Syracuse Rumors

Syracuse retired former star Carmelo Anthony’s No. 15 jersey during halftime of its game against Georgetown on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. A sellout crowd of 35,012, the largest to see a college basketball game in an on-campus arena, watched a large replica of Anthony’s jersey get unveiled in the rafters. The New York Knicks’ star was presented a framed jersey at center court. Anthony, who played only one year of college ball and helped lead the Orange to their lone national championship in 2003, was greeted with a rousing ovation when he entered the Carrier Dome before the game. “Wow,” Anthony said, his wife and young son standing at his side. “This is one of the most memorable days of my life, my career.”
Carmelo Anthony had no desire to dip his toe into raging waters regarding his alma mater and former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine, who was fired in the wake of allegations he molested two ballboys in the 1980s and 1990s. That was before Anthony’s one year at Syracuse in 2003, when he led Jim Boeheim’s Orange to the national championship. “My heart goes out to the families,’’ Anthony said yesterday. “That’s a sensitive situation, a sensitive topic right now. And I don’t even want to go there.”