Updated: December 18, 2012 2:07PM
With his wife, Juli, looking on at the postgame news conference and his young children close by, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s final remarks were not about his milestone 900th career victory.
Instead, he was thinking about two 6-year-old boys who were buried Monday, victims along with 18 other children and six adults in a shooting massacre last week at an elementary school in Connecticut.
“If we cannot get the people who represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society,” Boeheim said Monday night. “If one person in this world, the NRA president, anybody, can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots — this is our fault if we don’t go out there and do something about this. If we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have.”
It was a sobering end to what was a memorable evening for Syracuse basketball. The third-ranked Orange’s 72-68 victory over Detroit in the Gotham Classic made Boeheim just the third Division I men’s coach to reach 900 wins.
Boeheim, 68 and in his 37th year at his alma mater, is 900-304 and joined an elite fraternity. Mike Krzyzewski (936) and Bob Knight (902) are the only other men’s Division I coaches to win that many games.