SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse University Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim didn’t shy away from addressing the controversy that has taken over the campus in the last week.
The Syracuse University Department of Public Safety continues to investigate what students are calling a “blatant act of racism.”
According to Syracuse University, on Thursday, November 7 graffiti with racial slurs was found on the fourth and sixth floors of Day Hall on campus. Syracuse University’s Chancellor Kent Syverud admitted in a statement on Tuesday morning that there was a delay in informing the campus about racist graffiti.
“What happened in that situation that could be one complete moron,” Boeheim said. “It could be a non-student. Right? We don’t know and you can’t go and blame the whole university for what could be one or two people that are obviously not the kind of people that should be here. If they’re in the university they shouldn’t be and if they are from the outside we have to try and keep them out.”
Otto’s Army, the popular student section for sporting events, called on all students to boycott Wednesday’s game in support of the protest.
You can see Boeheim’s full comments below:
During the game, the Orange missed its first seven shots from the field and digging an early 9-1 hole, the SU men’s basketball team finally got its offense going and cruised past Colgate 70-54 inside the Carrier Dome.
Buddy Boeheim led the Orange with 17 points. Elijah Hughes was next in line with 14 points and eight assists. Bourama Sidibe was the only other player in double figures for Syracuse. The junior center finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Freshman Joe Girard III provided a spark again off the bench. Girard scored five points and dished out four assists, but once again did a nice job running the point. So much so that Girard started the second half in place of Jalen Carey who had one point and two turnovers in just five minutes of action.