Boeheim: Miami bought their team


Nov 7, 2011
Even though Syracuse players get NIL deals too.

Jim Boeheim says he calls the shots on his retirement, claims Pitt, Wake Forest, Miami 'bought' their teams​

By Matt Norlander

2 hrs ago

CBS Sports HQ

In the midst of a 14-10 season that is trending toward his Syracuse team missing the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year, Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim channeled a little Nick Saban on Saturday after his team's 77-68 win at sub-.500 Boston College.

While lamenting on the state of college basketball and riffing on the topic of retirement to, Boeheim levied commentary against fellow ACC schools that he claims "bought" their teams.

"This is an awful place we're in in college basketball," Boeheim said. "Pittsburgh bought a team. OK, fine. My [big donor] talks about it, but he doesn't give anyone any money. Nothing. Not one guy. Our guys make like $20,000.

Wake Forest bought a team. Miami bought a team. ... It's like, 'Really, this is where we are?' That's really where we are, and it's only going to get worse."

Boeheim's cantankerous quotes bring to mind Saban's shot across the bow in the summer of 2022, when he took issue with Texas A&M's No. 1 football recruiting class and said the Aggies "bought every player on their team."

When reached for comment late Saturday night, Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes told CBS Sports of Boeheim's claim: "He's wrong. He's one thousand percent wrong. I don't have one player on my team that got NIL to come here. That's a fact. I've never had a player come here for NIL."

Syracuse is yet to play Wake Forest this season; the schools will meet in the regular season finale on March 4 at Syracuse. As for the other two schools mentioned: The Orange lost the first of their two games to Pitt, at home, on Dec. 20.

On. Jan. 16, Syracuse lost in its only game of the season to Miami. The Hurricanes' billionaire booster, John Ruiz, openly promoted his Life Wallet business to help land an $800,000 NIL deal with transfer Nijel Pack, a shooting guard averaging 12.2 points for the 18-5 Hurricanes.

Obviously, college players are now allowed to make money off their names, images and likenesses. What Boeheim is alleging isn't necessarily out of bounds; he even admitted to Syracuse players receiving money for NIL deals. It's become part of the pitch for many high-major programs, with schools across the country organizing donor collectives that are permitted under NCAA rules. Boeheim was prompted into his rant based off questioning about the ever-lingering speculation over his retirement.

"It's crazy. That's why those guys got out -- that's why Jay (Wright) got out, Mike (Krzyzewski) got out," Boeheim also told "The transfer portal and everything is nuts. It really is."

Boeheim, 78, defended his position to not retire based on what he believes is overwhelming support from the local community.

"Ninety-five percent of Syracuse people want me to coach," he said. "Why wouldn't they?"

As for when he'll retire, Boeheim also added, "I know it's my choice. I can do whatever I want. I just don't know for sure."

Boeheim is the oldest head coach in college basketball. He'll be on the sidelines at 79 years old if he returns next season.

Cane since 1060

Oct 3, 2017
If you’re a purest and you care about where college athletics is going you have to be concerned. On the other hand that often trite saying “it is what it is” applies. There might be some future modifications but NIL in some form or fashion is here to stay.


Dec 29, 2018
That ****** head isn’t calling out the Blue Bloods that did it illegally all those years. And who’s he think he’s fooling with Carmelo going there as the #1 player. He committed on his Birthday I’m sure there was no cash in the card they sent.


Jun 28, 2012
Is he lying?

It is interesting how he's been mum about pay for play when it comes to the Dukes and UNCs of the world the past few decades. Truth is, Jim is a piece of **** for pretending he never paid for players. My sentiments on this are pretty simple: **** Jim. Go Johnnies.


Jan 30, 2012
So when Derrick Coleman and Rony Seikaly and Pearl Washington and Carmelo Anthony and all the other all the other All Americans went to ‘Cuse I guess it was just for the weather?
I grew up near Detroit. We ALL knew Coleman was getting paid big bucks to leave the state of Michigan. Now just because the ‘Cuse boosters only deal in duffel bags and not NIL, Boeheim expects us to care? F*ck you Jim and every other hypocrite like you.


Dec 27, 2014
If you’re a purest and you care about where college athletics is going you have to be concerned. On the other hand that often trite saying “it is what it is” applies. There might be some future modifications but NIL in some form or fashion is here to stay.
It was NEVER pure. Schools like Kentucky were buying and taking care of kids in the 50s. The only difference is now things are legal and open to all.


May 14, 2016
Yeah, because Hakim Warrick & Carmelo Anthony just picked Cuse because it was such a lovely school 😂😂😂

Warrick wasn’t even considering Cuse at the time & was likely headed to St. Joe’s with Martelli until Cuse came in with the cash...

And don’t even get me started on how they got Dion Waiters, ask Jay Wright what he thinks about Boeheim buying players.

This dude is just a senile old man who’s well past his prime & doesn’t wanna retire because he’s fleecing their University for millions. Boeheim is a complete & total hypocrite who’s as full of **** as they come.

Move back to the Big East & STFU, “buying” teams is legal now & we only got 2 players, when there are teams out there that literally brought in an entire roster via transfer.

Tad Footeball

1996 Interim Big East Conference Commissioner
Feb 6, 2014
One of the biggest scumbags in all of college sports. Insulated because most people couldn't find Syracuse on a map with a gun to their head.

Did this jagoff EVER remotely coherently explain the Bernie Fine situation let alone face any consequences over his fumbling of the whole deal?

It always bothered me that somehow John Calipari was made out to be the biggest scumbag in college hoops when he PALES in comparison to the scumbag that is Boeheim and was Jim Calhoun. But those jerkoffs had a propaganda machine at relatively local ESPN and led by D!ckie Look-at-Me running incessant cover for them.


Feb 14, 2012
This is rich coming from a guy who was caught cheating and placed on probation.
Yep, in both sports the older coaches who HATE everything about the portal and NIL are the very ones that took the biggest advantages of big money boosters paying the best players to come to their schools. Once the playing field evens out just a little, the whining starts.

Up next, we shall have a lecture from Dr. Calipari on the ethics and morals of college basketball.