Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim’s 47-year tenure as coach at Syracuse came to an awkward end on Wednesday, with the university saying Orange assistant Adrian Autry has been promoted to the job.

The move came less than three hours after Syracuse lost to Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, after which Boeheim hinted at retirement but said it would ultimately be the university’s decision.

Then came the news from the school: “Today, as his 47th season coaching his alma mater comes to an end, so too does his storied career at Syracuse University. Associate Head Coach Adrian Autry ’94, one of Boeheim’s former players and longtime assistant, has been named the program’s next head coach.”

Autry has been on Boeheim’s staff since 2011, and held the title of associate head coach since March 2017.

The 78-year-old Boeheim’s record in his 47 seasons, officially, was 1,015-441. That reflects 101 wins taken away by the NCAA for violations between the 2004-07 and 2010-12 seasons.

Whether the count was 1,015 or 1,116, only now-retired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had more wins than Boeheim at the Division I level.


“As I’ve said from day one when I started working here, the university hired me, and it’s their choice what they want to do,” Boeheim said Wednesday afternoon. “I always have the choice of retirement, but it’s their decision as to whether I coach or not. It always has been. Again, I’ve been very lucky to be able to coach my college team, to play and then be an assistant coach and then a head coach, never having to leave Syracuse. It’s a great university.”

It was a confusing final news conference, with Boeheim hinting at retirement and hinting that he’d want to return.

Clarity came not long afterward. And for the first time since 1976, someone other than Boeheim is now the head coach of the Orange.

“There is no doubt in my mind that without Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Basketball would not be the powerhouse program it is today,” Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement distributed by the school. “Jim has invested and dedicated the majority of his life to building this program, cultivating generations of student-athletes and representing his alma mater with pride and distinction. I extend my deep appreciation and gratitude to an alumnus who epitomizes what it means to be ‘Forever Orange.'”


COLBY 5, NORWICH 2: Courtney Schumacher opened the scoring 48 seconds into the game, Breanna Studley, Stephanie Lane, Bri Michaud-Nolan and Meg Rittenhouse also scored, and the Mules (18-7) earned their first NCAA tournament victory, beating the Cadets (19-8-2) in a Division III first-round game in Waterville.


The Mules will visit New England Small College Athletic Conference rival Amherst in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Saturday.


ENDICOTT 6, BATES 1: Jack Brennan went 3 for 3 with a home run in the first inning, but the Bobcats (3-1) lost to the Gulls (3-0) in Beverly, Massachusetts.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 13, SOUTHERN MAINE 8: Colin Watt scored four goals and Jordan White finished with three goals and four assists, leading the Nor’easters (2-3) past the Huskies (0-3) in Biddeford.

Tucker Nussinow led USM with four goals. Schuyler Wetmore added three goals and Nick James had five assists.


MIDDLEBURY 15, BOWDOIN 9: Sophia Sudano had three goals and two assists, but the Polar Bears (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) lost to the Panthers (2-0, 1-0) in Brunswick.

Lauren Burke and Fiona Bundy each scored twice for Bowdoin.

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