Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse BasketballBook - 2014
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.