Week in review (2/20): Boeheim’s other rants

wesIn the past week, there has been a lot made out of Jim Boeheim’s rant following Monday’s 63-52 win over West Virginia.

But as my friend and colleague Matt Dagostino pointed out in his column earlier in the week, “as Boeheim rants are concerned, that was pretty mild.”

I agree. There was probably a little too much made out of Boeheim’s confrontation with the local media and it got blown out of proportion.

In fact, it wasn’t even the first time this season that Boeheim had gotten into a scrape with a reporter. Take a look at this video following Syracuse’s run in the Legends Classic back in November.

Sometimes, when Boeheim is upset, inanimate objects can also become targets.

That being said, every single one of Boeheim’s diatribes — past, present and future — will always be compared to the one he made during Syracuse’s magical run in the 2006 Big East tournament.

If you remember, in the buildup to Syracuse’s first round matchup against Cincinnati, the Orange was, at best, a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament.

Sports Illustrated and the Post-Standard both conducted anonymous polls of Big East players and assistant coaches. In each poll, Gerry McNamara was voted the Big East’s “Most Overrated” player.

We all know what happened after that.

Hard to imagine that was five years ago now, but that tirade still continues to be talked about to this day.

I doubt the same will be said about Monday’s press conference.

That’s all for this week, folks. See you at the same time, same place next week.


Wesley Cheng
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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.