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

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Jim Boeheim walked onto the Syracuse campus as just another non-scholarship guard on the freshman basketball team in 1962 . . . and he still hasn’t walked off. In six decades as a player, assistant coach and the head man on the bench for Syracuse University’s basketball program, Boeheim is synonymous with the blood and thunder of East Coast hoops. In Bleeding Orange, Boeheim recounts for the first time all of the pleasures and perils of a career spent battling “The Beasts of the...

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

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Jim Boeheim walked onto the Syracuse campus as just another non-scholarship guard on the freshman basketball team in 1962 . . . and he still hasn’t walked off. In six decades as a player, assistant coach and the head man on the bench for Syracuse University’s basketball program, Boeheim is synonymous with the blood and thunder of East Coast hoops. In Bleeding Orange, Boeheim recounts for the first time all of the pleasures and perils of a career spent battling “The Beasts of the Big East,” the NCAA and his own fear of failure.

The son of a funeral director, Coach Boeheim has always been full of life, and his combative nature helped ignite what was arguably the most fascinating and competitive college basketball conference ever—the Big East of the 1980s. Boeheim’s battles with fellow coaches Big John Thompson of Georgetown, roly-poly Rollie Massimino of Villanova, feisty Jim Calhoun of Connecticut and beloved Louie Carnesecca of St. John’s turned the Big East into the best show in college basketball.

Combining a real time, inside-the-program account of the 2013–14 season—Syracuse’s first in the ACC—with a narrative of his most cherished memories of coming-of-age on the Syracuse campus and of coaching two Olympic gold medal–winning teams, Bleeding Orange is a must-read both for Syracuse fans and anyone who calls himself or herself an aficionado of college basketball history.

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If you follow college basketball, you recognize the name, the face, and the active courtside presence of Jim Boeheim, the energetic head coach who has been leading the Syracuse Orangemen since the mid-seventies. This veteran leader, one of just a small elite group to lead his team to the Final Four in four different decades, has kept fans thirsting for an autobiography covering his illustrious career. Bleeding Orange covers it all; the triumphs, including his 2003 NCAA championship; the near-misses; the rebuilding years; his experiences as an assistant coach at the Olympics and the FIFA Summer Games; and, of course, his battle with cancer.

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062316646
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 7,095
  • 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. In 2005, he was elected to the coaches wing of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2014–15 season will be his 39th as head coach of the Syracuse Orangemen. He lives in Fayetteville, New York, with his wife and three children.

Jack McCallum is the author of ten books, including the 2012 New York Times bestseller, Dream Team. In 2005, he was presented with the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in basketball writing. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with his wife.

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  • Posted December 6, 2014

    Basketball fan must read

    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.

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