UPDATE – 5:25 p.m. ET: Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim officially retires. Adrian Autry will become the new head coach.
A legendary coaching tenure that turned this program into a perennial national power comes to a close after 47 years.
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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim hinted at retirement following the Orange’s 77-74 loss to Wake Forest in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.
“I think you missed it,” Boeheim told reporters. “I gave my retirement speech on the court last Saturday, and I gave it in the press conference afterward, and nobody except William Payne figured it out.”
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Jim Boeheim Leaves Retirement Decision In The Hands Of Syracuse
Boeheim’s comments suggest he will retire but would not directly say that the loss to Wake Forest was his last game as head coach.
During the press conference, Boeheim said it’s the university’s decision if they want him to return as head coach.
“This is up to the university,” Boeheim said. “They have to make their decision, and it’s up to them. I hope we can come to a good agreement. I mean, that remains to be seen.”
Jim Boeheim Ranks Second All-Time In Wins
If this is the end for Boeheim at Syracuse, he leaves college basketball as the sport’s second-winningest coach. In 47 years as the head coach of Syracuse, Boeheim has an official record of 1,015-441. However, 105 wins were vacated due to NCAA rules violations.
Boehim ranks second in wins behind former Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who holds the record with 1,202 victories.
Boeheim won the National Championship during the 2002-2003 season thanks to the outstanding play of freshman Carmelo Anthony.
Boeheim has struggled the last two seasons, compiling a 33-32 record. Boeheim will likely miss the NCAA Tournament for a second-straight season.
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