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February 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday evening in honor of Syracuse University Coach Jim Boeheim, recognizing his 1000th win and distinguished career.

Video of Rep. Katko’s floor speech can be found here.  His remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim upon the occasion of his 1,000th win this past Saturday over the Virginia Cavaliers.

Coach Boeheim has dedicated over 40 years to Syracuse University and he and his wife, Juli, are known locally for their outstanding generosity and philanthropy.

While Central New York happily celebrated Coach Boeheim’s 1,000th win this past weekend, the occasion was not recognized by the NCAA due to arbitrarily harsh sanctions that followed an eight-year investigation which eliminated scholarships opportunities for students and vacated Coach Boeheim of 108* wins.

While we cannot stand for impropriety in collegiate athletics, we must have transparency, consistency and fairness from the NCAA – an organization charged with promoting higher education opportunities and protecting the welfare of students.  

That is why I have and will continue to champion bipartisan legislation in the House to reform the NCAA and bring accountability and due process to this organization.

There is no denying that Jim Boeheim was the coach for 1,000 basketball wins at Syracuse University and the NCAA should recognize that fact.

Our community celebrates and congratulates Coach Boeheim upon this tremendous achievement, and it is my honor to recognize him here today.  Congratulations, Coach Boeheim.   Go Orange.

In Congress, Representative Katko has championed the NCAA Accountability Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at providing greater protections for student athletes and schools by reforming the arbitrary enforcement processes utilized by the NCAA.

Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.  For more information, please visit or



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