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Bleeding Orange: Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse Basketball
     

Bleeding Orange: Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse Basketball

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by Jim Boeheim, Jack McCallum
 

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In this candid autobiography, Syracuse head coach and long time college basketball fixture Jim Boeheim reflects on his life, his teachers, and the game he loves.

Jim Boeheim walked onto the Syracuse campus as a freshman in 1963 . . . and never walked off. A man who has been written off at various stages of his career and criticized for being disagreeable, Boeheim

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In this candid autobiography, Syracuse head coach and long time college basketball fixture Jim Boeheim reflects on his life, his teachers, and the game he loves.

Jim Boeheim walked onto the Syracuse campus as a freshman in 1963 . . . and never walked off. A man who has been written off at various stages of his career and criticized for being disagreeable, Boeheim has experienced it all—triumph, despair, redemption; controversy, heartbreak, and scandal; championships, epic disappointments, colorful personalities, NCAA investigations.

His combative personality helped ignite what was arguably the most competitive college basketball conference ever: the Big East of the 1980s, when he and Syracuse battled with Big John Thompson of Georgetown, roly-poly Rollie Massimino of Villanova, feisty Jim Calhoun of Connecticut, and beloved Looie Carnesecca of St. John’s, turning the Big East into a Coaches Conference and the Best Show in College Basketball. Boeheim talks about those days and the coming battles with powerhouses North Carolina and Duke, now that Syracuse has joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

From his association with Syracuse greats Dave Bing (a college teammate), Pearl Washington, and Derrick Coleman, to the Olympics—where he coached players such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant—Boeheim has learned many lessons that have helped his team and continue to encourage him now as he nears seventy.

His unprecedented fifty-year career as a player, assistant, head coach and icon has given him unique insight into coaching and the college game, knowledge he now shares.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/15/2014
In collaboration with McCallum (Dream Team), Boeheim delivers an honest look into his life as one of college basketball's most notorious and successful coaches. Coming into his 39th year as the Syracuse University head coach, the author reminisces on his long sports career, from walking onto the Syracuse basketball team in 1962 to the disappointing end of the 2013–14 season, and the many changes college basketball has undergone throughout the years. In a conversational tone, Boeheim tells of the highs and lows of the Syracuse program, including building iconic players such as Carmelo Anthony, his noteworthy turbulent relationship with the press, and his experiences coaching for the U.S. national team. Along the lines of John Wooden's They Call Me Coach, Boeheim's title supplies valuable basketball advice and gives insight into his rationale for coaching decisions. Readers enthralled by Bud Poliquin's Tales from the Syracuse Orange's Locker Room will also appreciate this coach's perspective. VERDICT Filled with stories of basketball history from someone who lived it, this autobiography is highly recommended for sports fans, especially Syracuse supporters, and coaches interested in learning from one of the most triumphant.—Katie McGaha, Simi Valley P.L., CA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-07
An autobiography from a legendary coaching lifer.In 1962, Boeheim (b. 1944), a native of tiny Lyons, New York, walked on to the Syracuse University basketball team as a lightly touted freshman, eventually earning a scholarship. In the fall of 2014, he will begin his 39th season as head coach of the Orange. In 2003, Boeheim won the national championship after several near misses, and in 2006, he was elected to the coaches' wing of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Only Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has more wins in the history of Division I. In this memoir, Boeheim's voice rings through clearly, a tribute to both the coach and to his co-author McCallum, a respected veteran basketball writer (Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever, 2012, etc.). Boeheim keeps his focus on the college game, its evolution and his experience as the most visible person at Syracuse, although he shares relevant details of his personal biography as well. Basketball junkies will especially value the coach's insights. Every two or three chapters, Boeheim breaks up the narrative with one of nine multipage "coaches notes" from the 2013-2014 season; these provide additional insight into Boeheim's passion and preparation as well as his philosophies in dealing with players, officials, and peers on and off the court. Syracuse was an inaugural member of the Big East Conference that helped to transform college basketball in the 1980s, highlighting a tough, hard-fought style of play and larger-than-life coaching personalities, of which Boeheim was one of the more prominent. The tales from the Big East in its heyday mark some of the highlights of the book, as do his coaching insights. Sometimes accused of being a complainer on the court, Boeheim comes across as likable in this readable, thoughtful book about coaching college basketball.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062316646
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/04/2014
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
262,077
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jim Boeheim is the second-winningest coach in college basketball history behind Mike Krzyzewski. He has been elected to the coaches wing of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and has been the head coach of the Syracuse Orangemen for nearly forty years.

Jack McCallum is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestseller Dream Team. He is a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in basketball writing.

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Bleeding Orange: Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse Basketball 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GreggieB More than 1 year ago
A quick read for the basketball fan. Good insights into the Big East and the relationships, or lack thereof , between the original coaches of this league. Boeheim is a hall of fame coach with a great array of stories about coaches and players. Syracuse fans should love to gain the insights of a man who has lead their team for so many years. Other basketball fans like myself, should find this a quick, easy read and walk away more knowledgable about what makes Boeheim the man he is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Big East was so exciting to watch back in the day. So many great games to watch. And so many great coaches.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walks in an yelles im back!
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