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Jim Boeheim thinks the idea of coaching in the ACC next year is "great" so everyone can shut up now.
For the last couple weeks, I've been listening to people say how they're pretty sure Jim Boeheim is retiring.
For the last couple months, I've been listening to people say they think Jim Boeheim doesn't to coach in the ACC.
I've always thought the latter was bulls*** and I was pretty sure the former was as well. I'm pretty sure we can put both to bed with everything Boeheim said yesterday following Syracuse's win over Seton Hall.
"(I’m) tired of the same old thing every year,’’ Boeheim said. "It (the ACC) will be great. It will be a different thing, but I think a tremendous opportunity for us and for our players.’’
"The reason I never wanted to go to the ACC years ago when it first came up was I didn't want to be the only team in,’’ Boeheim said. "I don't think that would’ve been a good thing. I think that's hard. I think we're going in (and) six or seven Big East schools are going to be there in two years when you look around.
"First of all, Miami and Virginia Tech were in our league,’’ he said. "Boston College was in our league. And Pitt, Notre Dame and Louisville are going in. So you've got six or seven teams that you're familiar with. So I think it's different than it would have been going in 10 years ago.
"And I think it was – this was inevitable,’’ Boeheim added. "There was no way this wasn't going to happen. It's a miracle that it didn't happen sooner.’’
For a guy who's apparently about to be forced to retire and watch his program receive a multi-year post-season ban, he's sure got a funny way of showing it.
Look, Boeheim is way more concerned about legacy than he ever lets on. He cares about where he and the program he built are ranked among the greats. The idea of coaching against Coach K and Roy excites him. And getting to one more Final Four to complete his career is hanging over his head.
Boeheim's the kind of guy who's going to coach until it's no longer fun and the chance to prove he's still got it the ACC sounds fun. Sorry to burst the bubble of some lunatics who want him gone cause he's not going anywhere just yet.