FILE -Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, left, assistant coach Gerry McNamara, center, and associate head coach Adrian Autry watch from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is retiring after 47 years of leading the university's basketball program, the team announced Wednesday, March 8, 2023 after a loss knocked them out of the ACC Conference Tournament. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim Steps Down

After 47 seasons, Jim Boeheim has stepped down as Syracuse’s head coach. Adrian Autry has been named as replacement. After the awkward hinting at the parting of Boeheim from the program, he is not sure as to what’s in store and leaves the verdict up to the university.

Press Conference

Boeheim followed by saying “I always have the choice of retirement, but it’s their decision as to whether I coach or not. It always has been.”

After Syracuse was eliminated from the ACC Tournament, Boeheim raised speculations during press conferences as to what was to come. Soon after, the university announced that his 47th season would be his last with the program.

The statement was then followed by announcing Adrian Autry to take over as head coach. Autry is a former point guard for the Orange who played 121 games in his four seasons for Boeheim and has spent more than a decade coaching alongside Boeheim.

The Glory Days

Syracuse’s powerhouse was not made in a season. It was made in 47. When the Orange’s basketball team is mentioned, Jim Boeheim’s name is in tow. His three time appearance in the National Championship with one leading to cutting down the net has ensured his name in Syracuse and NCAA basketball history.

In Boeheim’s nearly half century of coaching, his record is 1,015-441 post 101 vacated wins due to violations of rules by NCAA sanctions. Those numbers put him right behind Mike Krzyzewski at second overall for career Division I wins.

Before Boeheim’s professional life, he played four years for Syracuse from 1963-1966. After graduating in 1969, he became their assistant coach and soon after became the Oranges head coach in 1976.

Making History

After Boeheim’s 47th year, he will step down from the program with a 17-15 record and miss the NCAA tournament. Although not the outcome Boeheim wanted, he stands at second all-time tournament appearances with 35, five of which being Final Four trips and one of those leading to the 2003 National Championship title.

His time with the program will go down in history and will be a hard one to follow.


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