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Jim Boeheim, reporter feud at Final Four press conference (VIDEO)

Apr 7, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

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Questions about Jim Boeheim’s future with Syracuse had drawn attention in the weeks prior to the Final Four, but he appeared to have cleared them up before his team’s matchup with Michigan Saturday night.

But’s Gregg Doyel asked the question again in the video above, drawing the response below:

Q. When do you think you’ll decide, announce, whether or not you’re coming back next year?

BOEHEIM: Why would you ask that question? I expect it from you. I know you. Why ask that question? Are you going to ask John Beilein that question.

(WATCH: Video of the exchange here)

The exchange went back and forth for a few more moments before Boeheim moved on to another question. But he circled back around at the end of the press conference when asked about whether he wanted to coach in the ACC. Boeheim proceeded to go on a pro-ACC tangent. Below are some of his key points:

On the remaining Big East:

“I love the Big East, but if the Big East was the same as it was, or even remotely the same, I would quit because I wouldn’t be happy. The Big East is not there at all. In fact, there’s more Big East teams in the ACC than there are Big East teams in whatever the conference is, American whatever.”

On travel:

“For us to be able to stay on the East Coast, and predominantly all our games are an hour and a half, almost all, and in the Big East, without this crazy expansion, we had to go to Florida, we had to go to Marquette, Notre Dame anyway. So we had long trips. We’ll have the same long trips that we had. When you’re chartering now, it’s mostly an hour, most of these trips.”

On the ACC’s impact on his personal decisions:

“I mean, the ACC has absolutely zero input into whether I would not coach next year. The only reason that I would not coach next year is because I didn’t feel I could do a good job or wanted to do it, and I have no feeling at all now that that will be the case. Usually right now I would have that feeling. If I don’t have it now, I’m not going to have it in September.”

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. sabatimus - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    This is one of the few times, in situations like this, that the coach is out of line. The reporter asked a simple question (and a relevant one, given Boeheim’s about to coach his last game of the year), and yes maybe Boeheim doesn’t want to hear it before the championship game, but Boeheim jumped down his throat. Doyel might be a dick, but this wasn’t a dick question.

    • sabatimus - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Too bad I can’t remove the above post.

    • opobserver - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      When I saw this headline, “Boeheim Will Return to Syracuse Next Year”, I thought to myself how many times does He have to respond to this question? He has spent more time making it clear that he will not retire anytime soon than he has talking about his team and their games. The reporter has the obligation to be informed about the person he’s reporting on, and he obviously knows Boeheim since Boeheim states that he knows him. This is just badgering in the hopes of catching a headline in order to bring attention to himself as a reporter. In other words fabricating news where there isn’t any. You idiots who keep asking this question (not “a simple question”) need to shut up and learn how to use your brain to come up with new, pertinent questions, and lay off Boeheim.

    • opobserver - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      This is nonsense!

      • sabatimus - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        I suppose you could’ve read my attempt at a retraction instead of insulting me.

  2. cranespy - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I was a long time Boeheim fan………but no longer. He used to be an engaging coach who was always a great interview. Nowadays he has become THAT guy who stayed too long….he is now always on the defensive…..too senile to craft an appropriate amount of coach speak for even the most mundane of questions. It will not end well for Jimmy….he should walk away now with this one last Final Four run…instead he will take on the ACC and some day very soon it will all come crashing down on him…..legacy be damned.

    • opobserver - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      This couldn’t possibly be because of the press’s influence on your opinion, could it? The press has been going after him about retirement all year.

  3. tvfan56 - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    As a former TV videographer who has actually been in news conferences and locker rooms post-game with Coach Boeheim and dozens of other Division 1 coaches I have to tell you how embarrassed I was to be a member of the media at those events. The stupid, inane repeatedly asked questions by alleged sports writers and reporters who have never played or could play any sport was totally unbelievable. Jim Boeheim has every right in the world to get surly with the media. The fact that he is civil at all is amazing to me. The majority of media “experts” are just a bunch of egotistical, vain idiots that are looking for headlines with their byline or with their mug on camera. I think their are only a few dozen sports media people that truly understand or care about reporting facts. These guys who do actually care about facts are far too few and unfortunately for every college coach across the country the world of college athletics, they just have to live with that fact. So give Coach B a break, he just lost a Final Four game that he could have just as easily won if not for few calls going the other way…he has every right to be surly. Just remember, just like you and me, he is human. How would you feel in the same situation?

  4. theclaim - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Great basketball mind with a unique perspective and approach to a truly effective defense. Boeheim has his teams in the big dance perennially. He exudes LEGACY! There are no Dean Smiths or Jimmy Valvanos left no John Wooden or Tark the Sharks. Boeheim is a class act and was grilled w a ridiculous q at a Bad time when emotions were running high to say the least. Triche was called for a charge and fouled out on one of the worst calls I have ever seen in a game of this magnitude. Carter Williams fouled out the same way, taking a STIFFARM as he set up for a trap. As a basketball fan I COMPLETELY understand Jim’s anger after the game. Refs should t choose which teams advan e beyond calling a good game. At about the 4 min mark they began calling ticky tack fouls after letting both teams PLAY and bang in the paint for the previous 36 min? Championship*

  5. thebadguyswon - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Two douchebags having a testy exchange. shocker.

  6. cranespy - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    He has stayed way too long…..go look at the tape of Jim in the handshake line. He couldn’t get past John B. fast enough……he showed his true character in that moment… why not stop, look John in the eye and congratulate him for the way his team played….for making his first trip to the Final Four…..Rick P, Coach K, Roy, Shaka, Andy, Brad, Bill, ALL of them would’ve taken the high road…..there is no QUESTIONABLE call that relieves a coach from his responsibility to be gracious in defeat. The PRESSER afterwards was just more of the same…..whoa is me……don’t you dare ask that stupid question.

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