While the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team announced another non-conference game on Monday, it was also announced that the man responsible for scheduling most of them in recent years is no longer with the program.
Following a release around the hire of Peter Corasaniti as the Orange’s director of basketball operations, SU also noted that Kip Wellman — who’s held the role since 2013 — would be leaving the program to pursue other opportunities.
Normally, this isn’t earth-shattering news, and it may not be here. But Wellman’s tenure was notable for adjusting how Syracuse schedules. While Jim Boeheim’s teams were at one time derided (rightly or wrongly) for soft non-conference schedules, Wellman came in and altered the math around non-conference scheduling to give the Orange the computer numbers it needed to make the NCAA Tournament as a fringe at-large team. Syracuse’s 2016 and 2018 trips to March Madness can in part be attributed to Wellman’s schedule construction providing an SOS the committee deemed was worth including in the field despite double-digit losses .
Wellman was pretty open about the process too, even providing TNIAAM and Syracuse.com with separate looks at how he constructed the schedule. This year’s process would be a bit different given the 20-game ACC slate, but assuming he had a hand in most of the games on the calendar at this point, the thinking was that Kip had it covered (despite the questionable SOS currently on the board).
We’ll see if Corasaniti continues scheduling in the same fashion going forward. With luck, the results are there not to shake things up too much.
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“It was the right time for me and my family,” Wellman said in a text to The Daily Orange. “Want to pursue other opportunities in basketball.” He added that he’s “still working on the details,” regarding where he goes next.
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