There are plenty of factors leading fans to believe hall of fame Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim might be retiring soon. Most notably, both his sons are playing their final collegiate years for him this upcoming season, and now his good friend and fellow legendary coach, Mike Krzyzewski has announced he’ll retire at the end of the season. So why not? Ride off into the sunset with your good buddy and your two sons by your side right? Wrong. Adam Zagoria of Forbes writes that Boeheim won’t be hanging up the clipboard anytime soon, there’s a good chance he’ll even be on the sidelines past 80.
In his piece, Zagoria details that Boeheim has no plans to retire, he cites a recent interview in which the long-time coach denounced any rumors, “I’m definitely coaching longer, definitely coaching, I’m not thinking about not coaching at all,” and added that he’s optimistic toward the thought of coaching past 80, “I could. I’m going to try. If it works, it works. They said in 2011-12, I’d be done in two years, so I guess they weren’t right, you know?”
And it has worked despite a clear decline in the team’s play during the regular season over the past decade. Syracuse went from a perennial top 10 team to a perennial bubble team. Though who cares if you still have a Final Four appearance, and two Sweet Sixteen appearances to show for it? Syracuse has produced playoff victories and exciting teams under Boeheim for six different decades, he’s the first coach ever to do that. Some like to comment on how SU doesn’t really compete all that well in the ACC, but is that true? In terms of how SU’s playoff stats stack up with the other teams in their relatively new home, the ACC, they’re near the top in most categories: Tied for the second most tournament appearances, tied for third in tournament wins, and tied for first in Sweet 16 appearances. Jim Boeheim is as good as ever, and will most likely be coaching this team for a lot longer, and rightfully so. With top recruits potentially on their way, Syracuse and more importantly Jim Boeheim will continue to prove doubters wrong and make deep tournament runs.