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.
Jim Boeheim is no longer Syracuse's basketball coach.— Donna Ditota (@DonnaDitota1) March 8, 2023
Adrian Autry is.
The Boeheim Era, after 47 years, is over at Syracuse.
Adrian, who is a terrific guy and a coach Syracuse players respect, gets his shot.
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.
In classic Jim Boeheim fashion, he muddles his way through some type of “you’re too dumb to notice” pseudo-retirement guessing game. Yay team. pic.twitter.com/MkTh4KGD2B— Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) March 8, 2023
When asked for clarification on whether or not Boeheim just announced his retirement, he remained noncommittal. pic.twitter.com/AIdNT3dq1X— Sam Mostow (@bySamMostow) March 8, 2023
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.