I'm not saying the Syracuse basketball pro declarations have turned into a soap opera, I'm just saying that were two days away from Susan Lucci joining the coaching staff.
Just when you thought everything was wrapped up in a tidy, horrible bow, along comes news from Paul Harris himself that he never actually declared anything. WHAT. THE. FUNGUS?
Syracuse University junior Paul Harris said last week's university-prepared release announcing that he would enter his name in the NBA Draft went out without his knowledge.
"I didn't know a thing about it," Harris said of the release. "I didn't do that. I don't have a clue who actually did it."
Seriously though, if anyone was going to be in this situation, it was going to be Paul, right? And if what's in Donna's article is true, we're all witnesses so some seriously strange goings-on:
According to Boeheim, Harris had gone home to Niagara Falls and never returned telephone calls from the SU coaches. Boeheim also said that Harris had indicated to him during the tournament that he planned on leaving school after the season.
"He told me that the week before the Oklahoma game," Boeheim said. "It's been two weeks since then and he hasn't returned a phone call. We only released it because that's what he indicated to me."
Well, if Boeheim says it, it must be true, right? RIGHT??? Now Harris gives the impression that he wasn't actually considering going pro, but now that the school has announced that he is, he might as well:
"I had a friend call me up and tell me it was on the ESPN scroll," he said.
Harris said he now plans to go ahead and enter his name in the draft.
"It's already out there so I might as well," Harris said. "I'll be back in Syracuse tomorrow (Tuesday). I've missed some classes, but I don't want to drop out. I'll finish up and I'll be working out, too."
Even with Harris' statements, something doesn't jive. Why hasn't he been in school? If he truly did intend on coming back next season, surely he knows he actually has to attend and pass classes this semester to be eligible for the next one, yes?
For his part, Boeheim said he's not trying to force Paul out by any means and welcomes him back for his senior year.
Consider my mind blown. What a mess. Now, if Paul does come back he's going to have this chip on his shoulder...to go with all the other chips already there. But if he leaves, there will always be this nagging feeling that he was pushed out.
Paul Harris might not have ever officially said he was leaving Syracuse, but it WAS safe to assume that, based on all of his actions up to this point. You know how sometimes you subconsciously do things to end a relationship or leave a situation but then when the break actually happens you're shocked because you didn't realize what it would really feel like when it was over? (Am I the only one?) I have a feeling that's what's going on here.