No discipline for Boeheim's outburst at Duke
ACC commissioner John Swofford on Monday said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim won’t be disciplined after he came onto the court to protest a key charging call during the Orange’s 66-60 loss at Duke over the weekend.
Swofford said he agreed with Boeheim’s ejection during Saturday’s game and noted the ruling was a “judgment call” by officials.
The commissioner wouldn’t say whether official Tony Greene made the right call when he whistled Syracuse’s C.J. Fair for charging into Duke’s Rodney Hood with 10.4 seconds left, leading to Boeheim’s brief fit of rage.
Swofford said the call is not something the conference will review.
“We don’t second-guess judgment calls that officials give,” Swofford said. “That’s probably the toughest call in basketball to make, even with the way it’s changed. I think it’s made a little easier with the rule change, but it’s still a tough call.”
Under the revised block/charge rule put in place before this season in men’s basketball, a defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass. If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul.
Previously, a defender had to be in legal guarding position when the offensive player lifted off the floor.