Jim Boeheim weighed in on the Doug Marrone NFL situation Wednesday night during his post-game press conference following his team’s blowout win over Rutgers. A reporter asked the following question: One of your fellow coaches, Doug Marrone, is getting some interest from the NFL. What do you think the University should do to keep him around?
“Well, he’s a great coach. You know he’ll make a great decision. He’s done an unbelievable job here. So it’s an amazing profession.”
“You know I’m not surprised. When you’re talented people are going to inquire about you. You know I hope he’s here. I think he’ll do fine, I hope he stays here. I hope it’s the right place for him. I think he’s done an unbelievable job and I think he will continue to do an unbelievable job. But I’ve told him many times they’ve wanted me out of here many, many times. And there’s still a large, not a large, but a significant number that think I should not be here now.”
“They need somebody that can coach man-to-man, because I’m sure if we had been playing man-to-man all these years we would have won 80 or 82-percent of our games probably, at least. I can’t see why we wouldn’t.”
“I did have him over to my house the other night and I tried to convince him that Syracuse was better than Hawaii or any other place. I don’t know if he believed that.”
Number one, I love the jab about man-to-man defense. Classic Jim Boeheim who doesn’t give a flying you know what. Number two, the fact that Boeheim is trying to help convince Marrone to stay is showing me how serious this actually is for Marrone potentially leaving. Boeheim knows how important he is to Syracuse and that we need him going forward. Thirdly, this is why I love Jim Boeheim. While I realize that most football and basketball programs in Universities across the country coincide and work well together, most are simply because it is a fellow team within the school. I feel like Jim Boeheim is actually emotionally invested in the success of the football team, and as an alumni he wants another alumni to stick around and succeed at their alma mater. If there is one person who can convince Doug Marrone that Syracuse is better than any place on planet Earth, it’s Jim Boeheim.
Probably because he is the only one on planet Earth that actually believes it.