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Jim Boeheim’s postgame comments fuel retirement speculation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday night, the Syracuse University twitter account sent out — and then deleted — a cryptic tweet linking a story written by a community college student that said that Jim Boeheim would be retiring after this season.

Most discredited the report, but it only helped to fuel speculation that this could end up being the final season that Boeheim coaches at Syracuse.

And after his team lost to Georgetown 61-39 on Saturday afternoon, the final installment of the Big East’s most intense rivalry, Boeheim certainly didn’t sound like a coach excited about leading the program that he helped build into the ACC.

“I’m pretty much ready to go play golf someplace,” he said. “If I was 40 years old, I would be real upset. I’m not 40 years old. That should be obvious.”

Whether that’s simply a coincidence or a bit of foreshadowing by one of the Big East’s forefathers is something that’s surely to be debated throughout the offseason, and not just on the Syracuse message boards.

Throughout his press conference after the game, Boeheim was quite reflective, telling stories from the Big East’s early days and talking wistfully about the times before football ruled all.

The notoriously surly Boeheim even got a chance to needle reporters in the room, saying “I’ll miss some of these press conferences with you people. Everybody’s mad at me for a couple weeks. ‘How can he say that?’ It’s easy. Real easy. I don’t care.”

We all had a chuckle at that.

Boeheim did as well. “I’m not very emotional, so I’m just gonna smile a little bit,” he said.

And then he left, a man clearly reflecting on the end of an era.

But whether the era in question is Syracuse’s time in the Big East and their rivalry with Georgetown or Boeheim’s tenure as the most popular man in Upstate New York is a question that only he can answer.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: