It’s been a difficult month for UConn fans. Despite the men’s basketball team’s 20-10 season, the Huskies are ineligible for postseason play after NCAA president and Syracuse alum Mark Emmert decided to institute new academic regulations that could punish schools retroactively (contrary to what he said would be the case beforehand).
Syracuse has also been a cause of torment for UConn in the conference realignment saga. Syracuse, along with Pittsburgh, was one of the first to declare its intention to leave the Big East and will be joining the ACC this summer. UConn has been unable to find a new conference to call home since that announcement in 2011.
Despite the hardships that have been endured by UConn and its fans over the past year and a half, the past month has brought a lot of joy at Syracuse’s expense. In their final game against their arch-rival, the Huskies defeated the No. 6 Orange, with Ryan Boatright declaring that Syracuse was “leaving the Big East with a bad taste of UConn in their mouths.”
Then, while UConn had to sit at home during the Big East Tournament, Syracuse lost a double-digit halftime lead and fell at the hands of Louisville in the championship.
This Syracuse collapse looks oh so familiar in March and I LOVE IT!!!! #overrated
— Kyle Campbell (@KMCampbell7) March 17, 2013
— FakeCoachP (@FauxCoachP) March 17, 2013
As if the Orange’s collapse in the final Big East Championship wasn’t enough, Syracuse is potentially now in deep trouble with the NCAA for major infactions (via Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports).
While UConn fans let it sink in that the NCAA Tournament does not include the Huskies this year, they will take whatever they can get, and Wednesday’s news allowed fans to have a lot of fun. As you can see, The UConn Blog even made a Syracuse dartboard in mockery of the Orange based on a quote from Dodd’s report.
When asked to characterize how wide-ranging the probe might be, a source with knowledge of the case told CBSSports.com: “Throw a dart at the [NCAA] Manual [and you would hit a violation by Syracuse].”
Check out some of the top tweets from UConn fans and writers on Wednesday.
Take heart Syracuse fans: all your choke jobs mean the NCAA doesn’t have that much they can strip from you.
— TheUConnBlog (@theuconnblog) March 20, 2013
Guys, throw a dart at Warde Manuel. No? Manuel Noriega? No? Just…just throw a dart at somebody. You’re bound to hit a Syracuse violation.
— Ben Allain (@BenAllain) March 20, 2013
— Mark Rubano (@MarkRubano) March 20, 2013
Brb, making a bracket of Syracuse players likely mentioned for drug use. How do you rank 64 #1 seeds?
— A Dime Back (@ADimeBack) March 20, 2013
Thinking “throw a dart” might be on a few fan signs at UConn for, oh,eternity.
— Ed Daigneault (@EdDaigneault) March 20, 2013
Actually danced when I saw the news about #cuse. If Fab Melo is “eligible” with a 1.2 GPA, they’re about to get slammed.
— Joe O’Leary (@jto23h) March 20, 2013
You would think if Cuse violated that many rules, they could’ve won more than one national championship
— Conor Sweeney (@cm_sween) March 20, 2013