When was the last time the Syracuse Orange had a terrible basketball team? Coach Jim Boeheim just quietly goes about the business of winning, and yet he’s not nearly enough mentioned among one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. It’s easy to think about the Coach K’s and John Calipari’s of the world when you talk about college basketball coaches. It’s even easier to talk about Rick Pitino or any of the other new hot coaches like Brad Stevens and Mark Few.
The fact of the matter remains that while we easily get caught up in a coach’s popularity, the ultimate measure of anything great is productivity. While Coach Boeheim may not be stacking up championships at the rate of a Mike Krzyzewski, the longevity with which he’s won consistently is certainly something deserving of more attention. How often do we take great things for granted, only to realize what we actual had once it’s gone. Ask the University of Connecticut how life without Jim Calhoun is going. You watch UConn and it’s completely weird not seeing Coach Calhoun pace the sidelines.
But Jim Boeheim, currently second on the all-time list among the most winningest college basketball coaches, is certainly deserving of more praise. He’s currently undefeated at home and has an overall record of 18-2. He once again has Syracuse comfortably positioned to have a top 3 seed heading into the NCAA tournament, which should at least get the in the Sweet 16 if they execute.