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Throwback Thursday: Jim Boeheim’s ejection becomes meme

Jim Boeheim

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, right, and players react to an official’s call late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Duke won 66-60. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Syracuse kicked off their new intra-conference rivalry with Duke in epic fashion during the 2013-14 season, playing a thriller in front of 35,000 fans in the Carrier Dome.

The Orange, who were ranked No. 2 in the country at the time, eventually won in overtime, keeping their then-perfect record intact. Four weeks later, the Orange would be making the return trip to Durham in what was one of the most anticipated matchups in recent regular season memory, and while the game itself failed to live up to the drama of the first, the latter was certainly more memorable.

That’s because Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had one of the most explosive ejections this side of Bobby Knight. When C.J. Fair was called for a questionable charge on a play that could have given Syracuse the lead in the final 10 seconds, Boeheim leapt off the bench, tried to throw off his suit jacket and proceeded to curse and point in the face of every official he could find before finally being escorted out of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Ejections just don’t get better than this:

The best part, however, were the memes that instantly began popping up all over the internet afterwards.

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What a glorious, glorious day that was.