Et tu Dave Bing?
May 13, 2009
This is a sad post. My beloved Syracuse Orangemen were in the news recently, and not in a good way. It didn’t involve a horrific, last second loss, the kind that stays with you for 22 years. But it also didn’t involve the type of win you spend the next 22 remembering.
It’s about the best player ever to don the Orange uniform. One that went on to achieve hardwood honors at Syracuse, then the Detroit Pistons. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, and turned that fame into fortune in the boardroom, starting a steel supply company that eventually became a manufacturing mecca of sorts in a downtrodden section of Detroit.
Recently, he ran for and was elected mayor of that city. And if there is such a thing as a living legend up on the Hill in Syracuse, it is none other than Dave Bing.
And now we find out that he too said he had a degree and didn’t?
Bing made false college degree claims
School records dispute graduation year, MBA for Detroit mayoral candidate
It’s important to note Bing DID quickly complete his remaining coursework and received his B.A. in 1995 once he was notified it wasn’t conferred back in 1966. So this isn’t a case where he’s been misstating his credentials for 40 plus years. While my love of all things Orange may blind me, I can understand the logic behind the B.A. “confusion.” But claiming on a video to have an M.B.A. too?
This story originally broke in March. This article has a few comments from Bing.
I admit I was shocked to hear this. He is a community icon and revered in both cities. I still think of him as a legend for his contributions to both, on and off the court. Our research shows about 7% of all applicants claim a degree or diploma but don’t have one. I just never thought I’d hear Dave Bing’s name in that context!
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