I would like to say congratulations to Syracuse Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim in getting win number 903 and having the second most wins for Division I NCAA Basketball. This is a record that has been in the making since Boeheim became head coach of Syracuse in 1977. In Boeheim’s first year the team went 26-4 and the rest has been history. Syracuse basketball has gone from obscure to a top NCAA Division I powerhouse. There are only two other coaches with over 900 wins, Bob Knight at 902 and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University who is currently at 927 wins.
Despite this achievement there are still those who question the record that Boeheim has achieved. There are some who say that this record is filled with cupcake teams that Syracuse plays for the first two months of the season. I think you can go and look at the Duke Blue Devils’ record and see the same pattern, which would be filled with lesser skilled teams for the first two months. For every Wagner College that Syracuse plays, there is a Florida Gulf Coast University that Duke plays. The point is with so many college coaches leaving programs in the dark of the night like a tenant stiffing their landlord, the ability to steer clear of major violations, while competing at the highest level in the Big East is incredible. I was lucky enough to see Boeheim’s work first-hand since 1986 and it has truly been remarkable that I have been able to literally talk trash about my team almost every year with real expectation and hope. When Coach Boeheim’s career is done, I can truly say the players and fans were always filled with expectations and hope, not only in basketball but in life.