Syracuse came back from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Virginia 66-62 at home Saturday. It was either the 899th or 1,000th win in the storied career of Orange head coach Jim Boeheim, depending on how you feel about the 101 wins the NCAA vacated for his use of ineligible players in the mid-2000's.
The Syracuse head coach, now in his 31st year with the team, was practically glowing in an on-court post-game interview.
"I came here when I was 17 years old, and I'm still here, which is kind of hard to believe," Boeheim told ESPN. "But it's been a great run. I've had great players, great coaches. This might be one of our best wins ever."
The mood was all-around positive after the comeback win. During the game though? That's another story. One of the youngest Syracuse fans showed her anger most adorably:
Sources were unable to confirm whether this adorable little satsuma's rage was due to the injustice of Boeheim's vacated wins, or if she was simply tuckered out and cranky from the excitement of the game.
If her indignation was about Boeheim's win-total, she's not alone. Syracuse.com ran a poll to ask fans how many wins Boeheim should have, and 95% of respondents said 1,000. The Orange head coach, now in his 31st year at the helm, had this to say about the poll:
“The people here feel that we should not have lost those wins, and that’s probably the way all fans would feel. I’m not gonna sit here and debate that point anymore. But there was some question about whether some of those — or even all of those — should’ve been taken, but they have. But the fans are not gonna accept that.
I’m glad that poll was taken. And the two percent went to Georgetown, Connecticut or some place and they’re on the (message) boards…”
No matter how you count the W's, Boeheim became the second coach in NCAA D1 Men's College Basketball history to hand out 1,000 L's, and that means just about everything.