Following the welcoming press conference for new Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle, basketball coach Jim Boeheim shared some thoughts.

As relayed by Syracuse.com, Boeheim offered the following:

I wouldn’t be an AD. There is no way. There are a lot of headaches and no thrill of victory….I’ve never thought of being an athletic director. I don’t have the skill set for it, and no interest.

Everybody out here, everyone standing right here with a microphone, thinks football is the only thing (Coyle) is going to do. I don’t care who you are. You can bring Vince Lombardi in, and he might not get the job done. You don’t know what’s going to happen with coaching and coaches, and how things work.

Coaching is very hard at this level and you have to work very hard. Coach Shafer, I think, works as hard as anybody I’ve ever been around.

Obviously, it takes some time. I think Coach (Dick) MacPherson was here four years and he had a losing record (18-25-1, before going 48-21-3 in his final six seasons). But everybody out here thinks they should win this year or we need a new football coach. And that’s the most ridiculous way to think that I’ve ever heard in my life.

Shafer went 7-6 in his first season and 3-9 this past year. His predecessor, Doug Marrone, went 25-25 in four seasons, winning 8 games his final year before leaving to be the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

The 2015 schedule presents both winnable games and a number of challenges.

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Let’s all hope Shafer and the boys on the field take care of business so there is no decision that needs to be made come the end of the season.


Unrelated to the post above, today is Scott & Missy’s 25th anniversary. Give the couple a hand!

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