Joe Ovies

Boeheim already an ACC legend

Posted February 23, 2014

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim erupts during the Duke Blue Devils' game versus Syracuse on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Durham, NC.  Duke defeated the Orange 66-60.  (Photo by Jack Morton)

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.

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  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Feb 27, 2014

    bull. No legend here.

    Defined..a famous or important person who is known for doing something extremely well....and he is NOT known for doing much well in the ACC

  • dave437 Feb 25, 2014

    Mr. Boeheim, welcome to the All Carolina Conference.....

  • Reggie Berryman Feb 24, 2014
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    I don't understand how guys commit their lives to playing the game of basketball and make crazy shots from all over the court but can't stand 13 feet (front of the rim to the free throw line) from the hoop and toss the ball in.

  • billbarbee Feb 24, 2014

    billbarbee Feb 24, 8:25 a.m.

    I fully understand the reaction of Coach Boehiem. He is new to the conference and does not know that is how games are called in Cameron. While the rest of the league has come to accept it (somewhat) it will never be understood. A new coach coming in to the conference would assume that the players will determine the outcome of the game. Welcome to the ACC and also the advantage that Duke has in Cameron ,it is not the crazies, but the way games are called in that building. You will learn to subdue your reaction over the years but it still feels like a kick in the gut everytime it happens.

  • Jeanne Gunn Feb 24, 2014
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    OS, I like heelsforever's take on the charge/block calls better than having no calls at all, but to be honest, I'd prefer no calls than what the current charge/block call has morphed into; that rule has been abused by the players and the refs don't seem to be able to make the right call often enough.

    As for the intentional fouls at the end of the game that do extend the game, I don't see that rule changing; I've seen enough games that have been won by the trailing team intentionally fouling the team that has the lead.

    You brought up a question about the shot clock on another thread: I'd like to see it shortened to 24 seconds not only to make the transition into the pros easier for the players that do play at the next level, but also to make the game move faster.

  • Jeanne Gunn Feb 24, 2014
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    Exactly!

  • Objective Scientist Feb 23, 2014

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    Heelsforever-- I think we are basically on the same page on this matter. Somehow, someway a means of dealing with the "flopping" must be found. But that is not the only issue... flopping is clearly an intentional act to deceive the official and gain an advantage by doing so. The "unintentional intentional foul" near the end of a close game is a similar issue. Everybody in the arena KNOWS, sometimes you even hear a coach or player yelling to "foul! foul!" - yet it is called as a typical "unintentional" foul! And we all know it may take 30 minutes to play 5 on the game clock! Both the flop and the unintentional foul call when it is obviously intentional are ways of "bending" the rules... and definitely "breaking the hell" out of the spirit of the rules!!! Unfortunately it seems that anything short of "murder" is acceptable if you are tryin to WIN!

  • heelsforever Feb 23, 2014

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    NO, what I really want is for the refs to call it like they did back in the 80's. If a player is OBVIOUSLY bulldozing his way into a defender then it is a legit call. Again, 90% of what we see is a defender getting a cheap foul on the other guy. The call has been turned into something incredibly perverted when compared to the original intent. Offensive players lower their shoulder into a defender is a charge. Offensive players creaming a defender is a charge. That call last night and so many like them should either be a no call or a blocking foul. Dear God, how many times do we have to watch a 6-9 240 pounder get rewarded for acting like a 6-2 180 pound guard sent him flying across the court? It's ridiculous and insulting to intelligent sports fans.

  • Objective Scientist Feb 23, 2014

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    No... I based my comments on another video that contained only the play and did not include Boeheim, and was from a different angle than the one to which you refer. I was doing a bit of browsing and saw it... sorry, don't recall where I saw it. What I saw was the Duke player's feet were stationary, then a last quick movement of both feet just a couple of inches to the right, before becoming stationary again... but stationary an instant before the Syracuse player left the floor. I do not know the exact wording of the rule that was applied, therefore I am not 100% certain. Nevertheless, it was one of those plays that is very VERY challenging for an official, no matter how good he is or his experience!

  • HEELSrocknU Feb 23, 2014

    Well he just got a taste of the outrageously bad calls you get when you play dook.....K's Refs welcome ya to the league

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