Jim Boeheim

Jim Boeheim to reporters: “Go get your Pulitzer someplace else”


Jim Boeheim seems super-grumpy these days, even for the nation’s most curmudgeonly head coach.

Two weeks ago, Boeheim snapped at ESPN.com’s Andy Katz in a press conference, calling him an “idiot” and “disloyal” and refusing to answer any questions from the most well-recognized college hoops reporter in the country. Last week, he neglected to give any credit to Vincent Council, the Providence point guard that set the Big East’s career-assist record against his team in a 25 point loss.

And after Syracuse blew a double-digit first half lead in a loss at Marquette last night, the 68-year old Boeheim’s emotions boiled over once again.

(CLICK HERE to listen to the entirety of Boeheim’s nine-minute press conference)

It started when Boeheim was asked a question about the 26 points that Davante Gardner score and whether or not burly freshman DaJuan Coleman could have helped slow him down.

His response?

“Our two best defensive players were in the game,” Boeheim said before pausing for about ten seconds and following up that statement. “But you should try coaching maybe. Let’s see what you think you are. So maybe you should try that.”

After a couple more questions, CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman asked Boeheim about his team’s leadership and whether or not it’s becoming a problem:

“We’re the same team we’ve been all year. I don’t even understand that. You think because you come to Marquette and lose by two or three points you need a new guy? I don’t.”

It’s something you said earlier in the year, you were able to get away without it.

“I don’t think I said that. ”

You don’t need a killer type guy? A leader? It just doesn’t seem like anybody’s talking.

“It may seem like that to you.”

To his credit, Boeheim did eventually respond to that question, saying that, more or less, the issues that Syracuse has right now has to do with their ability to shoot the ball, the zone defenses that they have been facing of late, bad turnovers at inopportune times and a lack of offensive rebounding.

While that seemed like classic Boeheim, he once again saved his best for the end.

“Any more coaches here?” Boeheim said with a chuckle. “Want to ask another coaching question? I’d be happy to take it. I’ve only been doing this 37 years, I’m sure you’ve got more ideas of who we should play or we shouldn’t play or who should lead? What do I know?”

After preaching about how the Big East should have taken the TV deal back in 2011 that would have netted each school in the conference $17 million, Boeheim closed with this:

“I think you oughta know by now, you start asking me those questions, I just laugh at you. that’s all I do.”

“Go get your Pulitzer someplace else.”

Some in the media hate Boeheim when he goes on the rants, but I love it. He’s not a machine; he’s human. He’s frustrated and emotional about a loss and he doesn’t have the time to be answering these inane questions about his ability to coach.

In a day and age where everyone is so concerned about their public image and being politically correct, it’s fun to see a coach that’s not afraid of snapping back at a question he doesn’t like from a reporter.

Just as long as I’m not on the wrong end of one of his verbal tail-whippings.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

Kennesaw State blows eight-point lead in 16 seconds, loses to Elon

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Kennesaw State entered Monday night at 1-6 on the season, but with 19 seconds left, it looked like the Owls have their second of the season locked up. Kendrick Ray made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to put KSU up 89-81, and all they had to do was avoid a complete meltdown to get out with a win.

They couldn’t.

A Luke Eddy layup with 16 seconds left cut the lead to six, and after KSU’s Nigel Pruitt missed two free throws, Dainan Swoope his a three with seven seconds left to make the score 89-86.

On the ensuing inbounds, Kennesaw State threw the ball away … and then proceeded to foul Eddy when he was shooting a three. This is what that disaster looked like:

Eddy would hit all three threes before, shockingly, KSU turned the ball over again. Elon could not capitalize this time, sending the game to overtime, where the Phoenix outscored the Owls 14-4.

Elon won 104-94.

Here’s what the comeback looked like on the play-by-play:

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Rick Pitino: Louisville ‘just ignored’ in top 25 due of scandal

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Louisville beatdown Saint Louis at the Barclays Center on Sunday night, a 77-57 win that was much closer at halftime than the final score might indicate.

The win moved the Cardinals to 5-0 on the season, and that, in turn, got Louisville into the back end of both top 25 polls.

They’re 24th in the AP Poll and 22nd in the Coaches Poll, but that happened on Monday morning. On Sunday night, Pitino made sure to get a rant in about how this team is viewed and why pundits and voters should overlook the scandal currently plaguing his program.

“I think people are looking at that and they’re not really studying the team,” he said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, adding that he thinks the team is “just ignored” because of the accusations leveled by self-described madam Katina Powell in the book she published back in October.

And here’s the thing: he is 100 percent correct. Louisville was overlooked in the preseason because the scandal, when combined with the fact that the Cardinals are integrating so many new pieces into their rotation, made it tough to see how they would be able to compete at a level that we’ve come to expect out of Louisville teams.

I know that because it’s why my colleagues at NBCSports.com, against my wishes, refused to allow me to rank Louisville in the preseason top 25. In other words, I’ve had first-hand interactions with the haters. But if we’re going to be honest here, scandal or no scandal, Louisville probably wasn’t going to find their way into the preseason top 25, not when they had to replace Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell.

And scandal or no scandal, no team from outside the top 25 is going to play their way into the top 25 by beating the likes of North Florida and St. Francis (NY) without some shenanigans — like Fred VanVleet getting hurt, like Indiana collapsing, like Arizona and Cal and Notre Dame playing their way out of the top 20 — happening around the country.

So Pitino is right: the scandal probably did have an impact on how his team was viewed in the preseason.

But Pitino the scandal isn’t what kept them out of the top 25 until Monday.

That weak non-conference schedule and roster turnover was why.

And if we’re going to be honest here, it probably should have kept them out for another week.