What’s on the menu and who’s cooking when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim welcomes rookies to his home? (Mike’s mailbox)
Syracuse, NY – Syracuse basketball coaches have welcomed a number of high school rookies on official visits in recent weeks.
A few of the rookies summarized their visits to reporters and mentioned having dined at the home of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
This prompted a very intriguing question from a reader who wanted to know more about these dinners at Boeheim’s.
This is where we start with Mike’s mailbox this week.
Q: When Coach Boeheim entertains rookies and their families at his home for dinner, who does the cooking?
Mike: When coaches in Syracuse greet a rookie on an official campus tour, they typically take the rookie and their family to a local restaurant for dinner. Whenever possible, they will also invite the rookie and his family to dinner at Boeheim’s. The whole team usually attends these meetings.
I asked Juli Boeheim about family dinners and here is her response:
“Good question! I wish I could say I cooked everything, but it’s more than I can handle! It’s a big group of over 40 people so we took it over with no servers .
“The food is deposited and we put everything in place, etc. It keeps everything in the family!
“We also had a food truck which is fun and super easy for me! The wives (coaches) help with the homemade desserts and I make some accompaniments! Always so fun to welcome the recruits here to our house and to receive the team! ”
Regarding the menu, Juli said she uses several different local restaurants and a variety of meals.
“The barbecue is very popular,” she said. “We also did Italian. We try to offer a wide variety of options including salmon and lamb chops. I make a side dish – a spoon of bread. It’s a southern cornbread that guys love.
“Desserts are usually brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and Katie McNamara makes a popular Oreo and pudding dessert. “
Q: Which transfer to Syracuse has scored the most career points for Syracuse?
Mike: Syracuse has had some outstanding players who started their college careers at other schools. Four have reached the club of 1000 points in just their time in Syracuse.
The first to do so was Leo Rautins, who scored 1,031 during his three years at Syracuse after being transferred from Minnesota.
Most recently, Elijah Hughes scored 1,075 in just two years at Syracuse following his transfer from East Carolina.
Michael Gbinije spent a year at Duke and then moved to Syracuse where he scored 1,144 points in three years.
But the player who scored the most points in Syracuse after his transfer was Ryan Blackwell. After spending his first year in Illinois, Blackwell transferred to Syracuse where he played from 1997 to 2000. During those three years, Blackwell recorded 1,175 points.
Q: I was wondering what happened to student-athletes who enter the transfer portal in the middle of the semester. An athlete leaves an institution and transfers what happens to his academic progress to another school. Is the home school taking a hit for academic progress?
Mike: Given the timing, I’m sure this question was sent with the recent decision by Syracuse football player Taj Harris to request a lead transfer. But mid-year transfer can happen in almost any sport, so it’s worth answering here.
When a player announces that he (or she) will be transferring in the middle of the semester, they almost always finish the semester.
It benefits the player, the school they leave and the school they eventually go to. This helps the athlete to remain academically eligible. If the current school helps, because by leaving in good academic condition, the transfer does not have a negative impact on the team’s APR. And, of course, it helps the school the athlete eventually goes to because they can play immediately if they are academically eligible.
Q: My question for you is a personal one for me. I am currently a student in Saint-Bonaventure. I would love to see Syracuse play against the Bonnies before I graduate in 2023. Why wouldn’t Boeheim play them? Is he afraid of losing like they did a few years ago? It looks like it would benefit both teams.
Mike: Saint-Bonaventure isn’t on Syracuse’s schedule for the 2021-22 season, but if you look at the schedules for both teams, it’s easy to see why they aren’t playing this season. And it’s not because Jim Boeheim is afraid of the Bonnies.
Syracuse will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis from November 24-26. Saint-Bonaventure participates in the Charleston Classic from November 18 to 21. This gives them two or three first games to prepare for these tournaments in season.
After the Bahamas, Syracuse is forced to play Indiana in the ACC / Big Ten challenge on November 30. Next, Syracuse travels to the state of Florida for an ACC game. Matches against former Big East rival Villanova at Madison Square Garden and Georgetown in Washington DC follow.
St. Bonaventure also has neutral games with UConn and Virginia Tech in mid-December.
Plus, both teams have conference games before the New Years. Plus, each host annual non-conference games – Syracuse with Colgate and Cornell, St. Bonaventure with Buffalo and Canisius – which are important to both schools.
There was simply no room for an Orange-Bonnies game this season. Maybe next year because it’s good to continue the rivalries in upstate New York.
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