You knew the #HotSportsTakes were coming even before the NCAA levied their sanctions on the Syracuse Orange. Now that we're past Day Zero of The Sanction Era, let's see what kind of TAEKS took us on a whirlwind journey of important opinions, easy assumptions and strong punishments.
We begin, like all college basketball hot takes must, with Pat Forde. No surprise, Mr. Louisville thinks that Jim Boeheim should coach his last game at SU today.
The school should give him a hero's send-off, if it wishes. He's brought a lot of glory to a bleak northern outpost, filled a cavernous arena, stayed loyal to Syracuse for the vast majority of his 70-year life. He's entitled to a fond farewell.
But Jim Boeheim should not be entitled to keep his job in perpetuity, through an unseemly and craven abdication of rules compliance. He's not emperor. He's a basketball coach, and a great one, but also a basketball coach who oversaw a scofflaw program and is now dealing with the second postseason ban of his career.
You have to win a lot of games to keep your job after one postseason ban.
Nobody should keep their job after two.
Not even the patriarch of a powerhouse program.
Fun Fact: Pat Forde wrote this in 2011 and its just been sitting there in his draft folder ever since.
You can't talk Takes and not talk Dana O'Neil. She who mourns The Olde Big East says Boeheim's legacy is forever altered because of the sanctions.
"Everyone needs to be noting we are moving to a new place in regards to the severity of the penalties going forward," Banowsky said.
Even in the here and now, the dagger will dig pretty deep.
Jim Boeheim will survive.
But his reputation will never be the same.
Up next, USA Today's Dan Wolken, who thinks Jim Boeheim got off way too easy.
The truth is, as things stand, there's no reason Syracuse can't continue as a national power with Boeheim in charge.
And yet still, Syracuse officials whined and complained Friday while absolving their beloved head coach of responsibility for a program he's run for nearly four decades.
At least we know who's still in charge.
And then there's Paul Newberry of the AP who wins for the most HOTTAKEY take on the Jim Boeheim Firing take.
Here's some real March Madness.
For the better part of a decade, Jim Boeheim oversaw a college basketball program that broke all sorts of rules — from not following its own drug-testing policy to doing whatever it could to maintain the eligibility of academically deficient players — yet the only real price he's required to pay is a nine-game suspension next season.
Actually, he should be getting ready to coach his final game at Syracuse.
Call it a retirement, if you like. Whatever.
After the NCAA released its damning report Friday on the Orange's lawless program, it's clear that one of the nation's most storied coaches needs to voluntarily step down — or be handed a pink slip, if he refuses to go quietly.
CBS Sports's Gary Parrish focuses on the effect the loss of scholarships will have, but he has no pit for Boeheim or the program.
it's difficult to feel sorry for Boeheim or anybody else connected to the program (other than the players who will miss this season's NCAA Tournament because of no fault of their own). Regardless of what any of us think about the NCAA and its rules, the NCAA does have rules. And it's obvious, after this long investigation, that Boeheim, for much of his career, has run a program that cared little about the rules. From boosters providing extra benefits to egregious acts of academic fraud, it's all detailed in the report. So Syracuse is getting what Syracuse deserves, and what Syracuse is getting in the form of scholarship reductions will lower the ceiling on what's likely for Jim Boeheim -- and perhaps on what's possible for the Orange well after Boeheim has delivered his final smirk from the sideline.
Closer to home, the Daily Orange Editorial Board agrees that Jim Boeheim deserves punishment for the sanction but also wants to see some doled out in the direction of DOCTOR Daryl Gross.
The problems in the athletics department are not isolated to the men’s basketball team. The investigation found issues within multiple athletic programs. These high-level infractions fall under Gross’ domain as well and it is imbalanced that the NCAA sanctioned Boeheim and not Gross.
For over 10 years, it has been Gross’ duty to oversee the entire athletics department — something which he has clearly failed to do adequately given the infractions that were found. Gross also needs to be pressed with strict penalties — if not from the NCAA, then by the university itself.
The Post-Standard Editorial Board, meanwhile, went a little broader. They agree that Syracuse should have been punished but they take some shots at the NCAA for the poor way it handled the entire saga.
In setting penalties and sanctions, the NCAA is most unaccountable. It judges "lack of institutional controls" as it strings together over 10 years of infractions -- some serious, some ridiculous -- to support its arbitrary penalties. But as seen in the handling of the Penn State case, it is mostly concerned with public perception of its moral authority by member institutions and fear of its financial might.
Syracuse appears to have been blindsided by the severity of the penalties. Woe to any other school in the same boat.
Boeheim should note the fact that the Post-Standard, the media outlet he seems to disdain the most, is the only one that kinda-sorta defended him and his program today...