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Jim Boeheim: 'I Haven’t Given A Thought To Retiring'

Jim Boeheim gives his yearly "I'm not thinking about retiring but retiring sounds great but seriously I'm not retiring" speech and all is right with the world again.

Mitchell Layton

I'll admit, you guys almost sucked me in. Almost.

After the Mike Ortiz Jr. newsapalooza the other day, I was pretty sure we were all on the same page. Then, a bunch of people kept saying they heard the same thing, they know a guy who wipes DOCTOR Gross' butt every Tuesday evening, so it must be true, etc., etc...and after a while, I really started to wonder if the whole Jim Boeheim is going to retire thing had legs.

Thank God the one person who can put this nonsense to bed finally decided to put us out of our misery.

"I haven’t given a thought to retiring," declared Boeheim, who is in his 50th consecutive year — as student, player and coach — at Syracuse. "There’s nothing to talk about because I haven’t given a thought to it. I’ve never … ever … ever … ever … said anything about retiring.

"I’ve said the same thing all year, and all last year: I just want to get through the year. I have no plans to retire. Could I retire? Anything can happen, but I have no thoughts right now.

"If I was thinking about it a little bit, I’d say, ‘Well, I’m thinking about it.’ But I’m not. That golf line was just a joke. The season’s almost over. In a couple of weeks, I’ll go play golf. But not permanently. I don’t like golf that much."

Good job, good effort, Mike Ortiz, Jr.

This is the part where you, for some reason I can't fathom, decides NOT to believe Boeheim and assume there's still something afoot. "Why didn't he mention the NCAA investigation???" "He left the door open, seems shady!!!" "

For example...

Seriously, for the life of me, I'll never understand why so many Syracuse fans WANT these rumors to be true. As if it will make them feel better to know the greatest coach in the history of your program is gone to justify a three-game losing streak.

Anyway, between this and the fact that DOC Gross was openly discussing Boeheim's employment next season today, I'm fairly certain we can put this issue to bed. At least until Syracuse loses it's next game and all of a sudden everyone knows a guy who knows a guy who knows for a fact that Gerry McNamara was arrested for holding cockfights in his basement and the NCAA is publicly executing SU walk-ons just because they can.