The Syracuse Orange are leaving the Big East Conference after the season to join the ACC. Putting geographical questions to the side, you know that Jim Boeheim wanted to end his run in the Big East on a high note.
While he still has a chance in the conference tournament to leave on a positive note, he left the regular season on a different kind of note — like a ripped-to-shreds note.
Boeheim has been especially grumpy this season. It is fun to make fun of Boeheim for his antics. Whether it was calling Andy Katz disloyal, downplaying a Providence Friars‘ record, or telling reporters to get their Pulitzer somewhere else — Boeheim has been a quotable machine.
As entertaining as it has been, no one can question his love for what the Big East was originally intended to be — a strong basketball conference.
Obviously, the veteran coach was looking to leave the conference with a bang. Although, I doubt he had the banging noise of his players’ jumpers off the iron in mind. In the Orange’s loss to the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday, Syracuse managed to score an underwhelming 39 points. It makes one wonder if the Orange were either too excited for the game, or forgot they were allowed to put the ball in the basket altogether.
The only chance Syracuse has now at leaving the conference on a positive is the Big East Tournament. It isn’t like the Orange don’t have a historically great track record there. In fact, in one of the more memorable Big East Tournaments ever, former Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara led the team to win the tournament — securing the only way the team would make the NCAA Tournament in that season.
Personally, I have always given Boeheim and his antics a hard time. But even I can see the man cares as much as any for what the Big East was. I don’t root for Syracuse (or more directly Boeheim) often, but when I do, it is to leave the Big East in a fashion deserving of one of the league’s most proud programs.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone