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CBS Sports Network's Adam Schein, Syracuse alum, reflects on Boeheim

By Eye on College Basketball staff | CBSSports.com

You may know him as the guy who puts up with our raucous NFL Monday QB panel every Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network but did you know he also bleeds orange? Syracuse Orange that is. Adam Schein, host of NFL Monday QB, attended Syracuse University from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. He loves 'Cuse so much that he got a job there after graduation on WHEN radio hosting the afternoon drive show.

We caught up with Schein after an awesome NFL Monday QB taping in our New York City studios to see just what 900 wins for head basketball coach Jim Boeheim means to him as Syracuse alum.

By Adena Andrews

Q: What are some of your most memorable moments from being a Syracuse student and covering the school?

Adam Schein: My freshman year was when they ended up going to the national championship game against Kentucky. You think about Otis Hill and Jason Cipolla and John Wallace. That was a great team and a fun team to watch.

You know, Boeheim and Mike Hopkins have always just done such a great job in recruiting great players and great people to Syracuse.

Q: Do you have a Boeheim-ism or Boeheim moment that you really remember from your time around him or just being around the program?

AS: I hosted a radio show [in Syracuse] and hosted the afternoon drive show and he was a regular guest on the show. He's the best, I mean, I love him. He would always call into the show even if he wasn't a guest and just comment on anything. Whether it was Doug Flutie, Rob Johnson and the Bills' quarterback or my take on the Big East. He's a sports junkie. He's a Syracuse legend. He's a coaching legend and 900 is an amazing and remarkable achievement. It couldn't happen to a guy who is more committed to Syracuse or more dedicated to Syracuse. I think the world of Boeheim.

Q: Where do you think 900 wins lies in coaching lore?

AS: It's one of the all-time great accomplishments. I mean, getting top-flight athletes to come to Syracuse, N.Y., to play sports is not easy. It's not New York City and not Los Angeles. To get these top-flight recruits is amazing. If you look at what Boeheim was able to build from when he took over the program to now, it's one of the great accomplishments, I believe, in the history of college basketball.

Q: With such a great record, Boeheim could easily have left college for the NBA. What is it about him that made him stick around and not go pro?

AS: I mean, he's a 'Cuse lifer. He's from Lyons [New York]. He's made a home in Syracuse. Syracuse residents, Central New York residents and Syracuse grads, they appreciate his humor and they appreciate his approach. He just loves and bleeds orange. That's what really strikes you.

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