McNamara Not Overrated Back

Post Game Press Conference response by Jim Boeheim after Syracuse beat Cincinnati in Big East Tournament, 3/8/2006


I think Mooky is just starting. He's a junior. I think all of our Juniors are in a position where they're just -- this year is the first year they've had responsibility to carry us. I think it's just taking them -- they haven't had that responsibility. They didn't have it as sophomores, they didn't have it as freshmen even to be factors. I think that it's been a hard year for them to understand they've got to be the guys. Today isvreally the first day that I thought all of the three front line guys were involved in the game, all three. We've had one, two maybe; we haven't had all three.

You know, Gerry has been very consistent for us all year, his whole career. I have to laugh a little bit when our own paper is calling him, our own student newspaper is calling him "overrated." They actually listened to a couple assistant coaches who I guarantee you will never be head coaches if they think Gerry McNamara is overrated. Of course our paper won't print that anyway because that's -- you know, somebody said it. Without Gerry McNamara, we wouldn't have won 10 <bleeped> games this year. Okay, not ten. The other guys just aren't ready. They needed him. Without him there, not ten. We wouldn't be here to even have a chance to play this game. And everybody's talking to me and writing about Gerry McNamara being overrated?

That's the most <bleeped> thing I've seen in 30 years - and especially if it comes from our people in our papers. But they're quoted from somebody else, an anonymous assistant coach. Let the assistant coach come up to me and say, "Gerry McNamara is overrated." I'd like to see one of those guys come up to me and say that. He's been double-teamed every game this year, and the coaches voted him First Team All-Conference. The head coaches, they don't know <bleeped>, I guess

Gerry McNamara Overrated