Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim's press conference after the game against NC State was eagerly anticipated after the NCAA sanctions were announced on Friday. However, Boeheim called an audible and sent assistant Mike Hopkins to face the media. He released the statement below as an explanation.
The move was largely crushed on social media, with many calling it a sign of weakness. However, what does Boeheim coming out and answering every question 'no comment' accomplish? If Boeheim did come out, there is not a chance that anyone asks him a question related to the game, even if he starts his press conference stating he will talk about the NCAA investigation.
With an appeals process still ahead of Syracuse Athletics, this was the safest and most reasonable decision. If he comes out, there is a chance he makes a comment that hurts their appeals case. If he doesn't, that cannot happen. Boeheim released a statement on Friday with his perspective. That should be enough.
Boeheim was in a lose-lose situation. If he comes out and says something and it hurts the appeals process, he is crushed for doing so. Crushed for hurting his program by compromising a potential appeal. If he comes out and says "no comment" over and over, he is crushed for not answering questions. If he doesn't come out, as he chose not to do, he is crushed for not facing the media.
Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with his decision. The argument "it doesn't look good" is not a valid reason to do something.
Remember, Boeheim has already been in trouble for saying something prematurely with the Bernie Fine situation. Why even risk that again? There is no point. This is the smartest move for Syracuse Athletics, Jim Boeheim and the appeals process.
Of course, he did miss an opportunity to answer every question with "I'm just here so I don't get fined."