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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

by Jim Boeheim, Jack McCallum

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Overview

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.



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ISBN-13: 9780062316653
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 284,942
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

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

Afterword 305

Acknowledgments 313

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