3 things Jim Boeheim said at his Friday pre-Final Four press conference

first_img Published on April 1, 2016 at 5:58 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 HOUSTON — Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) head coach Jim Boeheim spoke to the media on Friday ahead of his team’s matchup with North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. in NRG Stadium.Here are three things that Boeheim during his 35 minutes on the podium.Coach in-Waiting  The always-present topic of Mike Hopkins waiting to take over as the next Syracuse head coach was brought up again, and Boeheim sang Hopkins’ praises in a way that poked fun at himself.His answer started off with his go-to line about how Hopkins’ nine games as the interim head coach aren’t a reflection of his abilities since he was coaching Boeheim’s team. Then he got into what makes Hopkins so successful.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Mike has proven to me over and over again that he understands the game, the players, the other things that surround what a head coach has to do. He’s much better than I am with the media, which probably isn’t hard to be. He’s great with the players. Probably better than I am. He’s a great recruiter. He’s really good with the fans and alumni. Again, much better than I am.“…I always thought it’s better to get a great assistant who you really see that potential in to be the next head coach rather than hiring a head coach from another place who has had a completely different experience, maybe a smaller school. That doesn’t translate all the time. Sometimes it does, but not all the time.But if you look at the great coaches I’ve seen, whether it’s Mike Krzyzewski or Bob Knight, I mean, you can go quite a bit further. They got their head coaching jobs from being an assistant, and were pretty good.”ClinicalBoeheim hosts several coaching clinics each year for high school coaches. There are upward of 400 coaches that attend, and almost every time, he starts off by talking about his patented 2-3 zone.“You know, it’s pretty much standard. Like this is Jim Boeheim, this is all he knows, so we’re going to have him talk about the 2-3 zone.“I tried one clinic to start with something else. There were 400 coaches there. They started getting restless. I knew right away, OK, we’ll talk about it.“…High school coaches come up to me every clinic I’ve ever done and say, Thanks, coach. We used it. We won the state championship. That’s a good feeling when that happens.“College coaches aren’t going to use the zone because they played man-to-man as a player. They coached for somebody who played man-to-man. They got their first job playing man-to-man. They’re not going to come in and change their philosophy.“I think more coaches are using a little zone now as a change when the other thing isn’t working. So I think it’s a little bit.“But coaches are going to pretty much stick with what they’ve always done, I think.”Going leftBoeheim was asked who would retire first: Him, or 71-year-old Steve Fisher, the head coach at San Diego State. And though he stated last year that he only planned to coach until after the 2018 season, his statements afterward make it seem as though he isn’t quite sure.“I feel the same as I did 10 or 20 years ago. I probably feel better. I’m doing Pilates two times a week now for two years. The 10 or 15 years before that, I didn’t work out. I’m probably in better shape now. I’m in the weight room a little bit now, which I didn’t do for the 20, 30 years before that, since I stopped playing.“So I feel healthy. My kids, you know, they keep you going. Teenagers, I got three of ’em. I think all those things, you know, they help you.“But I’ve always felt the same. I feel the same now as I did 20 years ago or 30 years ago. I might have a couple more aches and pains, but I feel mentally the same. I feel better in terms of doing the job because you’re putting even more into it because you know you’re not going to be doing it that much longer.“But I’ve never known how long I’m going to coach. I still don’t know how long I’m going to coach. You know, that’s not something I think about. I’ve never talked about my contract or the length of it for years. I’m still not talking about it. I just know that you could retire tomorrow. I mean, I don’t know. It just depends what happens.“Al McGuire once told me, ‘One day I was driving to work, I come down the ramp and I turn right. The day I turn left, I’m not going to work anymore.’ He turned left one day. That was it.“So I’m going to turn left someday, too.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

49ers suspend radio analyst who suggested Lamar Jackson’s ‘dark skin’ camouflages ball

first_img“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing,” Ryan said. “I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point and if you’re a half step slow on him in terms of your vision forget about it, he’s out of the gate.”MORE: Lamar Jackson has ended the MVP debateThe Ravens wore black uniforms during their win over San Francisco. Ryan issued a statement to the Chronicle on Wednesday, saying, “I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game. Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended.”The 49ers told the Chronicle that Ryan “must be more thoughtful with his words.”“Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately,” a 49ers spokesperson said a statement. “We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience.” The 49ers suspended Tim Ryan, an analyst for the team’s flagship radio station KNBR, one game for saying Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s “dark skin color” allows him to better hide the ball on fake handoffs, the team announced Wednesday.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, which first reported the suspension, Ryan made the comments Monday during a weekly segment on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” morning show. Jackson, who is black, led the Ravens to a 20-17 win over the 49ers with 105 passing yards, 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns.last_img read more

More green, more debt

first_imgThe state has about $57 billion in outstanding bond debt, according to Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill, and is paying about $4.8 billion this year to repay part of that debt. It also has another $64 billion in voter-authorized debt that has yet to be sold as bonds. She said the state will continue to maintain a $5 billion budget gap between what it is taking in and what it is spending. “The state is not out of the budget woods yet,” Hill said. Lockyer’s office has projected that the ratio of state revenue to debt payments will reach up to 8 percent by 2010 and then hover just above the 6 percent mark for the next 20 years. In the past, Schwarzenegger has proposed restricting the state debt ratio to 6 percent, but several state officials and experts at the conference said there is no “magic number” that should limit borrowing to a specific amount. Rather, they said, it should simply be based on policy decisions considering whether the amount of borrowing compared to the amount of revenue is a worthy tradeoff because of the value of the project itself. Although Lockyer’s proposal has not been submitted to the Legislature, some fiscal conservatives are expected to be wary of his plan as well as of other bond measures that will increase state debt. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said he is skeptical of cost- savings claims touted by solar- energy experts, in part because such savings are sometimes achieved through tax benefits – which the state would not realize on its own buildings. He added that California needs to do a better job managing its budget and finances before it looks to borrow more money. “It would not surprise me that there may be a state with a bigger debt ratio that has a better bond rating than California, because quite frankly we just don’t spend our money very wisely,” Coupal said in a telephone interview. [email protected] (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even as state Treasurer Bill Lockyer outlined a proposal for a $5 billion bond measure to “green” state buildings Wednesday, a panel of experts and state officials said that, although California has more capacity to issue debt, it must proceed carefully. Lockyer’s measure would increase environmental efficiencies – such as the use of solar power – in all state buildings. On average, he said, studies have shown that every $500 invested in green technology results in $863 in savings – meaning the measure would pay for itself in savings, in addition to the environmental benefits. State government owns about 206 million square feet of building space, he said. “We’re the largest building owner in the state of California,” Lockyer said. “Most of them are very inefficient. If we start to invest in reconditioning, adding solar and other systems that will bring down energy use, we can save an extraordinary amount of energy and taxpayer costs.” The proposal has been drafted but has yet to be submitted to the Legislature for a vote to place it on the ballot. Lockyer spoke at a conference on state debt organized by the Public Policy Institute of California. Experts at the conference said that even though California has the second-lowest bond rating in the nation, it still has the capacity to borrow more money. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed placing a $9 billion bond for water projects on the ballot next year, and is expected to propose tens of billions more in the next two years to fulfill his Strategic Growth Plan. last_img read more