ACC School Mount Rushmores: Syracuse’s Most Hated!
Once upon a time, we had some fun with Syracuse’s Mount Rushmore (as we did with all the school Mount Rushmores). The final Syracuse Mount Rushmore: Jim Boeheim, Jim Brown, Ben Schwartzwalder, and Ernie Davis. You can go there to read the reasons why those four were chosen. But if Syracuse was to create a “most-hated” Mount Rushmore, who would be on it?
The first and easiest is John Thompson. Although he and Jim Boeheim are probably golfing buddies now, there was a time when there was absolutely no love lost between these two. One of the worst moments in Syracuse sports history was when Thompson deemed Manley Field House closed. One of the coolest moments was Thompson getting ejected at the Carrier Dome. In between, there were plenty of basketball moments…. including Michael Graham’s punch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6o2iHeCWGo.
The second one is not as obvious, but there has to be a football name on here. Joe Paterno and Syracuse have had a quarrel over the years. First, Penn State dominated Syracuse on the football field for a long time during his reign. Then, Syracuse turned the tables in 1987 and Paterno (wisely) decided to cancel the series. Second, Paterno wrongly blamed Syracuse for Penn State not making it into the Big East. Syracuse voted for Penn State. Syracuse may have a more bitter rivalry with other schools on the field, but Joe Paterno was disliked in Central NY long before the Sandusky scandal emerged.
The third spot goes to Keith Smart. He did not do anything wrong. He hit a shot. But that shot was replayed over and over and over again for so many years. If you were old enough to form memories during the 1987 Championship Game, you probably want to get in a fetal position when you see that replay. So close to a national championship, but instead Keith Smart wins it on a jumper. It’s not his fault, but he gets a spot.
So then we come to the 4th spot. We’ll let you vote for this one. After you vote, tell us why–especially if you do not select one of the entries.