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Jim Boeheim is Embracing Being a Retired Celebrity

Since his retirement in March, Jim Boeheim has made many proclamations, including that he will not attend Syracuse basketball games this season. But, despite not going to some events, Boeheim has been attending other events around Central New York including The Basketball Tournament to watch his former players compete on a team named after the longtime SU head coach.

Boeheim watched his son Buddy at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and has made plenty of other trips and visits around the country. His most recent endeavor was a voyage to Bills training camp, where he got to be a fan and enjoy his time around one of the best organizations of the past few seasons in the NFL.

“I just love the Bills and my son, Jimmy, loves them and met Josh [Allen] a couple of times,” Boeheim told “And it’s just great to be here. And to watch these guys, this should be a special year. Really looking forward to watching them this year.”

Regarding Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, who is seen by many as one of the top-five players at his position in the NFL, Boeheim had a lot of praise for the Bills’ signal caller.

“I love him,” Boeheim said to about Allen. “I think he’s a great kid. I mean, I love him. I talked to him a few times. And he’s just such a great kid. But he’s a great football player. It’s fun to watch him.”

The two share a common interest in golf, as Allen has participated in The Match along with the American Century Championship over the past couple of years. Boeheim coached golf at Syracuse before he coached basketball, and hosts an annual golf tournament through the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation every year.

On top of that, Boeheim spoke about how impressed he was with how things worked at Bills practice compared to his basketball practices, and that spending a day not on the golf course or fishing was a nice change of pace for the former Orange head man.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


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