After the NCAA gave out their verdict on Jim Boeheim’s appeal to disregard his nine-game ban in the NCAA due to infractions, the management decided to move the suspensions to the non-conference season.
The Syracuse Orange and Hall of Fame coach will be serving his first of nine game-bans starting Saturday when Syracuse Orange go up against rival Georgetown.
Miscommunication may have been an issue as to why Boeheim was not happy with the abrupt changes. He was only informed about the recent changes on Wednesday night after their game against Wisconsin. He was not even able to meet his team prior to the changes.
According to Boeheim, he was only given two days’ notice.
“If they were going to do this, why not six weeks ago? We have been preparing to use the next few games and practices to prepare the coaching staff for what was going to happen. Now, we have less than two days. It’s less than ideal. The players are in class. I can’t pull them out of class. They’re going to know from the public before they hear it from me.”
Due to the suspension, and under the league rules, Boeheim cannot be in contact with his team. No practice, phone calls, or travel.
His last games for the meantime with Syracuse will be on Thurs and Friday. His next duty with the team after his ban will be on January 9 when they host North Carolina.
Mike Hopkins, assistant to Boeheim, will be calling the shots in his absence.
“It will be difficult, very difficult. I’ve missed three games I 40 years, and that’s when I was being treated for cancer. That’s it. It will be a very difficult process. We just have to work through it. The team will be all right. The coaches are prepared.” Said Boeheim.
Aside from the game against Georgetown, he will also miss the game against Colgate, St. John’s, Cornell, Montana State, Texas Southern, Pitt, Miami, and Clemson.
“The University is pleased the Appeals Committee recognized that the initial sanction imposed on Coach Boeheim was too harsh. Nevertheless, we supported Coach Boeheim’s argument made during his hearing that any nine-game suspension would be too severe based on previous cases, and his lack of involvement in the underlying conduct, which the Appeals Committee recognized.” Said Syracuse Senior Vice President Kevin Quinn in a statement.