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Bleeding Orange: Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse Basketball Hardcover – November 4, 2014
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From the Back Cover
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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
After reading the book, and how Boeheim explains how the coaching personalities of the original Big East teams contributed to the rise of the conference in the 1980's, I have to wonder if his tirade at Duke last year wasn't a DELIBERATE attempt to bring some fire into the rivalries to be created within the ACC.
I read a one star review that berated Boeheim, and I have to ask if the writer knows that this is a book review. Perhaps if he read the book, he would see that Boeheim addresses most, if not all of the guy's complaints. A real SU fan would remember the Big East battles of the 80's. None of those wins were easy. As far as outing Melo's grades, again, if he had read the book, the guy would know that the next two pages were nothing but praise about his unselfish play and personality. Heck, he praises Ewing, one of, if not the most despised of Syracuse foes.
I met Boeheim once in a store on Erie Blvd in the 90's. He was just there like any other Christmas shopper, looking for a bargain. Me, being star struck, and having been a fan since I was a very young child, I approached him, and just said, "Hi Coach." Maybe my bright eyed enthusiastic smile caught him on a bad day, but he was miserable. I'm not a basketball coach and will never pretend to know enough to talk X's and O's.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Better than anticipated. Boeheim opens up. And always enjoy Jack McCallum's writingPublished 14 days ago by jdex
If you are bleeding Orange, read this book. Very funny and interesting.Published 1 month ago by Mike D
If you have any local knowledge of Syracuse basketball this book is a must read. Easy to read, funny, and refreshingly honest.Published 6 months ago by Patrick Scharf
I really like the format of the book. Longtime fan of Boeheim (saw him play at SU) and the Orange but learned some things I never knew and relearned some others. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sidney Wesseldine