Jim Boeheim has been a master at driving the Syracuse basketball team through a storm. That's the narrative on him now, that in a year of hard times, the Orange have kept winning. If they beat Ohio State on Saturday, they'll be in the Final Four.
We love people who overcome adversity; it's one of the great feel-good cliches about sports: "It's a tribute to him," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said Friday.
A tribute? This season is a tribute to Jim Boeheim? No. That's just too much. When people credit him for dealing with a mess, they seem to forget that it's his mess. He is not a sympathetic figure.
How can anyone slide through drug and pedophile scandals on a team the way he has? This is his program. Somehow, he snubs his nose at rightful scrutiny, but nothing touches him, as if he's not accountable for what happens on or around a team he has run for 36 years.
After Syracuse beat Wisconsin on Thursday night, someone asked one of the players about all the season's low points.