Originally written on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 12/18/12
There are two dynamics of last night’s milestone 900th victory by Jim Boeheim that perfectly capture his career. First, if Keith Smart’s baseline jumper rattles out, at this temporary historical intersection The Per’fesser and The General would have the same exact resumes. 901 wins apiece. Two national championships. Second, Boeheim used his post game platform to stump for gun control. Which was was just another example of him choosing purpose over popularity. On the topic of his resume, Boeheim is considered a tier below Bobby Knight, Coach K, Roy Williams, Adolf Rupp, Dean Smith, Jim Calhoun, and John Wooden. Sure, he’s in the basketball Hall of Fame. Everyone knows about his three Final Fours, and one national title. But the SU program, for all of its undeniable success, has often been haunted by tournament voodoo. Knight is viewed as an old school taskmaster, a throwback from a bygone era. He’s the hoops version of Woody Hayes or Bear Bryant, a disciplinarian who had startling s...
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