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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.

About 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062316648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062316646
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any fan of Syracuse basketball should read this book.
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My husband is very much looking forward to reading this book .
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Loved the book and the random insights and candor it provided.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill Goldenberg on November 4, 2014
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Jim Boeheim has been telling it like it is for 40 or so years and he continues to do so in this book. His unique perspective as perhaps one of the most, if not the most, loyal guys in sports, is not only entertaining but informative as well. The coach provides a very interesting look at not only his life as a player and coach at SU, but the his insights into sports, particularly college sports, the Olympics, education and teaching kids. If you're a fan of SU, a fan of college basketball, a fan of college sports, a fan of sports, or just a fan of a guy who, for all his life, has not only talked the talk but more importantly walked the walk you'll enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sin City Shooter on November 6, 2014
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To read the behind the scenes stories of games and seasons you have watched and digested with complete fervor is a real treat. Coach Boeheim has emotionally and effectively pulled back the curtain just enough to give the armchair coach/lunatic Syracuse fans a look at all of the blood, sweat, and fears (that one's for you, coach) that a top tier College basketball program endures from season to season. The Big East stories were riveting, and the comparison to the ACC 'Gentleman's Club' seemed spot on. I am Syracuse class of '82, and my wife and I have been die hard SU fans before we met, and ever since. We watch every game, and read every story if it involves the Orange. We BLEED Orange, and always will. We wish the Coach continued amazing success, and will shed more than a tear when his final game is coached. Syracuse will be in excellent hands if Hop is selected next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lost Girl on November 8, 2014
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I couldn't wait for Jim Boeheim to release this memoir. Finally, basketball in his own words. Jim is not only an amazing coach, but a former player and a man. who lives and breathes the sport. Coaches always say that every moment he is not coaching, Jim Boeheim is watching a game. He loves the sport, and it shows in this book. I loved reading his stories about his former players, the rivalry between SU and Georgetown, and the dedication of Jim Boeheim Court. The only thing I felt was left out were details pertaining to his personal life. Of course, this book was meant to be about basketball, but I still wish there were more personal details. I would have loved to have read more about his children, as well as his relationships with the other coaches. There were a few stories, but I wish that there were more. However, overall the book was a great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only sad part is knowing that retirement may be looming. Like so many fans, I don't want to think about Syracuse Basketball without Jim Boeheim...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry J. Frament on November 6, 2014
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Great book and great coach that Eric guy obviously doesn't know much about basketball and is probably an angry Georgetown or Villanova fan! Let's Go Orange!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuff Lover on November 8, 2014
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I've been watching SU hoops both in person and on the tube since 1970, the Dennis Duval years when Boeheim was Roy Danforth's plaid sportcoat-wearing assistant. If you are an SU fan, why not read this book? If you hate the idea of playing a 1-3-1 zone for 40 years or don't care for Boeheim's act, skip it. But of course, the McCallum's writing brings it all to life, in this case Boeheim did some very smart recruiting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Cafaro on November 29, 2014
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You don't have to be an Orange fan to enjoy this book. Boeheim's wit and insights into the game make it a good read. And if you're a BiG East fan, you'll enjoy the stories about the players and the coaches who carried the league through its heyday. And this is submitted by a Villanova alum!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SPB on December 2, 2014
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If you are an SU fan, the stories will bring back memories. It took me back to the Louie Bouie Show poster I hung in my room as a child.This isn't a chronological account of his life. It is more like a collection of essays and memories that every SU fan would enjoy. I wore Orange to the MCI Center once, and trust me, wearing a BoSox hat in Yankee Stadium doesn't even come close. The GTown Syracuse rivalry was as good as it gets in sports, and this book will take you back.

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.
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