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Nothing like spending a ton of money — not to mention emotional energy — on a basketball game to watch your favorite team play, and see them come tantalizingly close to beating their opponent (bonus points if this opponent is one of the best in the league/country), only to watch them lose on a devastating game-winner.
One might have expected Jim Boeheim would be short-tempered – his Syracuse team had just suffered a disappointing 66-58 loss to unranked UConn – but he didn’t seem that way at all. Until ESPN’s Andy Katz asked a question. But did Katz actually deserve what he got?
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre, there have been loud and numerous calls for tighter gun control laws in the U.S. Last night, Jim Boeheim joined the chorus.
Jim Boeheim’s not going quietly. This coming college basketball season will be Syracuse’s last in the Big East before it departs, along with Pitt, for the ACC. And he’s making the time he has left in the league count… by publicly torching his fellow Big East coaches. Boeheim’s target, specifically: Louisville’s Rick Pitino.
Wisconsin shot the lights out in Boston tonight, hitting 14 three-pointers in their Sweet 16 match-up with Syracuse. But on the final possession, where the Badgers had a chance to take the lead with 15.5 seconds to go, they finally went cold. Watch Syracuse advance to the Elite 8, after the jump.
Syracuse’s Fab Melo, who averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks this season, will miss the NCAA Tournament, the school just announced. According to the school’s release, Melo will sit “due to an eligibility issue,” and did not provide further information. And with that bit of news, a whole lot of brackets across the nation will be furiously updated.
When Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim vigorously defended his longtime assistant coach and friend Bernie Fine from allegations of child molestation – while harshly criticizing his accusers – it was clearly a risky move. Today brought the latest reason why.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says the state of New York can’t press charges against Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. Fine has been accused of sexual abuse by three men, who said Fine molested them when they were boys. Two of them served as ballboys for the Syracuse basketball team.
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Putting the two sources in touch with each other seemed like an odd choice for a journalistic enterprise. The thing, though, is that ESPN’s not really a journalistic enterprise. It’s an entertainment enterprise that doubles as a journalistic enterprise, which is the uncomfortable thing about Vince Doria going on TV and answering questions about his company’s journalistic integrity.
Last night, Syracuse overwhelmed Eastern Michigan 84-48, but what most people were more focused on was that it was the first game for the Orange since the firing of longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim talked about the scandal, as well as his defense of Fine, after the game – and even had his own cheering section.