Syracuse fans give Boeheim ovation after deadly crash

As Jim Boeheim prepared to coach one of the most emotionally difficult games of his career, the Syracuse basketball faithful made it very clear they support the coach in the aftermath of his deadly crash.

The Carrier Dome crowd gave Boeheim a standing ovation as he walked onto the court ahead of the Orange’s Saturday game against No. 1 Duke. While not obvious in the video below, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reports that Boeheim carried a somber look on his face.

Boeheim is just three days removed from a crash that killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez on Wednesday night, in which Jimenez was reportedly struck by Boeheim’s car after leaving his vehicle due to a previous accident. Authorities did not fault Boeheim, who had no alcohol in his system, for his actions before or after the crash and do not expect him to face any immediate legal ramifications for the accident.

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Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim during the 2018-19 season
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RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 13:Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim during the 1st half of the NC State Wolfpack game versus the Syracuse Orange on February 13th, 2019, at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 13: Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the 2nd half of the NC State Wolfpack game versus the Syracuse Orange on February 13th, 2019, at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - JANUARY 12: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts to a call against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second half at the Carrier Dome on January 12, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. Georgia Tech defeated Syracuse 73-59. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - JANUARY 09: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the second half at the Carrier Dome on January 9, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Clemson 61-53. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 29: Syracuse Orange Head Coach Jim Boeheim claps for his players play on the court during the first half of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies versus the Syracuse Orange game on December 29, 2018, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.(Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange chuckles after a traveling call goes in his team's favor during the second half against the Buffalo Bulls at the Carrier Dome on December 18, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts as Paschal Chukwu #13 comes out of the game against the Cornell Big Red during the first half at the Carrier Dome on December 1, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Cornell 63-55. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange embrace his son, Jimmy Boeheim #3 of the Cornell Big Red following the game at the Carrier Dome on December 1, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Cornell 63-55. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange talks with Frank Howard #23 against the Cornell Big Red during the first half at the Carrier Dome on December 1, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28: Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim watches a Ohio State Buckeye player in a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Syracuse Orange on November 28, 2018 at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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It was an open question whether or not Boeheim would appear during Saturday’s game, but the program announced Friday that he would indeed coach against Duke.

The mother of Jimenez’s sons and stepson reportedly opposed Boeheim’s decision, while the 19-year-old stepson questioned the idea of Syracuse playing a game at all. ESPN also opted to pull its “College GameDay” program from Syracuse in the aftermath of the incident.

Syracuse recognized Jimenez before the game with a moment of silence announced in both English and Spanish, per Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel.

 

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