Brian Harrison proves he’s not a Jim Boeheim engraver
The idea of people in senior positions in sports running “burner” social media accounts (accounts not linked to them) pops up from time to time. There have been instances where some people are linked to these types of accounts, whether or not they personally use them themselves (see Bryan Colangelo, Kevin Durant, and Skip Bayless for some examples), but the accusations of “burners” go far beyond that, with some people citing anything positive about a team as proof that it came from within. And a funny with the Syracuse Orange basketball has been people once in a while affirming that Brian “Orange 44” Harrison (a longtime blogger and Twitter commentator for the team) is actually a hotshot account for head coach Jim Boeheim.
Harrison posted numerous takes to defend the Orange program amid criticism from other fans, and even highlighted many of those criticisms in a discussion thread. Well, that led to some of this “hot” discussion. And that led to an interesting bit on air on ESPN Syracuse/Cuse Sports Talk’s on the block with Brent Ax on Thursday, where Ax had Harrison on the phone, and where he told Harrison Live how his producer Jordan Capozzi brought up Twitter talk that Harrison’s account was Boeheim’s engraver:
— Cuse Sports Talk (@CuseSportsTalk_) March 31, 2022
For starters, the idea of 77-year-old Jim Boeheim having this kind of Twitter account as an engraver is hilarious. Yes, Boeheim has long shown willingness to engage in discussions about him, even leading an unplanned call on Axe’s show in 2017 after hearing Axe’s discussion of Syracuse’s recruiting, and he had notable grudges against particular media personalities (particularly Andy Katz). But he hardly use twitter himself. And yes, that doesn’t stop him from operating another Twitter account to monitor and engage in discussions about the team.
But, if Boeheim had an engraver, it won’t be an account like Harrison’s. Harrison joined Twitter in 2009, often blogged about Syracuse (which greatly increases the time such a deception would take; if anyone has the time to run a long-running blog specifically to create a fake identity, well, we hi, but you should find other hobbies), has his Twitter account far from being exclusively focused on Syracuse (or Syracuse basketball, for that matter; he often talks about other Orange teams) , and generally acts like a real person. His account is not “AlVic40117560”, the account linked to Colangelo who spent his time posting specific inside information about a variety of Sixers players while interviewing those who doubted Colangelo. (And while it would be incredibly funny if Jim Boeheim had spent over a decade creating a compelling Twitter fake persona, and even running a blog about his own team, it’s not remotely believable.)
All in all, it wasn’t really a serious accusation that Harrison’s story was a Boeheim engraver, at least not as far as the on-air discussion goes. As Capozzi notes in response to Axe, “Your producer, Jordan Capozzi, who has a name, has heard speculation that this account is a Boeheim engraver, and I asked if you had heard those rumors.” And, as Ax says, he’s known Harrison for a long time and knows he’s real. And it’s not clear if even the people who have thrown ‘Boeheim burner’ accusations at Harrison over the years really believe him, or if they’re just throwing something along the lines of a ‘You’re breeding the slur. company line”. But “Can you confirm that you are not Jim Boeheim’s engraver account?” “I can confirm that I am not and that I am also a real person” is a fun moment of live sports discussion. (Just like Capozzi’s follow-up to “How do we know he’s not one of Jim Boeheim’s sons we don’t know about because he doesn’t play basketball?”)
[Cuse Sports Talk on Twitter]