Free from that sort of drama, SU has defied the trends. Boeheim, while he has his fair share of ornery moments, treats his players well. Few of them leave too early, and those that stay find themselves with a good chance at doing special, as they’ve done in 2013. There also hasn’t been a coaching change since 1976. That counts for something.
So Syracuse has plenty to explain, and defend, as it traverses through the Atlanta circus this weekend. At the same time, though, it can beam about the good qualities that have kept the Orange among the college basketball elite, with a strong enough stomach to deal with the inevitable headaches.