Jim Boeheim on season-opener against Bryant: ‘We’ll be ready to play next Friday’

Jim Boeheim said today his Syracuse team will be “ready to play” next week if the Orange is permitted to host its season-opener against Bryant.

“We’ll be ready to play next Friday,” he said in a phone conversation. “Our players are fine. They’re in great shape.”

SU’s men’s program has been on pause since last Sunday when Boeheim revealed he tested positive for Covid-19 and the university announced another person in the program also tested positive.

The Orange has not practiced all week. Players are in quarantine. SU’s season-opener is scheduled for Nov. 27 in the Carrier Dome.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said Thursday his office was comfortable with Syracuse hosting next week’s game. McMahon cited SU’s expiring 14-day quarantine as the rationale for his comfort level. The county must sign off on the game for it to be played. It’s unclear whether New York state and/or the ACC must also agree to the game.
Then, SU has a decision to make.
“My understanding is the game on Friday, logistically, that game can go on,” McMahon said. “Whether or not they think they’re ready for a game, that’s their call.”
Boeheim confirmed today was his last day of isolation. The SU coach said he felt “100 percent.” He has been home for 10 days and is now permitted to leave the premises.