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Jim Boeheim met with his team minutes after his NCAA suspension was lifted

Just minutes after his suspension was lifted, Jim Boeheim met with his team.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Everyone joked about Jim Boeheim meeting with his team shortly after midnight on Tuesday evening - but it turns out those jokes were accurate.

According to Boeheim's wife, Juli, coach had his jacket on at 11:30 p.m. waiting to meet his team, which happened shortly after midnight.

"He had his coat on at about 11:30, waiting," she said. "He didn't want to be there too early. He met with the team and just kind of got things rolling again."

Although it may be all smiles right now in the Boeheim household due to coach's return, the last five weeks have been difficult.

"It's been awful," Juli told the Associated Press. "The culmination of everything coming to reality and the recovery, it's not like, OK, everything's good now, let's pick up where we left off. It's not. It's still a process. It's a process for him up there, and it's a process for us here at home." 

We all know the 71-year-old Hall of Famer watched the Syracuse-Miami game with Jay Bilas, but Juli said they couldn't watch games together due to the high emotions.

"I just don't think that I could get that close to him because of the pain. It's been heartbreaking. I can hardly look at him when he's watching the games because of that," she told John Kekis.

But now that the suspension is over, how are the Boeheim's feeling?

"Now that we're coming out of it, I'm feeling all of it. I'm pretty exhausted," Juli said. "Sometimes, I don't think we realize where we've been until we're out." 

Coach Boeheim's first game back will be Saturday night vs. No. 6 North Carolina (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). 


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