Audio: Boeheim’s Comments On Syracuse Radio

Tuesday afternoon Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim appeared on his weekly radio show in Syracuse on ESPN 97.7 FM with co-hosts Steve Infanti and Chris McManus.

During the five minute interview, Boeheim was not specifically asked about the situation involving former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who is currently under investigation by Syracuse and Federal authorities following accusations that he molested multiple boys.

When asked during the show about preparation for Syracuse’s game tonight against Eastern Michigan amidst “distractions“, Boeheim said, “It’s the same as it is every week. The players have no distractions. They aren’t a part of anything. It’s stuff that happened a long time ago.

Boeheim was also not questioned today about the apologetic statement he released Sunday night through the school after previously calling Fine’s initial accusers liars” who were “trying to get money.”

When asked during his radio appearance today about the “emotions he was feeling“Boeheim said, “[the players] expect the coaches to be focused when they come to practice.”

Boeheim, who backtracked off his own initial accusations of Bobby Davis and Mike Lang after Fine was fired on Sunday, received a statement of support today from Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

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You might remember Cleveland State as a footnote in NCAA basketball history: back in 1986, the Vikings became the darlings of the hoops world when they beat Indiana and St. Joesph’s to become the first No. 14 seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen. Both their wins came in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, one of the sites for the early rounds of the East Regionals (remember back when game sites actually had some geographical relevance to their bracket?)

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Flash-forward 22 years, as Cleveland State makes their return trip to Syracuse, this time to take on the previously-unbeaten and 11th-ranked Orange. The Vikings - thought to be a contender in the Horizon League before a rash of early losses - put up a good fight and lead late, only to see Syracuse’s Arinze Onuaku tie the score at 69-69 with two seconds left on a put-back basket, setting up the inevitable overtime where the better team uses their superior depth and athletic ability to pull away from the game underdogs.

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Yowza. I know it looks bad, but Boeheim was obviously in a bad mood and I’m sure he feels really bad about it. (Although that mic totally had it coming.) After all, he doesn’t want to set a bad example for his students, so they can think they can act out in violent and destructive fashion and not be punished.

Oops, never mind. Still, it’s a great win for Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters. Let’s just hope he doesn’t suffer the same downward spiral that the last Vikings coach to win in Syracuse did, but I hope Waters is smart enough to not get caught high as a kite leaving a crack house.

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