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Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785177
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Pitoniak, a native of Rome, New York, and a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, has received more than 100 journalism awards. He has been named one of the top columnists in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors and is the author of 10 books, including The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Buffalo Bills.

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Since the time he was knee-high to a Louisville Slugger, Scott dreamed of succeeding Mickey Mantle in center field at Yankee Stadium. His inability to hit the fastball, the curve ball, the knuckle ball, the beach ball - you name it - put an end to those grand plans, so the Rome, N.Y. native opted instead to play write, as in W-R-I-T-E, field for various newspapers, magazines, books and web sites the past three-and-half decades.

After graduating magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1977, Scott eschewed grad and law school to begin work at several small dailies. He joined the Democrat and Chronicle in 1985 and spent five years covering the Buffalo Bills before being promoted to sports columnist - a position he held until leaving the newspaper in December 2008 to become a full-time author and freelancer.

Along the way, he has covered five Olympics - including last Summer's Beijing Games - eight Super Bowls, five World Series, the NBA All-Star Game and four major golf tournaments, as well as scores of Rochester Red Wings, Buffalo Bills, high school and SU games.

The most decorated sportswriter in Rochester newspaper history, Scott has received more than 100 national and regional journalism honors. His work, which often deals with the human side of sports, has been cited in the Best American Sportswriting anthology. Scott was inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 1999, SU's Newhouse School of Public Communications Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He also was selected as a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Scott is passionate about giving back to his community. Through the years, he has mentored hundreds of students, taught journalism at the college level and been heavily involved in charities and community service organizations. He is a past president of the Rochester Press-Radio Club Children's Charities, which has donated more than $2 million to local charities.

His varied interests include everything from playing 19th Century Base Ball at the Genesee Country Village and Museum to making a fool of himself as an aspiring thespian at GeVa's annual curtain call fundraiser.

His most cherished moments are spent with his wife - the former Beth Adams - his children, Amy and Christopher, and their energetic family cat, Sassy.

Somehow, he also has found time to author 15 books. His most recent title, "Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story," was published by Triumph Books last November. He has two more books scheduled for publication in 2012.

Scott currently writes a regular column for his website - - and does blogging and occasional on-air work for WROC-TV 8 in Rochester. He also is a regular contributor to various magazines and is working on two more books.

Scott is a frequent radio guest, locally and nationally, and is an accomplished public speaker.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Olaf on April 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of SU and also Boeheim. This is a nice, but fairly high level, recap of his early life and coaching career. I found that it lacked depth and insight, and was disappointed as a result. For example, there were no coverage of recruiting (except to mention that certain players were highly recruited), no discussion of his relationships with his coaching staff or how he administered the SU basketball program, no explanation for any coaching strategies he's developed or why he insists on always employing the 2-3 on defense, no mention of his relationship with his players, outside of a prominent few, or how he handled prominent off-the-court issues. Seemingly significant topics such as SU getting disciplined for NCAA violations get glossed over, as do some recaps of entire seasons. Most glaring is that there are almost no details of his personal life outside of how he met his second wife and his treatment for cancer; there's only a passing mention of his first wife, nothing about the birth of his children with his second, nothing about his relationships with his kids, almost nothing about he spends time away from the program. I could go on, but the bottom line is this: how can a I bio be complete when it's missing so much?

The book is approximately 250 pages, and it's not exactly densely spaced. I feel it could have easily been three times as long and it still wouldn't have had any filler. I'm not sure if I should place the blame with publisher for wanting to keep it short, or with the author for not writing something more comprehensive, or with the subject for not really being interested in having a book written about him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Elfin on February 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As someone who grew up as the son of a Syracuse alum and who went on myself to get a degree from Newhouse and to cover the Orange for The Post-Standard, I'm a very reliable source on SU hoops and Jim Boeheim. However, not only did I learn plenty I didn't know from Scott Pitoniak's excellent biography, he made me get choked up reading about Boeheim finally winning the big one. And anyone who knew me when I covered Boeheim would have said that we were more likely to choke each other than get all choked up over each other. In short, this is a must-read for Syracuse fans, and, frankly, for anyone who loves college basketball.
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