Syracuse, NY – This is the Thanksgiving Day edition of Mike’s Mailbox.
It has been a difficult year, but one of the things I’m most grateful for are all readers, especially those who frequently send me questions for me to use in the weekly Mailbox.
Between the end of last season and the start of the 2020-21 season, Mailbox never missed a week.
So before we all discuss turkey and stuffing, let’s get to the question!
Q: Is Syracuse still trying to set up some non-conference games for the basketball team?
Mike: What’s there to know about the impact of the coronavirus on a college basketball team’s schedule this fall? I wrote one answer to this question on Wednesday morning and by Wednesday afternoon the answer is outdated.
Right after noon on Wednesday, Syracuse announced they would play Niagara in a non-conference match at the Carrier Dome on December 3.
The match with Niagara seems to have been scheduled as a substitute for the match with Binghamton. Orange’s match against Binghamton has never been officially announced by Syracuse, but has been confirmed by Binghamton. However, Binghamton had to cancel some of his early games due to a positive Covid test in his program.
In the match announcement with Niagara, SU officials stated that this was the last game to be added to the schedule.
That leaves Syracuse with non-conference games against Bryant (November 27), Niagara (December 3), Rider (December 5), at Rutgers (December 8), Buffalo (December 19) and Georgetown (9).
Q: Have two sons played for their father at the same time on the Division I basketball team?
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Mike: I saw this as a very passive-aggressive way to stay alive for a few weeks in a row with questions that were partly Jimmy Boeheim related.
I don’t have official records of boys playing for their dads, but if Jimmy and his younger brother Buddy ended up playing for their dad in Syracuse, the Boeheim family would join the very select group.
I can find only four instances where two boys played for their father at the same time.
They are: Sean and Scott Sutton playing for their father, Eddie, at Oklahoma State; Franklin and Malcolm Porter played for Terry’s coach in Portland; Andy and Bryan Hipsher play for Dan in Akron and Logan and Lucas Nett play for Dickey in Southeast Missouri State.
The key to this list is the phrase “at the same time. ”
That eliminates several father-son combinations, including Jimmy and Billy Baron, who both play for their father Jim Baron in Rhode Island, but are not on the same team. Same with Davidson coach Bob McKillop and sons Matt and Brendan.
Then you have coaches who have boys playing for them at two different schools like Tubby Smith with GG (Georgia) and Saul (Kentucky) and Jim Larranaga with Jon (George Mason) and Jay (Bowling Green).
Q: What are the chances that Syracuse will now make another trip to an early-season tournament on Maui or Atlantis?
Mike: Syracuse is a frequent participant in early season tournaments such as the Maui Invitational, Great Alaska Shootout, and Battle 4 Atlantis.
Syracuse is scheduled to be in the field next year for Battle 4 Atlantis. The Orange last played at an event in the Bahamas in the 2015-16 season.
Hopefully, the coronavirus will be under control by November next year and Syracuse will be able to return to the Bahamas.
Q: What is your favorite meat to use in your chilies?
Mike: A few weeks ago I mentioned my secret award-winning chili recipe. Okay, it’s never won an award and that’s no secret.
But here’s one thing I do. I’m using two pounds of ground beef and one pound of Italian sausage.
I like to use hot sausages. It adds a kick without being too spicy.
Try it while you’re in the kitchen again.
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