I have been to a practice. The coaches run it, not Jim. I can’t imagine that he is going much in the middle of summer since he is not an active recruiter anymore. He is never seen at those tournaments.
 

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If he stays in Syracuse when he retires why would he not want to go to the games?I just find that odd, what the hell else is there to do on a winter evening in Syracuse?
 

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SWC, thank you as always for the recaps. I hope you enjoy getting a weeknight back--until the football shows start.

BlackSquirrels Top 5 Howler Power Rankings, 3/5/22

1. On the Ls to Notre Dame and North Carolina: “They went to North Carolina and outplayed them most of the game before losing because of a bad shot taken by a guy who was 2 for 10 on threes that went in. At Notre Dame a guy who makes a shot he never makes and they beat us. Love (of UNC) made the worst play he could have made, (a long three with 15 seconds left) and it went in.”


We start off with some grade A, premium JB BS. Caleb Love is a 38% 3-point shooter on the season. Prentiss Hubb is only a 32% 3-point shooter for this season and his career, but he has made 230 treys in 3+ seasons. The past couple of years, JB has said you have to leave shooters in even when they’re cold because they can always make the next shot.

2. On playing in a postseason tournament that's not the NCAA Tournament: “It’s about how it would help this team prepare for next year. Its’ not help to the veterans and with Benny out we’ll have to think about it. Sy might be back next week.”

Wait, JB is thinking about turning down an invitation to a postseason tournament because it’s only about preparing the team for next season? Even with Benny out, there are still guys that might use the experience. One of JB’s themes throughout the year is how the D has struggled because we had so many “first-year” players--wouldn’t extra games help Anselem, Swider, JBA and (possibly) Torrence?

3. On Duke: "Duke beat us by 25 but they beat everybody by 25."

The game before Duke played SU, they beat Virginia 65-61. Carolina smoked them by 13 tonight. This is Stephen A. Smith/Colin Cowherd levels of hyperbole.

4. On Bud: “Buddy surpassed any expectations. He came here as a shooter and has gotten better in every area. He’s a complete player- scoring handling the ball, passing it, getting rebounds and playing defense.”

Yes, I will always marvel at how Buddy developed his defensive prowess throughout his Syracuse career.

5. On Russia's war with Ukraine: “It‘s a crazy world out there. Everything is upside down. Crazy people never stop. We need to go all the way with this guy. ‘Don’t get involved’ – that’s what they did with Hitler. He’ll go into other countries.”

JB wants the US to intervene on behalf of Ukraine and start a confrontation with a country with many nuclear weapons. Good to know. Why oh why is this even a topic of discussion?
 

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