Boeheim already an ACC legend
Posted February 23
This year's ACC Basketball Legends were announced in January, but it's not too late for commissioner John Swofford to amend the class to include Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.
The Orange had already elevated themselves into ACC lore with a drama-filled season. Syracuse managed to stay unbeaten longer than they should have with a mix of clutch finishes, including a buzzer beater against Pittsburgh, and being on the right side of controversial calls. Just ask fans of the Wolfpack and Blue Devils in the last month. They eventually had their "Go ACC" moment, failing to crack 60 points in a home loss to Boston College.
Despite an entertaining first year in the ACC, Syracuse wasn't truly certified as a member of the conference yet. They hadn't experienced Cameron Indoor Stadium. Orange coaches, players and fans didn't have any war stories to share with all the other members of the conference. Those inside jokes about malfunctioning clocks, soft rims or shaky officiating were likely to go over their heads.
Now Syracuse gets it. Now they're part of the family.
And while Boeheim's Hall of Fame credentials were established in the Big East, his epic tantrum on Saturday following a questionable charge call in the closing moments of Syracuse's loss to Duke gives him legendary status in the ACC.
"People will remember this one for 30 years because the old coach went out there and got a little excited," Boeheim said after the game. "I think those fans will remember Jim Boeheim down here after that."
Eagle-eyed viewers will notice Boeheim said words the FCC frowns upon at least six times before the officials were left with no choice but to toss him out of the game.
"I just thought that was the worst call of the year, that's all," Boeheim said. "I hate to see the game decided on that call."
Many would agree. Just check the never ending Vines and GIFs circulating on the internet to examine Rodney Hood shuffling his feet as C.J. Fair approached the paint.
"The guy was moving," Boeheim said. "Simple as that."
Controversial call aside, it actually didn't decide the outcome of the game. Duke had a 60-58 lead with :10.4 left on the clock. Had Boeheim not picked up the technical fouls, the Blue Devils would have in-bounded the ball. Syracuse likely fouls, sending a Duke player to the free throw line for a one-and-one. Considering the Devils had been shooting 50% from the stripe, let's not assume it increasing the lead was automatic.
Syracuse's chances were nullified when Boeheim ripped into referee Tony Greene, which put Quinn Cook on the free throw line with four opportunities to shut the door on the Orange.
That fact didn't seem to bother Boeheim, who was his usual sarcastic self after the game. Perhaps he wanted to set aside the chance of winning, which he admitted was slim, and simply make a point.
The point was duly noted, Boeheim. Welcome to the club.