After Wednesday’s loss to the 9th-seeded Miami Hurricanes, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim didn’t shy away from any postgame comments — as he typically doesn’t.
“I think New York’s a great place,” Boeheim said. “Obviously, we get some fans here. It doesn’t matter in terms of who wins. I just think New York City is a great venue for our tournament. I think the big city is where it should be played. I think it should be played here, Washington, Atlanta. That’s where the tournament should be played.”
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Jim didn’t stop there.
“I’m not going to be around much longer to care about it, but I think that’s where the value is. I think there’s a huge value in playing the tournament in those places. There’s no value in playing Greensboro, none. It’s there because the leagues’ been there and the office is there, and they have 150 people that the ACC needs. That’s why it’s there. It should not be there.”
“...And I’m saying all that because I don’t give a shit. I’m just saying what’s right. That’s what’s right. Why do you think the Big Ten is coming to New York? It’s business, good business sense. They all say it’s a business. Well, then, let’s start acting like it’s a business.”
Vintage, vintage Boeheim.
We all knew we’d get a few classic lines for Jim during this press conference, and he delivered.
But he’s right. And that’s not a biased opinion. New York City is the place to hold conference tournaments for the biggest leagues. And the ACC — being the nation’s best — deserves to be in the Big Apple.
Now, MSG and the Big East have a contract through 2026, so you have to settle for the Barclays Center — but it’s a start.
Greensboro’s great if nobody wants to stand up to Duke and North Carolina — but Jim Boeheim doesn’t give a shit, remember?
Oh, and the City of Greensboro fired back.