Look no further for an analogy of Syracuse’s struggles over the past month than Jim Boeheim’s growing testiness with the media, which boiled over again following Monday’s 74-71 loss at Marquette.
When a reporter asked Boeheim if he considered using DaJuan Coleman to try and slow down Marquette’s Davante Gardner, who burned the Orange for a career-high 26 points, Boeheim drily replied, “Our two best defensive players were in the game … You should try coaching. That’s what you think you are, so maybe you should try that.”
The awkwardness continued when Boeheim expressed his incredulity at the notion that his team lacked a leader, which seemed to send him over the edge later in the presser.
“Any more coaches here?” Boeheim asked the room mockingly. “Want to ask another coaching question? I’d be happy to take it. I’ve only been doing this 37 years, I’m sure you’ve got more ideas of who we should play or we shouldn’t play or who should lead? What do I know?”
Boeheim concluded this love fest with “Go get your Pulitzer somewhere else” before leaving the podium. Now Andy Katz doesn’t feel nearly as lonely, as it appears that every member of the media is the target of Boeheim’s ire.
For audio of the lovefest, click here.