Much has befallen the Syracuse athletic department the last several months.
From accusations of sexual molestation against former Orange assistant Bernie Fine, to he Orange’s defection to the ACC, to an inflammatory drug-testing story alleging Syracuse players were permitted to play despite testing positive for banned substances, it hasn’t been a good year off the court for Syracuse.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim insisted Thursday that the headlines haven’t affected his team on the court. Considering the season the Orange (31-3) has had, he has a good point.
“This is a media thing,” the coach said following a 58-55 win over Connecticut. “This doesn’t bother our players or our team or me. None of this. This is a media thing, period.”
Boeheim said the school reported the drug-testing issue to the NCAA five years ago and has been waiting for them to finish the process.
Widely considered one of the top two teams in the country, the Orange have seemingly ignored all of the negative press that has come there way in recent months. In Thursday’s 58-55 win over Connecticut, the top-seeded Orange held the Huskies to 34 percent shooting.
Said Boeheim: “If things were bother us, we wouldn’t be 31-1. Nothing bothers us. We come ready to play. That’s what you should do in life. Everyone gets bothered. Everybody has problems.”
Boeheim added some levity a while later.
“I’m much more concerned about my wife being made at me than I am anything else, to tell you the truth,” the coach joked. “I think Manning should really come to the Jets, too.”