The Syracuse Orange basketball team kicks off the 2012-2013 season tonight with an exhibition game against the Pace Setters (no, really). Beforehand, Supreme Chancellor Jim Boeheim is making some quick rounds on the interview circuit. He stopped by Bud and the Manchild on The Score 1260 this morning to kibbitz a little bit and he had some noteworthy things to say (transcript via Sports Radio Interviews):
On how he's preparing for the outdoor game against the San Diego St. Aztecs:
"You just have to prepare to play, and when you get out there we will practice the day before outdoors. And [we'll] probably shoot the day of the game, which we normally don’t do, but we probably will because it’s the outdoor venue and the hotel was close to the ship and we’ll probably go over and shoot. But it’s the same for both teams with the conditions. Whatever they may be will be the same. San Diego State is a very good team and when you start off the first game of the year against them, a top 20 team, that’s a challenge for us."
On Kentucky's All-Access Show on ESPN:
bviously that is a recruiting tool; it does help you. Just any kind of exposure I think helps you, but Mike Krzyzewski is a good friend of mine and when he’s on TV in an American Express commercial, and all that helps Duke’s recruiting. Any of that exposure does, but I don’t think — within the rule frames; we got 400 pages of rules now — that you can legislate against a program having some kind of a TV show, I guess. I have not seen it."
Would he be interesting in doing such a show for Syracuse?
"I don’t know. If it’s showing practices and things like that, I don’t think [so] … Yeah, I think that would help from a publicity kind of view and recruiting point of view, but I’m not sure we would do that. I’m not sure if we would to be invaded that much, but in Kentucky that’s what they do. They made their program on the rules that are here.
Has he picked this year's starters yet?
"No, I really haven’t. It’s pretty obvious that Brandon Triche, Michael Carter-Williams will start in the backcourt. C.J. Fair has earned his way into the starting lineup. We’re looking at the other two positions. We can play two big guys; we could play one big guy. We’ve got some options of things we can do. I think the important thing is we have nine guys who we think are good players and they’ll all play. We like our team. I think we have a lot more questions than people seem to think we do, losing the four guys we lost. They made all the big plays last year, when you look back on last year. We have a lot to replace and I think we have some growing pains to go through over the first few games of the season until where we see where we are.
The real question about Boeheim picking starters is...does it even matter?