Jim Boeheim Walks Back Controversial Comments That Sparked Major ACC Drama

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim

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There’s a very good chance most people reading this have never lived in a world where Jim Boeheim hasn’t been the head coach of Syracuse’s men’s basketball team, as he’s been at the helm for the Orange since taking over for Roy Danforth all the way back in 1976.

The fact that Boeheim has been at the same school for over 45 years really says everything you need to know about the legendary career that’s seen him rack up a record of 1,012–436 while helping Syracuse punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament 33 times (which has resulted in five Final Four appearances and a national championship in 2003).

Unfortunately, the program has hit a bit of a rough patch over the past couple of years. Syracuse wasn’t able to go dancing after posting a 16-17 record last season, and it seems like there’s a chance it could miss out on March Madness yet again based on how the team has looked during a campaign where it’s currently sitting at 14-10.

Bohiem attempted to shed some light on some of the issues he and the team are facing in a recent interview with ESPN where he became the latest person to point the finger at NIL deals, saying:

“This is an awful place we’re in in college basketball. Pittsburgh bought a team. OK, fine. My [big donor] talks about it, but he doesn’t give anyone any money. Nothing. Not one guy. Our guys make like $20,000.

Wake Forest bought a team. Miami bought a team. … It’s like, ‘Really, this is where we are?’”

Those accusations obviously didn’t sit well with some of the people affiliated with the ACC teams the coach called out.

That included Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes, who emphatically disputed Bohiem’s claims.

Former Pitt guard (and current Rutgers assistant coach) Brandin Knight also got in on the action by implying Bohiem is the last person who should be talking about the impact money has had on the college basketball landscape.

It would appear the 78-year-old skipper has opted to not press the issue any further based on a statement he shared on Monday morning where he attempted to walk back his comments.

Something tells me that’s not going to stop Pitt and Wake Forest from putting a very big circle around their upcoming showdowns with Syracuse.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.