Facing a losing record, Jim Boeheim and Syracuse must find another gear

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Nov 30, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim speaks to the media following SU's 112-110 win over Indiana at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Gustin/The Juice Online.

Syracuse is in the midst of its worst season in the Jim Boeheim era and is coming off an embarrassing loss to Pittsburgh. We spoke with ESPN’s John Gasaway to make sense of it all on this week’s The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by SNY.tv.

Aside from being a college basketball analyst at ESPN.com and the author of ESPN’s Bubble Watch column, he is the author of Miracles on the Hardwood, a look at the rise of Catholic college basketball (with significant Syracuse basketball references).

We went over a variety of topics with Gasaway, including the top storylines from the 2021-22 college basketball season so far and his picks for best team and best conference in the country. As it specifically relates to Syracuse, we also chatted with Gasaway about why the Orange is struggling so much, his thoughts on whether it’s time for Jim Boeheim to retire, and whether Boeheim can avoid his first losing season as head coach of Syracuse.

Afterward, we chatted with former Syracuse lacrosse midfielder Al Giocondi about his thoughts on the upcoming season, which will feature a new head coach for the first time in 24 years. Giocondi played from 2008-11, which coincided with the last national championship that outgoing head coach John Desko won.

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He also gave his favorite Desko memories, while giving his thoughts on where the program is headed under new head coach Gary Gait.

Giocondi has continued his strong Syracuse connection after graduation, teaming with former Syracuse linebacker Brandon Card to launch a new tech company, Terzo, an enterprise software platform for vendor relationship management.

Other Syracuse athletics alumni working for Terzo include former linebacker Jake Flaherty and one of its most recent hires, former Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey.

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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 worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) 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. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.