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Jim Boeheim tests positive for Covid-19

The legendary Syracuse coach might not be with his team when the season starts in less than two weeks.

Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim argues a call with referee Teddy Valentine during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Greensboro Coliseum. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse’s head men’s basketball coach has tested positive for Covid-19. Jim Boeheim announced on Sunday that he is asymptomatic and that he’s begun to isolate himself at home via Twitter. College basketball is set to begin on November 25, so Boeheim’s positive test could have major implications for Syracuse and the coach that won the 2003 National Championship.

The elderly curmudgeon of college basketball will be 76 on Tuesday, but his team doesn’t have high expectations for 2020-21: The Orange only received four votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and none in the AP sample. They’re also selected to finish sixth out of 15 teams in the ACC according that preseason poll.

Boeheim has a career record of 1065-399, all at his alma mater where he’s served as the head coach since 1976. 101 of those wins have been invalidated by the NCAA for various program violations. Counting all games, Boeheim only trails Mike Krzyzewski as the Division I college basketball wins leader, and has served as an assistant to Krzyzewski on several USA Olympic and world championship teams.