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Jim Boeheim Continues To Thrive In A Demanding Business

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This column is not about a Syracuse win over Detroit in December, although the game against the non-conference opponent was a little too close for comfort for the Orange on Monday night.

After all, the Orange had to grind out a 72-68 win after Detroit nearly rallied for a stunning victory.

No, this is about Jim Boeheim, the legendary Syracuse head coach who has managed to thrive in the grueling and demanding business of  coaching at the Division I level.

Boeheim got to 900 wins on Monday, joning an elite club that also features Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. It’s even more special that he reached the milestone at his alma mater.

Getting to 900 wins doesn’t happen by accident. You have to be a phenomenal coach, you need good players and you have to be a little lucky.

“Those are two of the great coaches of all time, and I’m happy I’ve stayed around long enough to get to that point,” Boeheim said in a post-game television interview. “I’ve won 900 games because of the coaches I’ve had all these years, players like these guys who have done so much.”

Boeheim has guided the Orange  34 20-win seasons and has won 48 NCAA tournament games, including a national championship in 2003.

His track record speaks for itself.

The thing about Boeheim getting to 900 wins is that it’s an accomplishment we probably won’t see too often down the road, if ever again.

And even if by chance we do, it likely won’t be from a coach who has spent his entire career at one school.

Those days are history, but on Monday night, it was all about Boeheim making history.

Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association as well.

Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993 or send him an email at collegehoopswriter@hotmail.com.