‘There is a plan’ for when I will retire


SYRACUSE, NY — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said on a Sports Radio call-in show Wednesday that there is a plan if he steps down.

“There is a plan,” Boeheim told ESPN Radio in Syracuse. “I’m just telling you that there is a plan.”

Böheim did not give details of the regulation because it could affect recruitment. He said the university will decide when to make it public and expects to help choose his successor.

The 77-year-old Boeheim, the second-winning coach in Division I history with 997 wins behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, is nearing the end of his 46th season at the helm. He has repeatedly said he intends to train with a handful of freshmen next season.

“I think if I said I’m retiring now, having given these players my word, it would be like, ‘Oh, they’ve had a bad year, so he’s just going to retire,’ to me,” Boeheim said Saturday night after a lopsided home loss to Duke. “This is what it would look like to me. Maybe not for you. Maybe not to someone else. But I would see that. “He gave his word to these players, he’s healthy, he feels great but they’re having a bad year so he’s just going to quit.”

Syracuse (15-15) has one more regular-season game against Miami on Saturday at the Carrier Dome before the ACC tournament begins. Böheim has never had a lost season.

“At the end of the day, I can promise you that when I go, I’ll try to leave this program in the best possible position,” Boeheim said. “I think we’ll make it.”

This is Böheim’s second plan for retirement. When Syracuse was hit by NCAA sanctions in 2015 and Boeheim had vacated 101 of his wins, former assistant coach Mike Hopkins was named to succeed him. Instead, after 25 years with the program as a player and coach, Hopkins abruptly dropped out in March 2017 when he was offered the job in Washington and Boeheim continued to coach the Orange. ‘There is a plan’ for when I will retire


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