Legendary college basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale had some thoughts on the end of legendary college basketball coach Jim Boeheim’s career.
After hemming and hawing over whether or not he was retiring, Boeheim’s retirement was announced by Syracuse a few hours later, leading to a lot of confusion over who made the call and whether or not there was bad blood between the two sides.
Vitale took to Twitter to chide both the coach and the school over the way it went down.
“I wish there was a better finish than what I witnessed concerning the JIM BOEHEIM announcement. I would’ve liked to see more LOVE between ALL parties involved including the Administration & Jim. It seemed like a very COLD ending for a man that bled ORANGE for 6 decades,” Vitale tweeted.
I wish there was a better finish than what I witnessed concerning the JIM BOEHEIM announcement.I would’ve liked to see more LOVE between ALL parties involved including the Administration & Jim. It seemed like a very COLD ending for a man that bled ORANGE for 6 decades. @Cuse_MBB
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 9, 2023
Boeheim’s career at Syracuse was iconic. In 47 seasons, he led the Orange to 30 NCAA Tournament appearances, five Final Fours, and a national title in 2003.
It was strange to see a coach that connected to a school get unceremoniously dumped like that, but Boeheim’s persnickety nature also played a role in how it all went down. He could have done more to make it clear what his retirement plans were as the program fell into mediocrity in recent seasons.
In the end, it happened the way it was always going to happen.