Fresh off Thursday's dominating second-round NCAA Tournament victory over the No. 13-seeded Montana Grizzlies, Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim, somehow, was able to wake up on the West Coast and do any East Coast radio interview Friday morning with The Dan Patrick Show.
Despite the early wake-up call, Boeheim, who admitted he was really tired, seemed to be in a good mood and after a few warm-up questions gave a definitive answer to the retirement question -- which still has life.
Jim Boeheim: "No (this is not my last year). This is something I've been doing for along time. I have no plans on not doing it next year."— Jared E. Smith (@JaredSmithCNY) March 22, 2013
Jim Boeheim: "I don't know (where the retirement stories start). I am looking forward to playing golf, but that's this summer."— Jared E. Smith (@JaredSmithCNY) March 22, 2013
Patrick also asked if there was a vote in the Boeheim household would it favor him coming back and coaching. Boeheim said it would be an unanimous yes.
As he usually does, Patrick didn't beat around the bush with his questions asking about CBS' NCAA Investigation story, which sprung-up on Tuesday. (If you remember, this is the scandal that will force him to retire.)
As he has done all week, Boeheim brushed off the questions as old news.
Jim Boeheim: "We talk to the NCAA all the time. As everybody knows we've had academic issues this year and last year..."— Jared E. Smith (@JaredSmithCNY) March 22, 2013
Meanwhile, Boeheim was asked about the Orange's next opponent the California Golden Bears and SU chances at making a Final Four run.
Jim Boeheim: "We've seen a lot of tape on them (Cal)... They're a good team, they really are... They beat a real good UNLV team last night."— Jared E. Smith (@JaredSmithCNY) March 22, 2013
Jim Boeheim: "We just really played well (last night) and that puts us in really good position against Cal."— Jared E. Smith (@JaredSmithCNY) March 22, 2013
Jim Boeheim: "In this tournament, I don't think the seed matters...I think you just need to play and be focused on playing."— Jared E. Smith (@JaredSmithCNY) March 22, 2013
Jim Boeheim on @dpshow: "I bet every coach (in the final 32) thinks they can get to the Final Four."— Jared E. Smith (@JaredSmithCNY) March 22, 2013
Sadly, Patrick did not ask Boeheim his thoughts on his wife, Juli, being named The Dan Patrick Show's "Cougar of the Week."