Jim Boeheim, the Complicated Fatalist, Wins No. 900 - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
There's one other bit of common wisdom that's been going around the college basketball world for the past two weeks, and that's the idea that Boeheim will never catch Krzyzewski on the all-time wins list. Coach K is currently 36 wins ahead, and he's three years younger. Neither man has shown any signs of pulling a Bobby Knight and losing their edge, so the definite advantage goes to Coach K. But Boeheim only needs two extra seasons to catch him, and consider his personality: wry, dour, curmudgeonly, fatalistic, cynical. What do we know about those types of people? They live forever! In the Krzyzewski-Boeheim horse race, my money's on Jim.
Say what you will about the content of Boeheim’s remarks. He’s heroic; he’s idiotic. What can’t be denied are the guts it takes for a high-profile sports figure to step out of a comfort zone that typically focuses on the finer points of the 2-3 zone defense. It would have been much easier to soak in the adulation of his moment, honor the victims with a word and a prayer and move on, avoiding the more highly charged subject of gun control.
if you’re going to paint Jim Boeheim as the Patron Saint of Upstate New York, be sure to spend a couple of brushstrokes highlighting just what he allows to go on in and around his program.
"I had a lot of cameras on me...I knew it would get your attention." He added: "I think everybody is a little too scared to go out on a limb. Sometimes I am little too outspoken, but I am old now.""
Boeheim's 900 wins may be the most amazing coaching job in college basketball. To be clear here: I don't mean the best coaching job. I mean the most amazing.
Included below is a timeline that has been painstakingly put together over the years chronicling the issues and arrests that have followed the Syracuse program:
I am so sick of hearing from the Cuse alumni about how great a coach this man is. Please look at how mediocre his non conference schedule is every year. They want to put him on a pedestal for winning 20 games every year. Not too hard to do when you already have 12 or 13 wins against inferior opponents before entering Big East play.
Boeheim has a 45-14 overall record against Seton Hall. His teams are 44-9 against Providence. And Syracuse is 40-32 against Connecticut and 40-20 against St. John’s in Boeheim’s tenure.
"I’m proud of him because he stuck with it," Bing said. "He’s proven that he’s one of the best coaches ever in college basketball to get 900 (wins)."
"I looked at the calendar and I wasn’t sure just how good this team was going to be," Bing said. "But once I saw that the University of Detroit was going to play here, I kind of circled it, just in case. I’ve got things to do in Detroit. I’ve got a couple of things on my plate. But I wouldn’t miss this for anything."
A look back at the historic night of Boeheim's 900th.
"Coach Boeheim is just a really kind of everyday guy, even though of course he’s not. He’s somebody that you can be around and just have normal conversations with. But at the same time, he gives us freedom to grow as a player. I’m definitely blessed to play for both good coaches. I’m thankful for that."
"There was a lot of pressure to win this game. And you never know," Juli Boeheim said. "Everybody was hyping it. And the paper was ‘One game to go.’ It was like a done deal for everybody. So I’m sure he was feeling that, even though we did not discuss it."
Jim Boeheim was featured live on ESPN’s SportsCenter today to talk about his 900th win as head coach of the Syracuse Orange. Unfortunately for Boeheim, he forgot to turn off his cell phone:
"We definitely were tested," SU forward James Southerland said. "We’re a young team. We had like a 20-point lead and it was slowly going away. In the last six minutes or so, they came (at us) and we didn’t know what to do at first."
What follows is a countdown of the 10 greatest games in Big East history. Yes, you can probably guess which game is No. 1. There are still plenty of thrills and surprises on the journey to that foregone conclusion: Controversial calls, hard fouls, coaching blunders, comebacks, upsets, dunks, buzzer beaters and, because it is the Big East, tons and tons of free throws:
The New Orleans Saints added two players to the practice squad Monday, signing safety Phillip Thomas and guard Wayne Tribue. The Saints filled the two open spots after signing safety Jerico Nelson, a Destrehan alum, and guard Ricky Henry off the practice squad leading up to last Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
Tonight’s Syracuse victory was the 900th for Jim Boeheim, but it didn’t come easy. This young Orange fan must have sensed that Detroit wasn’t going to go quietly.
Maybe Boeheim should be a proponent of phone control, too..