The longest-tenured head coach in Division I men’s basketball will no longer be on the sidelines in three years. Syracuse announced on Wednesday that Jim Boeheim will retire after the 2017-2018 season.
Boeheim's retirement comes after the NCAA imposed sanctions on the basketball program for violations that lasted more than a decade. The program was cited for violations involving academic misconduct, extra benefits and drug testing. Boeheim will serve a nine-game suspension during the 2015-2016 ACC season, and the NCAA placed Syracuse on five years of probation to go along with stripping the program of three scholarships per year for four years.
The news of Boeheim's retirement comes on the same day that Syracuse announced Daryl Gross would no longer be the school’s athletic director. Gross exits the program after 10 years, amid NCAA sanctions. Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud issued a statement about Gross and Boeheim.
"[Boeheim's] goal in making this decision and announcement now is to bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years, and enable and plan for a successful, longer-term transition in coaching leadership. Coach Boeheim's commitment to ensuring that the men's basketball program remains strong even after his tenure is just one more example of his deep loyalty to our University.
"As part of my discussions with him, Dr. Gross has asked to conclude his tenure as Director of Athletics and transition to a new role at the University that can benefit from his background and experience in the areas of marketing and advancement.
"He believes this transition will allow SU Athletics to move forward and position itself for continued future success. Effective today, Dr. Gross will serve as Vice President and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, and adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Dr. Gross has embraced this opportunity and we look forward to his continued contributions."
Boeheim, 70, enters next season with 858 wins and 333 career losses. He previously had 966 wins, but 108 victories were vacated due to recent NCAA penalties.
Boeheim became Syracuse’s head coach in 1976. He led Syracuse to their only national championship in 2003 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.