Dec 13, 2012
Boeheim Upset Over Big East’s Fate

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/bigeast/2012/12/13/big-east-conference-breakup-syracuse-jim-boeheim/1767643/

Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim has been a part of the Big East from its founding in 1979. That makes him the last basketball coach still active since the league’s founding. On Thursday, when USA TODAY Sports reported the conference’s Catholic basketball-playing schools planned to leave the league, Boeheim reacted with sadness over the demise of league that he feels holds a special place in college basketball history.

“It has been a privilege to be in this conference, he said. Anyone who thinks I am not disappointed, that I am not sad that the Big East did not survive, they don’t know me. I don’t have any patience for those people.”

Syracuse announced in fall 2011 that it, along with Pittsburgh, would leave the Big East for the ACC. But Boeheim will always be known for his classic matchups in the Big East with Georgetown’s John Thompson, Lou Carnesecca of St. John’s, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun and the league’s other fixtures.

“It made my life, he said. It made my career. I don’t get into the Hall of Fame. I don’t get the Olympics. I don’t help coach two gold medal-winning Olympic teams and a world championship team or work with USA basketball. That all came from getting into the Big East. That is what the Big East did for me. A lot of people who make these decisions (around the country) have been here a couple minutes. I have been here 50 years. The last 34 in the Big East. It has been an unbelievable ride. … This is what I know.”

Boeheim Upset Over Big East’s Fate

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/bigeast/2012/12/13/big-east-conference-breakup-syracuse-jim-boeheim/1767643/

Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim has been a part of the Big East from its founding in 1979. That makes him the last basketball coach still active since the league’s founding. On Thursday, when USA TODAY Sports reported the conference’s Catholic basketball-playing schools planned to leave the league, Boeheim reacted with sadness over the demise of league that he feels holds a special place in college basketball history.

“It has been a privilege to be in this conference, he said. Anyone who thinks I am not disappointed, that I am not sad that the Big East did not survive, they don’t know me. I don’t have any patience for those people.”

Syracuse announced in fall 2011 that it, along with Pittsburgh, would leave the Big East for the ACC. But Boeheim will always be known for his classic matchups in the Big East with Georgetown’s John Thompson, Lou Carnesecca of St. John’s, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun and the league’s other fixtures.

“It made my life, he said. It made my career. I don’t get into the Hall of Fame. I don’t get the Olympics. I don’t help coach two gold medal-winning Olympic teams and a world championship team or work with USA basketball. That all came from getting into the Big East. That is what the Big East did for me. A lot of people who make these decisions (around the country) have been here a couple minutes. I have been here 50 years. The last 34 in the Big East. It has been an unbelievable ride. … This is what I know.”






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