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.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Prologue February 1, 2014 1
Chapter 1 A Loner Arrives on Campus 9
Chapter 2 The "B&B" Show 19
A COACH'S NOTES I: 67 DAYS, 11 HOURS, 14 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 29
Chapter 3 My Spot on the Bench 35
Chapter 4 The Honeymoon's Over 45
A COACH'S NOTES II: 3 DAYS, 19 HOURS, 23 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 55
Chapter 5 When Orangemen Played at Manley 61
Chapter 6 Beasts of the East 69
A COACH'S NOTES III: ID DAYS, 5 HOURS, 12 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 79
Chapter 7 A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 85
Chapter 8 The Pearl at the Center of the Orange 99
A COACH'S NOTES IV: 4 DAYS, 4 HOURS, 13 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 111
Chapter 9 General Sherman 117
Chapter 10 The Enigma 125
A COACH'S NOTES V: 1 DAY, 21 HOURS, 9 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 139
Chapter 11 Blue Chips 147
Chapter 12 The Kentucky Connection 157
A COACH'S NOTES VI: 9 HOURS, 31 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 167
Chapter 13 The Last Loss of the Old Boeheim 171
Chapter 14 Eternal Rivals 183
Chapter 15 Melo, G-Mac and the Big One 195
A COACH'S NOTES VII: 3 DAYS, 8 HOURS, 17 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 211
Chapter 16 A Call from the Hall 215
Chapter 17 The Four-Day Show 225
Chapter 18 The Twilight Zone 235
A COACH'S NOTES VIII: 1 DAYS, 17 HOURS, 58 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 249
Chapter 19 The Bernie Fine Saga 261
Chapter 20 The End of the East 271
Chapter 21 One and Done 285
A COACH'S NOTES IX: 243 DAYS, 11 HOURS, 14 MINUTES UNTIL TIP-OFF 293