There has been a ton of talk the entire season around Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim and his future coaching Syracuse’s basketball program. He discussed this on Wednesday after their loss in the ACC Tournament to Wake Forest, leaving many even more confused about his future.
Boeheim revealed that he has already given his retirement speech to his team, but also may return depending on how the university feels about the situation.
“I’ve just been lucky to be able to coach this long,” said Boeheim on his time with Syracuse. “I think you missed it, I gave my retirement speech on the court last Saturday. I also gave it in the press conference afterward and nobody figured it out.
While this may sound like a formal retirement, he said that it is “up to the university” when asked if this was him officially retiring.
“This is up to the university,” Boeheim added. “It’s up to the university, you are talking to the wrong guy.”
Jim Boeheim: "I've been very lucky to coach this long. I think everyone missed my retirement speech last week. Nobody picked up on it… it's up to the University" pic.twitter.com/XbnTV1Zsuj
— The Field of 68 (@TheFieldOf68) March 8, 2023
Many are extremely confused about whether or not this means he will retire, or if he will ultimately return to coach Syracuse next season.
I think Jim Boeheim just announced his retirement without announcing his retirement.
— Mike Waters (@MikeWatersSYR) March 8, 2023
Is Jim Boeheim quiet quitting? https://t.co/9yF1QcPdu4
— Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) March 8, 2023
Still pretending that it's not his choice? I mean I'm fine if he's back but trying to play it this way isn't helping anyone. https://t.co/b90yaC66YC
— Kevin Wall (@kwallcuse) March 8, 2023
Jim Boeheim’s post game press conference in a nutshell pic.twitter.com/CQXLspm3Qi
— Mason Horodyski🌵🏴☠️ (@MasonHorodyski) March 8, 2023
This is …
B) Just one reminder that Jim Boeheim is absolutely insufferable. https://t.co/KMGBtCiGI5
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 8, 2023
It almost seems like he wants Syracuse to ultimately decide to move on from him without having to say that he is retiring from coaching. We have seen the likes of former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and former North Carolina coach Roy Williams retire from coaching, but maintain a role with the program, which seems like the most logical answer for Boeheim.
Regardless, this press conference offered more questions than answers about what Boeheim will ultimately decide to do moving forward.