Jim Boeheim Loses Mind, Gets Tossed from Duke Game

February 23, 2014 at 12:01a    by Jason Priestas    
36 Comments

Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orange got Duke'd Saturday night when C.J. Fair was called for an offensive foul in the waning seconds of a two-point game.

The call – an iffy one at best – effectively handed the game to the Blue Devils on their home court, but Boehiem didn't go quietly into the night. Nope. He erupted off the bench, tried – and failed – to rip his jacket off and then lit into the referee that made the call.

 

His tirade earned him an ejection for what Boeheim called the year's worst.


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Deadly Nuts's picture

I feel like the neutral fans were robbed of watching the end of a good game.

LEBRON

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TMac's picture

The defenders feet were never set. (see about 0:56-58) It's unfortunate when officials become a deciding factor in any game, rather than the athletes!

+2 HS
Nutinpa's picture

True.  But it's the nature of the beast in sports.   Any sport.

And.....it reinforced why so many people don't like Jim Boeheim.  I understand that he was caught up in the moment and was trying to defend his team.  Got that.  But a coach of his stature needs to try and keep a grip....although by then he didn't give a sh*t.  

Ha. And to think we complain about Izzo!

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TMac's picture

Yeah, the coach can't loose it like that and expect his players to listen when he tells them they need to keep calm when things break against them.  A lot can happen in 10 seconds, that game wasn't over before the Ts. 

-1 HS
AndyVance's picture

I'm going to take the other side of the argument: Bobby Knight would've thrown a chair, and the boys that played for him knew that it was a "do as I say, not as I do... or I'm going to kick your butt all the way back to Bloomington" situation. Boeheim's outburst wasn't all that over-the-top in the historical annals of courtside antics, and sometimes if you think your kids got robbed on the court, you need to let the officials know they blew it.

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TMac's picture

I Love Bobby Knight, and his passion. (And you're right, Boeheim's outburst is amateur status in comparison to Bobby)  With 5 minutes to go, heck with 2 minutes to go, you throw the chair and the jacket and the kitchen sink in defense of your kids and a bad call, or an inequity of calls along the way. BUT, the game wasn't out of reach, 'cuse was only down 2!  The coaches T's put them down 5.  IF instead you foul immediately and the FTs go as they did for the first technical, you're down three and you just need to get the rebound and you have a chance!  As a coach, you can't perpetuate the injustice by not giving your kids a Chance.  (Understanding that I am writing this without the emotion and frustrations of the moment and that I can easily get caught up in the moment)

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AndyVance's picture

TMAC, that's a really good point that - because I didn't actually watch the game, just caught this thread and the YouTube video - I completely overlooked.

ralEbuckI's picture

Point taken but if you're going to mention the timing, then you got to get on the refs as well.  There are a lot more blatant fouls that don't get called in the waning seconds of a game b/c most refs, and rightly by the way, hesitate to blow the whistle as not wanting to decide a game that way.  But again, refs have no accountability  so what's the point.

teddyballgame's picture

A lot can happen in 10 seconds, that game wasn't over before the Ts.

Charge is called, ball comes in, 1-1.5 seconds off the clock for a foul, duke makes both, Cuse gets down court and is forced to throw up a shot, make or miss they are down by 1, 2 or 4. Rinse repeat. By the time Cuse got the ball down it would have been ~5 left, by the time the ball goes through the hoop/gets to the hoop ~2-3 left. Game was over from that call. Period. The technical literally meant NOTHING.

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TMac's picture

Or as ACTUALLY happened ( with the first two technical FTs) Duke makes one of the two FTs. It's a three point game with 8 seconds left and 'cuse has the ball.......or have you never seen a three at the buzzer?!?!  The technicals took away the chance. 

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rdubs's picture

The defender is never required to "set his feet" the only requirement is to "establish legal guarding position."  I think it is a pretty close call and he very well may be in legal guarding position by then.  I would have preferred a  no-call to any outcome.  The offensive player attempted to slide by him and the defender was there very early in the play.  They both made a good play and I would have preferred if they just left it at that.

