Jim Boeheim doesn't suffer other people's bullshit.
He might dish it out. He might revel in it when it suits him. He might feed it to you with a smirking smile on his face.
But he does not let anyone else do so. And that's why we love him so much.
Rick Pitino has been up Syracuse's butt ever since we decided to leave the Big East for the ACC. The Louisville Cardinals' coach appointed himself the Supreme Chancellor of the conference and has taken plenty of opportunities to defend it, which is fair enough. Certainly you gotta stick up for your people.
Of course, Louisville has been trying desperately to leave the Big East for the Big 12 the entire time, but that's neither here not there.
At Big East Media Day today, Pitino decided to shovel one pile of bullshit too many, telling reporters that he thinks incoming Big East members Memphis and Temple will not only fill the void left by Syracuse and Pitt but also potentially be an upgrade.
"Rick’s full of shit if that’s what he really said. If he was in the Big 12 right now like he wanted to be, he’d being saying the Big 12 is the best. That’s the bottom line."
"The only thing I’ll say about what Rick said all summer is that if Louisville could have left they would have left," Boeheim said. "Everybody knows it and I’m really tired of him saying what Syracuse should be or should have done because they would have left in a heartbeat. Everybody knows it.
"I don’t mind him denying that fact, but when they start talking about Syracuse, I’m going to start talking about them."
"If you think those schools (Memphis, Temple) are better than Syracuse, then you don’t know what you’re talking about. And I think Rick’s smarter than that. At least I thought he was."
One thing's for sure. The Syracuse vs. Louisville games this year are sure to be eventful.