Syracuse Hoops Wins Opener, Greg Robinson Fired: I Was Sad for About a Minute

Larry RulisonContributor INovember 16, 2008

I was watching Syracuse basketball en route to its first win of the year against Le Moyne College when I saw the news of the dismissal of Greg Robinson scroll across the bottom of the screen.

I was sad for a moment. After all, Robinson has suffered through four completely awful seasons with what can only be described as grace.

Because of that, I was sad for a moment—and then I thought of all of the possibilities for this program. I actually can't believe that we all suffered through this for four years and just three Big East wins.

Let's hope Randy Edsall can be lured away from UConn.

But let's get back to the game at hand. Syracuse basketball was playing in its first game, and all I can say is this is going to be fun.

Not only is Syracuse extremely deep—with a future star in Kris Joseph, freshman stud—but they are also about to embark on the most difficult non-conference schedule in SU history, with Richmond, Florida, Washington or Kansas, and then Virginia, all within the next two weeks. Buckle up, because it's going to be a very difficult and bumpy ride.

However, I think that Jimmy B is prepared for this, which is why he looks like Rick Pitino on the sidelines, sending two and three subs to the scorers' table to get into the game. It's hard to tell who is a starter and who is coming off the bench.

Devo and Rautins look good, albeit a little rusty. I love that this team doesn't sit around like last year waiting for Greene or Flynn to hoist an ill-advised three-pointer.

The final score was 85-51, SU, and although Le Moyne is Div. II, I think the Cuse came away with a lot of positives.

* They can pass this year. The Orange was looking like the Celtics with their unselfishness.

* Jonny Flynn doesn't have to do it all. This year, there are so many guards, Flynn can be a point guard again.

* Joseph is smooth. He is long and mobile, and he can shoot.

* Jimmy B. can go big or small. I saw Ricky Jackson and Arinze Onuaku in at the same time. That is the lineup that the Cuse will have to use against UConn, No. 2 in the country.

See you on Tuesday—and just remember, you can never take Richmond too lightly. Just ask Billy Owens.