Syracuse player’s name spelled wrong on jersey being retired

Syracuse Orange alums Roosevelt Bouie (left) and Louis Orr (right) had their jerseys retired Saturday. That's B-O-U-I-E.

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Nice career, big fella. But what have you done for us lately?

That seems to have been the message delivered by the Syracuse University athletic department when the school made a very awkward gaffe Saturday during a ceremony honoring two former greats at halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. Pittsburgh.

Former Orange stars Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr had their jerseys retired (they wore Nos. 50 and 55, respectively) but a close look at the ceremonial jersey presented to Bouie showed that his last name had been spelled "Bowie."

For the uninitiated, it’s not as though the 6-foot-11 Bouie should be all that easy to forget in Central New York. He committed to Syracuse immediately after Jim Boeheim was named to replace Roy Danforth as the head coach in 1976. He formed half of the dynamic "Louie and Bouie" show that started Boeheim on the path to lifetime job security at SU.

The Orange went 100-18 in their four seasons together, reaching the NCAA Tournament each year, and Bouie still ranks second in program history in blocks (327), seventh in rebounds (987) and 18th in scoring (1,560 points).

Salvaging some degree of dignity, the school did have the spelling correct on the jersey hanging from the rafters at the Carrier Dome.