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Jim Boeheim Speaks At Length About Deadly Car Accident After Syracuse's Loss To Duke

Jim Boeheim speaks at a press conference.

Today was an emotional one for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. The Hall of Famer led his team against Duke, in front of a record-setting crowd of over 35,000 at the Carrier Dome, just days after being involved in a deadly car accident.

On Wednesday night, Boeheim hit 51-year old Jorge Jimenez with his car. The Syracuse resident was declared deceased at the hospital.

Jimenez was the passenger of a car that got into a previous accident on Interstate 690 late Wednesday night. He got out of the car, and was hit by the car driven by Boeheim, who was reportedly trying to avoid the stalled vehicle on the highway.

After beating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Syracuse fell at the Dome tonight, 75-65. A moment of silence was held for Jimenez before the game.

After the game, Jim Boeheim addressed the tragic incident at length, showing serious remorse and empathy for the Jimenez family.

Boeheim discussed the game as well, of course, but much of the attention of the post-game press conference was paid to the incident, as you'd imagine.

The game after the accident happened to come against one of Boeheim's best friends in coaching, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K spoke about the atmosphere at the Carrier Dome, and how his friend handled things.

As Boeheim said, recovering from this will be a long, long process. Of course, we shouldn't lose sight of the Jimenez family in this situation. Our thoughts continue to go out to them after this tragedy.