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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


Was pass interference late in Chiefs’ win over Titans in AFC championship game the correct call? The internet debates


first_imgBecause it wouldn’t be the NFL playoffs without more controversial calls.Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s AFC championship game, which Kansas City won 35-24, a pivotal third-down for the Chiefs was converted in the form of a questionable pass interference call against the Titans. I have seen far worse NOT be called pass interference this year…#TENvsKC pic.twitter.com/tVeLzImuk0— Tony Clements (@TonyClementsTC) January 19, 2020MORE: The 2019 pass interference rule, explainedThe NFL’s rules on pass interference do contain an interesting bulletpoint. A play does not result in pass interference if “contact that would normally be considered pass interference, but the pass is clearly uncatchable by the involved players.” So there are some things to consider here: The coverage was about as close as one can play it. The defender gets his head around, but late.He was face-guarding, but the pass was off the mark, a bit behind the receiver.A call of this nature may be considered pass interference by the NFL rulebook, but it rewards offenses for inaccurate passes downfield. All things considered, it was a 50-50 call, but by the rule of NFL law, it is pass interference.Judgement is involved on the part of officials to deem what exactly is a catchable ball, something that needs a more clear explanation in the NFL rulebook.And, as one can imagine, Twitter took the debate to the internet waves.I know it’s the rulebook of the NFL, but I really hate when underthrown passes are considered as defensive pass interference.The receiver is trying to adjust and its incidental contact.Yes, the corner isn’t looking at the ball, but when its Tyreek Hill, it’s hard to.— Fire Bill O’Brien (@UrinatingTree) January 19, 2020I don’t like this pass interference call or maybe it’s the rule. Impossible for the corner to turn his head around before contact on an under thrown ball. Am I wrong? pic.twitter.com/pZiFLB1Nyp— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) January 19, 2020That wasn’t pass interference in September pic.twitter.com/CkIqFtjgMK— Hail Mary-I ain’t Lion 🦁 it’s been a tough season (@lamos_mary) January 19, 2020The under thrown ball/pass interference call is effin gd bs man— Bill Burr (@billburr) January 19, 2020It is virtually impossible to play Defensive Back in the NFL. The WR slows down into the DB. The DB slows down and looks back to play the ball. Result: Pass Interference. #Boo— Dr. Derwin L. Gray (@DerwinLGray) January 19, 2020“Defensive pass interference.”Chiefs WR literally has his hand wrapped around Tennessee CB’s helmet. pic.twitter.com/KFDOwEoqfr— Duke Crew (@Duke_5to6) January 19, 2020I would say you should challenge that pass interference but there’s no way an NFL ref would take accountability and overturn that.— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) January 19, 2020last_img read more


Mourinho says Man Utd need Financial Fair Play to compete


first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho says it is vital that UEFA clamps down on Financial Fair Play infringements to level the playing field and enable Manchester United to become serious Premier League title contenders again.Mourinho’s comments appear to be aimed at Manchester City, who are the subject of an ongoing investigation by European football’s governing body into alleged FFP breaches.In November, German magazine Der Spiegel said the Premier League champions had broken rules that dictate how much money owners can put into a club, having purportedly obtained documents from the whistleblowing outlet Football Leaks.City have dismissed those reports as an “organised and clear” attempt to damage their reputation, while UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Tuesday UEFA’s investigation would be concluded shortly.UEFA could ban City from next season’s Champions League in the event of discovering breaches it believes to be serious enough.Mourinho did not mention City directly but made clear he believes that United are not currently competing on even terms at the top end of the Premier League.United have not won the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and Mourinho acknowledged that he did not know how long it would be before they became champions again.“I don’t know. It depends on our evolution but also the evolution of others,” he said, speaking ahead of Saturday’s home match against bottom club Fulham.“If the ones above us keep going in same direction and if their ambition and investment is continuous, that’s one thing. Another thing is if they stop, or if the Financial Fair Play makes them stop and then we can close the gap a little bit better.”Calculations made from publicly available figures suggest that since the summer of 2016, City have spent around £527 million ($671 million) on players, while United’s outlay has been about £379 million.Asked for his thoughts on the likelihood of City being penalised by UEFA for over-spending, Mourinho said: “The world is full of suggestions and I never know if they are true or not true, and that’s not my job to analyse that.” – Lack of firepower –The United manager has acknowledged that improving on their current league position of eighth is going to be difficult because he is short of natural goalscorers.Romelu Lukaku has scored just once for United since September 15, and was left out of the starting line-up for Wednesday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Arsenal, as Mourinho went with a front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.Mourinho was impressed with the work ethic of all three players but suggested that none can be relied on as a regular source of goals.“They work very hard but it’s not about work,” he said. “It’s about natural qualities.“We need to score more goals. I think one thing is team dynamics, with routines adapted to the qualities of the players.“But in the end the most important thing is putting the ball in the net, and goals, points and victories.”Mourinho was reluctant to discuss publicly the reasons for Lukaku’s loss of form but said he is in regular dialogue with the striker as to how to get him back to his best.“That is something I feel comfortable to discuss with him, which I do,” he said. “I am not so comfortable to discuss with you.“I think it is quite an easy job for you to analyse a player and performances, you have knowledge, experience, eyes and data. If you mix all this information, I think you can analyse it.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more