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Kevin Harlan’s call of Syracuse’s win: ‘Back from the dead on Easter Sunday’

Broadcaster Kevin Harlan in 2011.
Broadcaster Kevin Harlan in 2011.

At the conclusion of Syracuse’s stunning comeback win over Virginia on Sunday, Kevin Harlan made a holiday-specific all.

As a No. 10 seed, The Orange obviously was not expected to make the Final Four. Coach Jim Boeheim was suspended nine games at the start of the season because of allegations of academic fraud by members of his staff.

On Sunday, the Orange overcame a 14-point deficit and beat No. 1 seed Virginia 68-62.

All of that was not lost on Harlan, the Kansas graduate who once called Missouri sports and Chiefs games.

Harlan’s call: “Jim Boeheim and Syracuse have done it. Back from the dead on Easter Sunday.”


Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter, so there was some outrage. But really most people didn’t have a problem with the call:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff