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Title:
Bleeding orange : fifty years of blind referees, screaming fans, beasts of the east, and Syracuse basketball
Author:
Boeheim, Jim.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014].
Physical Description:
ix, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780062316646
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Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

Jim Boeheim was educated at Syracuse University, where he was a walk-on with the basketball team. In 1976, he became the head coach of Syracuse University and has been coaching the Syracuse Orangemen ever since. He is the second-winningest coach in college basketball history. In 2005, he was elected to the coaches' wing of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic teams that won gold medals in 2008 and 2012. His first book, Bleeding Orange: Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse Basketball, was written with Jack McCallum and published in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

In collaboration with McCallum (Dream Team), Boeheim delivers an honest look into his life as one of college basketball's most notorious and successful coaches. Coming into his 39th year as the Syracuse University head coach, the author reminisces on his long sports career, from walking onto the Syracuse basketball team in 1962 to the disappointing end of the 2013-14 season, and the many changes college basketball has undergone throughout the years. In a conversational tone, Boeheim tells of the highs and lows of the Syracuse program, including building iconic players such as Carmelo Anthony, his noteworthy turbulent relationship with the press, and his experiences coaching for the U.S. national team. Along the lines of John Wooden's They Call Me Coach, Boeheim's title supplies valuable basketball advice and gives insight into his rationale for coaching decisions. Readers enthralled by Bud Poliquin's Tales from the Syracuse Orange's Locker Room will also appreciate this coach's perspective. VERDICT Filled with stories of basketball history from someone who lived it, this autobiography is highly recommended for sports fans, especially Syracuse supporters, and coaches interested in learning from one of the most triumphant. Katie McGaha, Simi Valley P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.