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Buckeye1996's picture

The infamous Duke flop-charge call.

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Hovenaut's picture

I can't believe this is the first ejection for Boeheim ever?

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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TMac's picture

Unbelievable isn't it?! Certainly helps when you win 75% of your games. 

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Rjpfish2's picture

Didn't think the call was worthy of that tantrum. Block/Charge is pretty tough to call sometimes. The official was closer than basically anyone else. Boeheim needs to ask himself if Coach K would've done that to him. He is still mad his boys looked past then 6-19 BC and blew their perfect season!

ScarletGrayFire's picture

IMHO, the Duke Flop (aka Battier Flop) is absolutely the worst basketball move in the game.

+2 HS
wilkins0802's picture

Pretty impressive with the career Boeheim has had that this is his first ejection. It was a bad call, but 'Cuse isn't the only team that has been shafted by bad calls. They happen and they're part of the game, and sometimes they cost you perfection. I get his immediate "irate-ness" but to go that far off the deep end was a bit excessive.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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FROMTHE18's picture

regardless of if it was a good call, it was definitely not the worst call of the year

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Ashtabula's picture

Huge over reaction from a coach whose team still had a chance to win it. I would bet a few of his players are grumbling behind his back. Mental note...don't pick Syracuse for my bracket come March.

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Boeheim lost that game for his team. He needs to show more composure and restraint. Even though that may have been the wrong call, it was still a 2 point game with 10 seconds left --- not over by any means...until Jimmy's rant-technical-ejection.

 

Seattle Linga's picture

Great game and too bad it came down to one call. I will be honest with you after all the decades of listen to Dick Vitale - hearing his voice makes my skin crawl.

 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

dp.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Earle's picture

You left out the "er".
 

Just say no to italics abuse.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Meh. Not that bad of a call. Syracuse should be on a four-game losing streak now. They can't score more than 65 points all of a sudden.

NW Buckeye's picture

Basketball refereeing is at best subjective.  It is one of the reasons that I have a difficult time watching any basketball.  Yes, officiating other sports can be (and most often is) subjective, but it just seems to go overboard in basketball. 

When I viewed the replay my initial reaction was 'meh - could have gone either way'.  But, after that last minute tantrum replay there were other hi-lites from the game.  An earlier blocking call against Cuse was almost a carbon copy of the call that was a charge at the end of the game.  Very confusing indeed. 

But, that is the way basketball is officiated.  I know I'm really dating myself, but when I played in HS any contact was considered a foul.  That was easily understood.  Then, they changed the rules to allow incidental contact, defining a foul as 'any contact that creates an advantage'.  I have never understood that.  Under that premise, how can a foul be called when a basket in made?  I mean, the basket was scored, so no advantage gained. Yet, the old time 3 point play is alive and thriving in modern day basketball. 

The uproar over the charging foul is probably because they allow so much contact that many think you should just let contact like that go.  Heck, several posters here have suggested that it should have been just 'play on' because of the time of the game it occurred.  Well the trouble with letting so much contact go at anytime is that the players will push it to the limit, and before you know it something like the Northwestern brawl (I know, that sounds silly) breaks out.  FWIW, I do believe that the refs were more to blame for the shoving match that erupted in that game as they had lost control of the game at that point.  Likewise, if the refs at the Duke/Cuse game had been more consistent there would have been no tantrum on the floor.  But, it was not the worst call of the year - in fact, it was far from it. 
 

