Syracuse, NY – Jim Boheim disagrees with Mike Krewski, but the Syracuse coach backed his longtime friend after Alabama coach Nate Oates criticized him earlier this week.
Bohem said Oats was limitless and misinformed when he questioned Krewski’s intentions to support a delay in the college basketball season due to a bad corona virus infection.
On Tuesday, Krewski was asked about the NCAA decision to continue playing bad basketball games due to a bad corona virus infection.
Krewski, who suffered the Duke team home loss to Illinois, said he just thought college teams should stop playing as the daily death toll rises with the large number expected in the coming weeks.
Two days later, Oates questioned whether Krewski would feel the same way if the Duke had not already lost home games to Illinois and Michigan.
“If Coach Kay hadn’t lost his two non-conference games at home, do you think he would still say so?” Oates said at a news conference Thursday that “we want to play 100 percent basketball.”
Following Syracuse 101-63 wins At Boston College on Saturday, Boehm said Krewski had made similar comments before the season and that Oats should have known better than to question Krewski’s motivation.
“Everyone knows Mike Kay is my friend, but he said Mike should delay the season in the summer in September and October,” Bohem said. “Should I suggest to some young coaches that Mike Krewski didn’t want to play because he lost a couple of games? Yes, he only won 1,100. Anyone who knows anything about college basketball knows what Mike Krewski said in the beginning.”
Boheim noted that he disagreed with Krewski. Bohemian College basketball players now believe they are safe on their campuses, not at home.
However, Boheim has directed his dissatisfaction over the oats.
“I feel bad for someone who makes a statement like this,” Bohem said. “I can understand bloggers doing it because they do it. All the unknown people who have that voice. But Mike Krewski didn’t say it because he doesn’t want to play or he doesn’t have a good team.
“It’s sad to see someone say that,” Boheim continued. “It speaks to one’s character.”
The Syracuse basketball program has been suspended twice in the past month due to two positive player tests (one walking). Boheim, tested positive a month ago.
But Boheim also noted that two positive tests were among the 700 tests taken by Syracuse soldiers since they returned to campus.
“I think we should play because the vaccinators and everyone will not be here until mid-summer,” Bohem said. “If it works, I hope it will happen, we will not be clear until September.
“So for a month or two now nothing is going to change,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. A safe place for our soldiers has been proven – on campus. Everyone has a positive test rate of 8 to 10 percent, and our players test less than 1 percent positive.
“There are stops and starts, but if you stop now, when are you going to start? If you stop now, you should not play.”
Bohim also noted that sending players home for Christmas – even if it sounds good – is not the most sensible thing to do when it comes to the corona virus.
“Kids can’t really go home for Christmas,” he said. “If they go home, they ‘re going to go to families, there’s going to be all kinds of people. Then they have to be isolated there, they have to be isolated when they come back.”
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