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The news just broke that Jim Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian last night on I-690. As a Syracuse Alum who has witnessed the best and worst of him, ranging from the NCAA title in 2003, to the infamous jacket toss vs. Duke, and everything in between - This is incredibly sad, and couldn't have come at a worse time for the Orange.
Every sign points to this solely being just a tragic accident, with Boeheim swerving to avoid a disabled vehicle in the middle of 690, and striking and killing 51 year old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse. We will expect more details to be released from the Syracuse Police Department as the day unfolds.
I'll continue to back my coach no matter what. He is going to now face a lot of adversity for what happened. Fans may question his character. But you have to look at what he's done for our Men's Basketball program over his historic career. He's forever a remarkable figure to our community, and I sure hope that our fans rally behind him and support him through this difficult journey.
We must also never forget the loss of Jorge Jimenez. And my heart goes out to their entire family for this tragedy they will have to endure for the rest of their lives.
But, I will forever back my coach, my team, and my school.