On the day after that banquet, Boeheim went to the Civic Center in downtown Syracuse to film a TV commercial. Only right before the camera started rolling did the coach discover that he had to climb into a Syracuse Orange mascot costume that would make even JFK Jr. look ridiculous. "Jeez, I'm turning into Bill Frieder," he said, referring to the Arizona State coach known for his wacky marketing ploys.
Not so. Say this for the coach with the short fuse and the long memory: In two decades, he hasn't turned into anybody but Jim Boeheim. And, maybe, at long last, that's good enough.