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Jim Boeheim’s developing texting game helps him relate to his team


first_imgBefore now-freshman walk-on Brendan Paul arrived at Syracuse, he attended a Cleveland Cavaliers game. The jumbotron showed his future coach, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim sitting in the stands. Paul sent Boeheim a text. “Cavs don’t look too good,” Paul recalled texting Boeheim. “Need help,” Boeheim texted back.Paul was confused. He thought maybe Boeheim himself was asking for help. He texted Buddy Boeheim, Jim’s son and Paul’s current roommate, to see what the coach meant. “Buddy told me his dad meant to say that the Cavs need help,” Paul recalled. “They can read into how he texts pretty well. Not all of us can see into that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim entered coaching long before the cell phone became commonplace. When the first iPhone was released, in 2007, he had been SU’s head coach for 32 seasons. He’s spent the entirety of his life without a personal computer, sticking to little notebooks in his back pocket. A telephone behind his desk functioned as his only personal phone until he bought a flip phone about 10 years ago. The Syracuse head coach of 43 seasons has slowly developed a texting method his three children lovingly mock. But his technological progression highlights how the oldest coach in Division I basketball (74 years old) relates to assistants and players in a growing age of technology. Every season, his players remain between 17 and 23 while he ages another year. He understands the importance of texting when he needs to get a message across: to recruits, coaches and players, giving him new ways to express himself.“His texting has gotten much better,” Buddy said. “He’s starting to send stickers, which are fun. He’s getting funny with his texts. I can send him memes and he can understand them. He gets the slang. He’ll ask me, ‘What’s up’ or abbreviate stuff.”TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerBoeheim’s style of texting is brief and colorful. In October, Jamie Boeheim popped off the couch and grabbed her iPhone in the other room. She considered her father’s texting style. “It’s so funny,” Jamie said. She scrolled through a recent text conversation with her dad. They usually exchange “I love you” messages and brief life updates. Plus the same sticker over and over: “Slay, slay, slay.”“He’s so bad with his phone,” said Jamie, a freshman women’s basketball player at the University of Rochester. “So bad.”Because his messages are brief, Boeheim texts back seemingly instantly. Former Syracuse star Wesley Johnson, now a player for the New Orleans Pelicans, said he texts Boeheim to check in every few months. “He replies mad quick,” Johnson said. “He’s pretty good.”If Boeheim’s going to text, he doesn’t send long messages. “Only a few words usually,” said Buddy, who noted his dad texts him, “Love you” and “Good day?” a few times per week. Assistant coaches and multiple players said “K” is the most frequent message he sends. But Jamie said her dad doesn’t know “K means throwing a little shade.” Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerOutside of the coaches and Buddy, Syracuse players rarely receive texts from their head coach. Walk-on Shaun Belbey said he’s never received or sent a single text to his coach. Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle and freshman point guard Jalen Carey said they haven’t texted Boeheim since they committed to Syracuse. Boeheim will text his oldest son, Jimmy, a sophomore forward at Cornell, a “good luck” text before most games, including against Syracuse. Memes to family members are not uncommon, with SpongeBob Squarepants and Despicable Me among his favorites. Emojis are a rarity for Boeheim to use, but when assistant coach Allen Griffin got one, he was taken aback. “I usually get the ‘K.’ So I’m a ‘K’ guy,” Griffin said. “I haven’t moved up in the ranks for too many emojis or something like that.”Griffin said that if given the option to text or call, Boeheim texts. It saves time. He’s taught himself to text because he realized he needs to, and while screen time can interfere with his daily life, Boeheim said texting is convenient.“How he texts, talks to them, relates — that’s why he’s still doing this,” Griffin said. “The kids we bring in can relate to him just as much as he can relate to them. That’s huge when he’s recruiting and coaching 20-year-old kids.”When Joe Girard III verbally committed to Syracuse on Oct. 14, Boeheim texted him after the announcement. The two had exchanged occasional texts throughout Girard III’s recruitment.“Really happy here in the cuse! Hope you guys have a great night,” Boeheim said. Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerBoeheim’s technological game has come a long way. About 10 years ago, the Syracuse coaches assembled into a coaches meeting at their practice facility. Boeheim’s flip phone buzzed. It was a good friend, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. After a brief conversation, Boeheim hung up. “The only two people in my contact list,” Boeheim told the coaches, “are Mike Krzyzewski and Juli (Boeheim’s wife).”SU director of basketball operations Kip Wellman bursted out laughing. His boss gravitated to a smartphone about five years ago, when all Wellman received was “K.” Now, Boeheim sends him three or four words per message. “It’s a good progression,” Wellman joked. While the Syracuse coaching staff doesn’t have a group chat, the Boeheim family does. Yet Boeheim himself isn’t part of it. He doesn’t own an iPhone, so the chat consists of Juli, Jamie, Buddy and Jimmy so they can use iMessage. They’ve been trying to get dad an iPhone for a few years. “He can be so stubborn,” Jimmy said. “Not sure he has a rationale.”Two years ago, the Boeheim family made their most aggressive attempt to make the switch: They bought him an iPhone for Christmas. When Boeheim saw the package, he wasn’t happy. He made them take it back to the store. “I just want to get him an iPhone by the end of the year maybe,” Buddy said. “I might have to get him that for Christmas (again).”Asst. Sports Copy Editor Anthony Dabbundo contributed reporting to this story Comments Published on December 23, 2018 at 9:43 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court commissioned at Ketasco


first_imgIn an awe inspiring story of giving back to society, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu, a former student of the Keta Senior High Technical School (KETASCO) and currently the Director of Sports of the Sports Directorate, University of Ghana Legon has fulfilled a long desire of making a significant contribution to his alma mater with the official commissioning of a sports court named after him (Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court) at Keta, Volta region on Friday, 22nd March, 2019.A 1983 graduate of KETASCO, Dr. Bitugu is the current Chairman of The International Scientific Network for Sport for Development and Peace. He has served and continues to serve in various international roles as an academic (University of Innsbruck, Applied University of Kufstein, University of Krems an der Donau, all in Austria). He also worked and continues to work as an expert and consultant for the UN, Africa Union, the Commonwealth, UEFA, FIFA, European Union, the Austrian Government, the Government of Ghana and selected African and European NGOs and institutions.A role model for sports and education, especially for the youth, Dr. Bella has had a passion to come back to his roots and give back to the society that helped shape his early beginnings. This was a crowning moment of years of hard work and perseverance.The multipurpose court is first of its kind in Ghana for a second cycle institution in terms of size, purpose and funding worth an estimated GH 167,000. Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court was constructed with funds from the Austrian Ministry of Sports, supported by the 1976 KETASCO Year Group, businessman and philanthropist Dr. Dan Mckorley (Macdan), Brigadier-General Dr. Chris Agbeka, Dr. Saviour Badohu and other individuals from the 76 and 83 Old Student Unions, among others. Welcoming dignitaries, chiefs, students and staff of the school, the headmaster of Keta Secondary School Mr. Charles Agbakey expressed his gratitude to all who had contributed to the success of the project. “I want to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Bella and all other contributors who made sure that this project did not stall,” he said. The project coordinator Rev. Herbert Nuworkpor, could not hide his elation at the completion of the project having spent much time and energy on it. He declared, at long last the battle has ended!!!!”At long last the battle is over and Ketasco has overcome an infrastructural deficit. The project was made much bigger than originally projected which meant more funds were required.  At the official commissioning ceremony, it was revealed to the admiration of all that the court had been named after Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu.Dr. Bitugu played a pioneering role in the construction of the court, directly and indirectly, sourcing for the necessary funding for the project. It was announced that the Ministry of Sports Austria had contributed about 80 per cent of the total cost of the project while some groups and individuals had also made some contributions whose names are acknowledged on the official plaque in front of the court.Dr. Bella rolled back the years and told the gathering about his early beginnings at Keta.