Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim Leaves Syracuse After 47 Years

Jim Boeheim has been the head coach of the Syracuse men’s basketball team for almost 50 years. On Wednesday, the school announced that the 78-year-old coach would not be coming back. The news came out a few hours after Syracuse lost to Wake Forest 77–74 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. It was initially unclear whether the Hall of Famer had retired or been fired. The Associated Press stated that Boeheim hinted at retirement following the game’s buzzer-beating finish. Assistant Head Coach Adrian Autry was appointed as his replacement immediately. Boeheim amassed an official record of 1,015-441 over 47 seasons since his promotion to head coach in 1976, excluding the 101 victories he had annulled by the NCAA for rule breaches between 2004-07 and 2010-12. Boeheim is the US’s longest-tenured men’s basketball coach, having led the Orange to five Final Fours and one national championship in 2003.