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

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785177
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I really enjoyed this biography of Jim Boeheim. I really wanted this perspective before diving into his autobiography that was released this week. Overall, Scott Pitoniak did a fine job summing up Jim's life from childhood through 2010. Still, I was disappointed that the dedication of Jim Boeheim court was left out, as well as more details about the various seasons. Overall though, a great read. I'm now looking forward to reading Jim Boeheim's autobiography.
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By KLiz on January 11, 2013
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A must for any true Orange fan! I bought this for my husband, who bleeds orange, and he loved it. Very informative, and he said it made him feel like he knew Jim so much better. Great book!
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Boeheim is a Hall of Fame coach. This man is loyal to what he believes. His system is classic. He is a wizard at the game of basketball. I think he will retire at 1000 wins. I hope not. Forever Orange...
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