Boeheim a constant in a game of change
by Mike Lopresti, USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA — This is Jim Boeheim at twilight.
He is 68, and has had the same job at the same school for 37 years, and the only thing more perennial in Syracuse is snow. Even more striking than his 920 wins is the fact he has stayed put in a profession where men move quickly as if they are double parked. Where sooner or later, by choice or force, it is time to go.
“I like where I am,” he said Thursday. “I don’t like the other side of the fence. I never have.
“About 10 years ago, I thought it was my last year. I really did. I’m still here.”
This is Jim Boeheim back in the Final Four.
Not all the headlines have been good. Far from it. There have been reports of an NCAA investigation into various allegations. There was the Bernie Fine mess. And yet his team is here and the applause loud and the accomplishment unmistakable. He has come to savor these moments, rather than agonize about them. It does not take long watching Boeheim to realize he is a serial agonizer.
“I have fun with it now, but in the beginning it was real difficult,” he said of the Final Four. “Trouble with this week is, you know that if you don’t win, it’s heartbreaking for everybody.”
He’s had his heart broken twice. But then, there was the 2003 championship.
“No matter what anybody says, if you win this thing, it’s pretty good. They can never say, `Well, he’s won a lot of games, but he’s never won this.”‘
This is Jim Boeheim, reflecting Thursday on the start of it all.
“I came to Syracuse as a walk-on 50 years ago and I didn’t think I was going to last through the first year then. (Future NBA star) Dave Bing jumped on my head and I didn’t get a … [For more on Syracuse's Jim Boeheim a constant in a game of change, click here.]