Sports SUmmary: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim tests positive for coronavirus

Sports SUmmary: SU coach Boeheim tests positive for coronavirus

All SU men's basketball activities are on hold ahead of Nov. 27 home opener.
Published: November 16, 2020
SU Basketball head coach Jim Boeheim at the post-game press conference following Syracuse's win over Texas Southern on Nov. 18, 2017.
Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim has recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by Boeheim on Sunday.

The basketball team has since paused all activities, causing some concern in regards to their upcoming home opener against Bryant scheduled for Nov. 27.

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced an additional member of the SU men’s basketball program tested positive as well.

With the recent pause, Syracuse joins more than 30 other Division I men’s basketball teams currently on pause due to coronavirus-related concerns within the last month.

Looking at the bigger picture, the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced a relocation of 13 predetermined preliminary round sites for next year’s NCAA March Madness. The annual tournament was canceled earlier this year due to COVID-19 concerns and in order to safely hold the event in 2021, the committee has decided to host it in one geographical location.

Indianapolis, originally slated for the Final Four portion, is the current top contender to host the 68-team competition that normally takes place in March and April every year.

Syracuse women’s basketball 2020-21 ACC schedule released

Although the season has been altered due to coronavirus concerns, the Syracuse women’s basketball team will be playing more games in their 2020-21 season than they did last year.

Their 20-game conference schedule, up two from last year, starts off Dec. 10 against Miami in the Watsco Center, as announced by the ACC on Wednesday. The Orange remains on the road for two more games until their home opener on Dec. 31 against North Carolina.

Additional visitors to the Dome this season are Virginia, Notre Dame, Miami, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Louisville, Boston College and NC State.

Ranked No. 23 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early-Top-25 heading into the upcoming season, they will play five contests against nationally-ranked opponents, tipping off against No. 5 Louisville, No. 8 NC State and No. 22 Notre Dame.

Syracuse women’s basketball signs No. 11 ranked recruiting class

Syracuse women’s basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman is bringing in a top-15 recruiting class for the fourth time in five years.

Four of the five that make up the ESPN-ranked No. 11 team are also ranked in the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100. The 2021 recruiting class consists of Toronto teammates Latasha Lattimore and Shayeann Day-Wilson, Texas natives Amani Bartlett and Nyah Wilson, and three-time Washington state leading scorer Julianna Walker.

They will be joining the 2020 top-15 ranked recruiting class, Kamilla Cardoso, Priscilla Williams, Faith Blackstone, Maud Huijbens, Khamya McNeal and Kiara Fisher, who are set to show off their skills in the 2020-21 season starting on Dec. 10.