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Boeheim to Retire in Three Years, Gross Out as Syracuse AD
Jim Boeheim will retire from coaching in three years, Syracuse University announced.
“Coach Boeheim has also told me that he intends to retire as Head Coach in three years,” Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. “His goal in making this decision and announcement now is to bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years, and enable and plan for a successful, longer-term transition in coaching leadership.”
Boeheim, 70, has gone 966-333 in 39 seasons at the school. Led By Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse won the 2003 national championship under Boeheim.
Syverud also announced that Dr. Daryl Gross will no longer be the school’s athletic direction, instead choosing to transition to another position within the university.
“Dr. Gross will serve as Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, and adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics,” Syverud said.
Peter Sala, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and the Managing Director of the Carrier Dome, has been named the school’s Interim Director of Athletics.
Syracuse will lose three scholarships per year for the next four years according to the recent NCAA penalties. By the time Boeheim’s successor, potentially Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins, takes over, the penalties will be coming to a close.
Boeheim on Wednesday called Gary Battle, the father of 2016 five-star guard Tyus Battle of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s, to inform him of the news and let him know they are still recruiting Tyus.
“He wants to coach Ty,” Gary told SNY.tv. “He will go harder than he ever did in his years at Syracuse. He wanted to call us first because he wanted us to know before we saw it on TV.”
Battle recently cut his list to seven schools, including Syracuse, along with Duke, Michigan, Louisville, UConn, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
“We like Cuse,” Gary said. “Tyus is considering his options.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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