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Jim Boeheim retires as Syracuse basketball coach, Adrian Autry to take over

The man who has only ever had one job in his life, all at his alma mater, has decided to hang it up. Or has he?

Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim instructs a player in the second half game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at JMA Wireless Dome. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Boeheim is officially done as the Syracuse men’s basketball coach after 47 years. It’ll be Adrian Autry’s job now. Autry has been an assistant at Syracuse since 2011 and served as the associate head coach since 2016. He likely got hand-picked by Boeheim to succeed him and will now take over for the future Hall of Famer.

During his post-game press conference after a 77-74 loss to Wake Forest in the First Round of the 2023 ACC Tournament, Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim seemed to imply he’s closer than ever to retirement from the job he’s held since 1976.

But in classic Boeheim fashion, there was enough double-speak and lack of definition to fill the dunker spot against a 2-3 zone.

For a man that has stated he’s still far from retirement many times, and once voluntarily said in 2015 that he would retire in three years (spoiler alert, he didn’t), this is about as much as he’s ever walked the line towards actually leaving.

Boeheim was a player at Syracuse, then an assistant coach, and has been the head coach for the past 46 seasons. He won the 2003 national championship, and has been to five Final Fours while on the bench.

But he continues to play this cat-and-mouse came with the university and its fans, and then acts like he’s above it all. And it’s becoming such a distraction at this point where it’s not fair to anyone.

Jim Boeheim is a legendary Hall of Fame coach with plenty of wins no matter how you count them. But the will-he-or-won’t-he is just a bit much, and then acting like everyone else is too stupid to figure out what he’s saying isn’t helping.

It’s time for some clarity around Syracuse basketball. Everyone at this point deserves it.