Jim Boeheim will still have to sit out nine games, but the NCAA has ruled after the Hall of Fame coach’s appeal that the suspension will begin immediately, rather than encompassing the first nine games of ACC play.
So it’s hard to say that Boeheim actually “won” his appeal, since the full nine game suspension is still in place. At least this way, the NCAA is kind of, sort of, maybe a little bit trying to make it align a little better with Larry Brown’s similar suspension, which began at the start of the year rather than the start of conference play.
Of course, that means that Boeheim will not be on the sidelines on Saturday when Syracuse takes on Georgetown, which is going to be a disconcerting sight. One of the appealing things about renewing the Syracuse versus Georgetown rivalry was the continued presence of Boeheim, but now, for the first time since the 1970s, there will be a game against Georgetown without Jim Boeheim calling the shots for Syracuse University. That’s just weird.
You can read the full decision made by the NCAA, and more details of what Boeheim’s appeal consisted of, right here.
In the meantime, get ready for the Mike Hopkins era. It’s starting sooner than we thought. In about 48 hours, to be exact.
Georgetown, Colgate, St. John’s, Cornell, Montana State, Texas Southern, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Clemson. Those are officially the first nine games for us to determine just how good a coach Mike Hopkins can be.