luckynutz's picture

Like the fact you brought up the call several minutes prior that went against Syracuse. The kid had established position and parker straight ran through him. And he gets the and 1. I dont fault Boeheim at all. He knew the end game...its duke at home. It was a homer call. The two point deficit is irrelevant at that point. That call was the game...and he knew it. So why not at that point? Duke is notorious for getting that kind of home cooking in those situations. And he let it be known that it wasnt ok in his book. I understand the subjectivity of officiating. And the line of demarcation between a block/charge is about as clear as the muddy waters of the mighty Mississippi. But I personally dont see anything wrong with what he did. He knew his kids were getting jobbed, and he stood up for them.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Couldn't have said it better myself.  Agree with everything you said.  Refs were not consistent.  If you call it against Cuse a minute before you can't call it against them when the roles are reversed.  That's pretty much why almost no one can stand basketball refs.  I'm glad that Boeheim did that.  Not only is he standing up for his guys but also getting it some attention.  Some teams get some absolutely ridiculous calls at home, Duke being at the top.

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teddyballgame's picture

Typical college bball. The refs have gotten so bad with having to blow the whistle on everything.  Of course they have to make it about themselves with the tech at the end.  I watch a 2 hour bball game and have it end like that because a ref didn't like hearing that his call was bs?  It has become unwatchable.

No surprise the media wants to shift the focus to Boeheim and his reaction too.  Why is that not appropriate anyway?  Because Espn says so?  Why is it acceptable to act like that in football but not in basketball?  People watch games to be entertained. Not to watch a group of refs determine the outcome because they can't swallow their whistles.  If you're going to call something at that point, then it better be OBVIOUS and EGREGIOUS.

Also, "I can't believe the refs made a call that helped Duke win." -said no one ever.

elitesmithie's picture

Sometimes a coach needs to show his players he has their back.

+4 HS
Ashtabula's picture

Getting ejected in that situation is not showing the players you have their back, it is taking the game away from them.  Getting T'ed up in some situations I would agree with you, but this was either losing control or grandstanding.  Past history for this coach makes me believe grandstanding.  

-1 HS
bucksfan92's picture

I think what Boeheim did was great. Duke has benefited from flopping for a long time and this was an epic flop that stole a game.  When a ref makes a call like that it is clear they are not going to let you win the game.  I say kudos to Boeheim for not taking it quietly.  And I thought his post game presser was excellent, He called out the refs on that play, and took some not so veiled shots at the ACC.  It just might help his team down the line, and he did not cost them the game Saturday night - that one was over at the moment that call was made.

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RedStorm45's picture

What a joke.  Duke would be getting the ball back, up 2, with 9 seconds to go.  They ended up shootin 13/25 from the FT line that night.  The call didn't end the game.  Foul them, and the Dukies probably make one and you get a 3 pointer to send it to OT.  Or maybe they miss both.

 

Funny how so many are quick to harp on the kids (18-20) for showing "too much emotion" or reacting poorly to calls, fans, etc.  But when a 70 year old does it, heap praise upon him!

24falcon8's picture

I officiate both Varsity and Division III college basketball, so I might be able to give you an officials perspective on this play.  This play is as close you as you get on a block/charge in a game.  If you watch closely, you will see the lead official (on the baseline) in the middle of a rotation to the strong side of the play, making this call even harder to make.  I've slowed this play down multiple times, and I honestly could not give you definitive call on this play. 

The part that I do not like on this play is the crew's ability to match plays or in other terms, their consistency.  On these type of close plays, officials try to match calls with similar plays earlier in the game, with the similar play being the Jabari Parker block/charge.  Going back to the Jabari Parker block/charge play, that was a definitive block.  The player slid in late and never had established legal guarding position.   

For those that argue Boeheim shouldn't have been ejected, that is ridiculous.  Any coach that runs onto the court, cussing out an official in the way that he did is an automatic ejection.  

24falcon8's picture

And for those ask for a no-call, that is also ridiculous.  I would lose game assignments if I did not have a call on that play. 

lvccacamcrca's picture

Always a class act........Jimmy great after game interview...................welcome to the ACC where Duke is Duke and the rest of you are not . ask North Carolina how the calls have been going