New Yorkers like expressing themselves in newspapers


Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Binghamton's Kevin Broadus each saw something written about them in the newspaper that wasn't so positive, and the coaches were not going to just sit by idly.

Rather, they fired off letters to the editor defending themselves.

In Boeheim's case, he responded to another published letter to the editor that expressed horror for whatever reason about a photo in The Post-Standard of the young sons of Boeheim and assistant coach Mike Hopkins playing with small video cameras. The writer calls this "just another example of parents sloughing off their responsibilities" since the kids possess what appeared to him to be cell phones.

Boeheim and his wife sent in a response that included this:

It is very disheartening to have people criticize one’s parenting when they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Have you met us or our children? Have you asked anyone who does know us about our kids or the way we parent?

Broadus, meanwhile, responded to yet another article on how the Binghamton program came crashing down, with Broadus being placed on paid leave after numerous NCAA violations were committed and a number of his players got into trouble.

Broadus in his letter to the Wall Street Journal wrote that he was "proud" of the players he recruited and has more in the full version of the letter:

During my tenure no player was ever academically ineligible to matriculate at Binghamton, and most of the young men from last year are still students. Even the one player who got in trouble with the law, in fact won the Chancellor’s award last year for Academic Excellence. Unfortunately, it seems such facts have gotten lost in a rush to paint the entire university’s basketball program with a broad brush, thus tarnishing an entire group of young men who came to Binghamton to achieve their dreams.