Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was emotional on Sunday night when discussing the NCAA sanctions levied against his program, reports Syracuse.com. The comments were Boeheim's first since the sanctions were revealed last week, aside from a statement he issued following Syracuse's final game of the season on Saturday.
Boeheim spoke in front of 700 fans at the team's Hardwood Club dinner and said, "I'm not going anywhere," despite the heavy punishments administered to Syracuse after an NCAA investigation found Syracuse's self-reported violations dating back to 2001 included extra benefits, academic misconduct, impermissible booster activity and failure to follow its drug testing policy.
"There's a lot of things to be said. It's difficult right now," Boeheim told the audience of 700 at the Hardwood Club dinner at the OnCenter. "I think there's a hell of a battle ahead of us."
He paused for 10 seconds.
"I came here in 1962," he said. "I'm not going anywhere."
His comments were met with a long standing ovation to end the banquet.
Boeheim, who has coached at Syracuse since 1976, was stripped of 108 wins and suspended for the first nine ACC games of next season. Syracuse was also penalized 12 scholarships over four years and placed on probation until March 2020.
Syracuse finished 18-13 (9-9 ACC) after Saturday's 71-57 loss to N.C. State.
- Mike Fiammetta