“I was once here at Ketasco. In house 1, Quao House…Sports is supposed to bring people together and create a holistic and well-fashioned person for tolerance, understanding, time management, focus and perseverance,…qualities hardly taught in the classroom” he said to wild applause from the student body. He continued, “Ketasco has made me who I am today. I started by contributing in various forms to the school including books, internet, sports kits etc. I think we should give back to where we came from. I want to say thank you to my juniors and seniors, teachers and everyone.”“I am here to tell you that the court is ready to be used. I am very happy and this journey was a very long journey. This was a struggle. I see this as another favour from our God. Please note also that schools around as well as the community also have the right to use the court. The school management should design a procedure for outsiders to have easy access to the court.”Spurred on by their latest infrastructural addition, some students of KETASCO took to the court to showcase their skills in a special handball contest.Dr. Bitugu urged them to “Become the champions of basketball, volleyball, handball, netball, tennis and allow others from outside to use the court so Keta becomes a base to showcase Development through Sports…  And he had a special message to the Austrian Ministry of Sports with whose support the project materialized.“I want to thank the Austrian Ministry of Sports, the Austrian Government and VIDC, Vienna and all the people involved in getting us here,” he said.The Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court is well equipped to host the major indoor events such as basketball, handball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis among others.The entire South Zone Schools and Colleges Sports Association and Volta Region stand to benefit from the use of the facility. It appears the commissioning of the facility has come at the right time to solve a major infrastructural deficit and hundreds if not thousands of school children would benefit from the use of the Dr. Bitugu Multipurpose Sports Court well into the near future. —last_img read more


Briefs From Around the South Bay


first_imgTORRANCE Flight museum opens at airport The Western Museum of Flight at Torrance Airport is now open four days a week. The museum, which focuses on the history of the aerospace industry in Southern California, held a grand opening last month after relocating from Hawthorne. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Parking is free. The museum is at Red Baron Hangar No. 3, 3315 Airport Drive. More information is available on the museum’s Web site, www.wmof.com. SOUTH BAY Filing will begin in 2 area cities The candidate filing period for April 8 elections opens Monday for two South Bay cities. In El Segundo, Councilmen Jim Boulgarides, Eric Busch and Carl Jacobson, as well as City Clerk Cindy Mortesen and Treasurer Ralph Lanphere, are up for reelection. Seats for Lawndale Mayor Harold Hofmann, Councilman Robert Pullen-Miles and Councilwoman Virginia Rhodes are also on the ballot. The period closes Jan. 11 but is extended to Jan. 16 if an incumbent doesn’t file for reelection. AREAWIDE Free rides set for holiday periods Metro will offer a special holiday free fare program for all Metro Bus and Metro Rail lines operating on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The free fare program, approved by Metro’s Board of Directors, will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. only on the nights and early morning hours of Dec. 24 and 25, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Patrons boarding a Metro Bus, including the Metro Green Line, during the hours designated will receive a free ride to their destination. The Green Line runs from Norwalk to Redondo Beach. For complete route and schedule information, call 800-COMMUTE or go to www.metro.net. – From staff reports NEIGHBORS Help get out the good word about the accomplishments of your neighbors, friends, family members and co-workers. We’d like to hear about people who have been recognized by civic organizations, risen to new professional levels, received scholarships, won contests or been elected to club offices. Send typed or neatly handwritten submissions to Neighbors, the Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077 or e-mail calendar@dailybreeze.com. Please include a contact phone number in case we have questions.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DEL REY Body discovered in burning car A body was found inside a burning car Saturday morning in the Del Rey neighborhood of Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel found the body after being called about a car on fire, said Los Angeles city fire spokesman Brian Ballton. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe body has not been identified. The cause of death was under investigation, Ballton said. The fire call went out at 11:04a.m. for the 12000 block of West Admiral Avenue, about a mile east of Marina del Rey. The car appeared to be a Toyota sedan, Ballton said. Onlookers tried to save the person in the car but were not successful, Ballton said. last_img read more