With plenty of distractions around them, the SU basketball team is trying to keep its perfect season going tonight against Eastern Michigan at the Carrier Dome. YNN's Mark Larson is outside the Dome with more on how the team is trying to keep its focus.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Orange usually practice here the day before a home game, but Tuesday’s practice was moved up to the Melo Center so the team could work out behind closed doors.
Syracuse is off to a six and zero start and the last three wins came after the allegations against Bernie Fine first came out. But Tuesday night will be the first time they'll hit the court since Fine was fired Friday night.
And it will be interesting to see if the Orange decide to keep Bernie Fine's seat on the bench un-occupied in tribute like they have in the three games he missed while on administrative leave.
Now that Fine has been fired with the evidence and sexual abuse allegations growing against him, I would not expect that to continue. Jim Boeheim has gone from backing Bernie to throwing his support behind the university in its decision to fire his longtime assistant. We expect to hear more from coach in his postgame comments.
But Tuesday afternoon, Boeheim appeared on a local radio show to tell us how he was trying to keep his team focused on basketball.
Boeheim definitely sounded a little fatigued on the radio and who could blame him with the case against his ex-assistant building and some national sportswriters calling for Boeheim to be fired as well.
Chancellor Nancy Cantor may have waved that off for the time being or she may not have, time will tell.
We'll see how the Orange handle the situation on the court against Eastern Michigan, led by another former assistant Rob Murphy.