Syracuse University held its annual ‘Cuse Awards earlier this week which recognizes some of the top athletes and teams at the school this past calendar year.
Jim Boeheim, as he normally does, grabbed some laughs and raised some eyebrows during his time on stage in front of the microphone.
“I hope everybody’s having a great year,” he said. “I didn’t. Normally when you lose your last game, you’re really upset. Not so much when you’re in the NIT.”
The camera immediately went to John Gillon and Tyus Battle who couldn’t hold back laughter.
The Hall of Famer continued, “Not only did we lose the last game, but then I find out I’ve gotta coach for five or six more years.”
Boeheim, of course, was referring to his contract extension that he agreed to once Mike Hopkins left to the University of Washington.
The night Boeheim signed his extension, Adam Zagoria reported the extension was through the 2021-22 season, but the report was denied by SU spokesman Pete Moore, who said via email it was “Not true.”
However, Boeheim saying he’ll be coaching five or six more years coincides with his youngest son, Buddy, and his future college career.
There has always been speculation that he wants to coach Buddy at Syracuse, but that’s exactly what it is — speculation.
Buddy is currently deciding between staying at Jamesville DeWitt for his senior year or attending a prep school.
Here’s the link to the ‘Cuse Awards. Boeheim goes on stage around the 1:08:00 mark.