SU can't celebrate Boeheim's "1,000th" win, so Onondaga County will instead

Mahoney blames NCAA for making milestone "awkward" to celebrate

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - The Syracuse Orange upset victory against Virginia Saturday would be Jim Boeheim's 1,000th, had the NCAA not vacated 101 of those wins in 2015.

NCAA recognizes the win as number 899.

Boeheim mentioned the milestone Saturday in a live interview with ESPN. Boeheim said, "Whatever number it is I have, I've been a part of a thousand wins here. We may not have that many on the record but I've been here for 1000 wins. That's a lot of wins. I'm very proud of this group."

In a rare show of emotion, Boeheim raised his arms in the air, high-fiving fans, as he left the Carrier Dome.

NCAA sanctions means Syracuse University cannot mark the milestone, as other coaches have in the past.

Since SU can't celebrate, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney is leading the charge to celebrate.

Mahoney is an SU alum and lifelong Orange fan.

Onondaga County is partnering with Taste of Syracuse, the annual June event in Downtown Syracuse, and will use the first night, Friday, as a big community celebration. She hopes Boeheim and the team can participate because the event is already scheduled without a basketball focus.

Mahoney says, "Coach Boeheim spent his entire career at Syracuse and is the only coach in the history of the sport to win all 1000 games with one program."

Mahoney also indicated more subtle references to 1000 wins during the basketball season, but wasn't ready to discuss specific plans.

She's aware of the rules Syracuse University has to follow and doesn't want to make trouble for them.

Mahoney blames the NCAA for making the milestone "awkward" to celebrate.

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