"Once I was talked to coach (Scott) Shafer, and he told me just to worry about getting better, that if they had to bring me in July they would bring me in July, or if they had to bring me in January they would bring me in January. Just giving me as much time as I need to recover. That showed me a lot about their character."
So, yes, Coach Boeheim, your team could definitely play better. But pretending it’s a miracle they’re still undefeated takes a level of downplaying that only a coach who has won 939 games can pull off.
Jensen said he could not elaborate on the career opportunity, but said it was crucial to step down now in order to be able to accept a position before the professional season ramps up. "That window won’t open again for another year," Jensen said. "It was just for me, looking back, listening to the opportunities and saying, ‘I don’t want to get too far into the season because then it hurts everybody.’"
"We first met a long time ago when Duke used to have a celebrity golf tournament. We met there. P.J. Carlesimo is a good friend of mine and a good friend of Mike's and when they picked coaches for the World Championship team, PJ and I, were picked. We first worked together back then. We hit it off and we've been really good friends ever since.
"I helped," he declared, "launch Jimmy's career." Pause … one … two … three. "Because when he tried out for the Bulls way back when, I cut him."
"It's exciting, without a doubt,'' Syracuse sophomore Trevor Cooney said. "This will be similar to the Georgetown game last year. We just have to stay focused for the next two days and make sure we're prepared.''
Boeheim played at Syracuse from 1962 to 1966. Mike Krzyzewski was at Army from 1965 to 1969. However, the two winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history never faced each other as college players.
At 4:30 a.m., any normal person would be tucked into bed, a blanket wrapped around them and an alarm clock set to rouse them in a few hours. I was zipped into two sleeping bags under a tent, curled into the fetal position, my hands between my thighs to preserve my fading warmth. My hips were sore from curling up on the unforgiving ground, and I was elated to have a donated scarf wound around my head, which pushed my warm breath back into my face.
"Syracuse guys are picked in the lottery year-after-year," said former Syracuse guard Jason Hart. Yet there are just four Syracuse players currently in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, Dion Waiters and Wesley Johnson.
"I don’t want her to rely solely on 3-point shot or the drive," Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. "She needs to have balance. As long as she’s taking good (3-pointers) in the flow of the offense, we’re OK with that."
Raptors and NBA TV analyst, and Syracuse legend Leo Rautins calls in to talk about SU hoops with host Wesley Cheng on The Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by SNY.tv. Editor in Chief Brad Bierman also calls in to chat about the Orange’s upcoming game with Duke.