Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse Basketball
On Sale: November 4, 2014
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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,
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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