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Syracuse Basketball: Jim Boeheim Just Can't Help Himself

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Jim Boeheim does his best impression of a supportive coach to a freshman going pro...but he's still Boeheim.

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Jim Boeheim is who he is. All the criticism and takedowns in the world aren't going to change that at this point. But...he CAN mellow out a little bit.

So knowing how he feels about players going pro early, it shouldn't be much of a surprise to find out that he harbors some lingering concerns over Chris McCullough's early departure from the Syracuse Orange. But it's at least nice to see he's tempering his far.

"I might think that somebody may be making a mistake, but that doesn't matter," said Jim Boeheim prior to the 16th annual "Basket Ball" gala at Turning Stone Resort and Casino. "I know Chris has a tremendous amount of talent. I think it can work out for him. I hope it works out for him. You know, you have to make these decisions when you're young. Somehow they find a way to work out."

Fair enough, I'd say. You might want your coach to be 100% supportive of your decision to go pro, but, that's just not Jim. This is as close as you're gonna get.

Those comments came during this weekend's Basket Ball, where Boeheim also spoke about what could have been this past season, even if he seems to be forgetting something...

"[McCullough] went down after (three) leagues games," Boeheim said. "And if he hadn't, we would have been a Tournament team. I believe that."