Only Syracuse fans would rather see Jim Boeheim than Justin Timberlake.
The head coach of the Orange made a grand entrance to the school's Midnight Madness. Through a haze of smoke and Timberlake's "Take Back the Night," Boeheim stepped out of a yellow taxi and onto the floor of the Carrier Dome. As soon as the door opened, he received a massive ovation from the thousands in attendance (via Syracuse Athletics):
These kind of arrivals have become commonplace at many schools for Midnight Madness. It's a chance for the coaches and players to all kick back and have some fun, sometimes at their own expense. The teams want to try and make it as much of a spectacle as possible.
For the fans, it's a great kickoff to the season to satiate your appetite for college basketball. Midnight Madness also looks good for potential recruits.
This should be a big year for Syracuse. The Orange are entering the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time, having spent so many successful years in the Big East. They're also coming off a year in which they made the Final Four for the fifth time in school history.
Although Brandon Triche, James Southerland and Michael Carter-Williams are gone, leading scorer C.J. Fair is back. Tyler Ennis, a 5-star point guard recruit, will also figure heavily into where Syracuse will go this season.
With a coach like Boeheim, you can never doubt Syracuse too much.
Fans will be hoping his final act this season will be as grand as his first.