Did you pick a bracket somewhere, anywhere, this year?
My dear wife Karen and I dove into two pools. We chose our brackets by passing my iPad Air back and forth Tuesday. If my alma mater Maryland wins six games in a row, let me tell you, I may make a bit of a splash. I know you’re not supposed to pick with your heart, but my squad has not made the big dance in five years, and what a great season we’ve had …
Then came Wednesday, and some news in my hometown Syracuse about its men’s basketball team, which will not be participating in March Madness because of a self-imposed penalty brought on by a laundry list of NCAA violations.
In this city, fans have been waiting to hear whether or not the university and Coach Jim Boeheim would be appealing penalties that include giving up more than 100 victories, a nine-game suspension at the start of league play for the coach next year, and the loss of three scholarships a season for four seasons.
Yes, said the news flash, Syracuse would appeal. And, oh, athletic director Daryl Gross would not be directing the department any longer after a decade of his leadership. And, um, Jim Boeheim will retire after three seasons.
Stop the presses.
Yes, Boeheim is 70 years old. But to hear the news that he’s going to relinquish his job behind the Syracuse bench after three more seasons is just … just … unexpected. The guys a fighter, and this announcement at this point in time does not sound like a Boeheim move. He looks young. He acts strong. He’s always defiant.
Here’s the link for a column I wrote about it for my community blog on Syracuse Public Media site waer.org.
Anyway, it’s certainly going to make for some interesting conversation around Syracuse when the March Madness Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds of the East Regional hit the Carrier Dome next week.
Out-of-towner: Where should I eat? What do you think about Boeheim?
Syracuse fan: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is great but the wait will be long. And I can’t freaking believe it.
Who did you pick to make the Final Four? Win the national championship? What did you think when you heard that Jim Boeheim will retire in three years?