There are a lot of Syracuse University basketball fans in Schenectady County, and over the years, Orangemen coach Jim Boeheim has taken a lot of heat from some of them. But he is a Hall of Fame coach, and I think one of the most successful and best mentors in the history of college basketball. Boeheim’s connection to the Orangemen basketball program goes back to the early 1960s, when he was a guard on the Syracuse team, and I competed against him at the old Manley Fieldhouse. His teammate on some of those teams was All-American Dave Bing, who later became an NBA great. Boeheim was a heady guard and very good floor general. He seemed destined to someday became a basketball coach. Boeheim was hired as the Orangemen head coach in 1976, and going into the 2012-2013 season, he has won nine Big East titles, five Big East Tournament championships, and his teams made three title game appearances. In these games Syracuse lost to Indiana in 1987 and Kentucky in 1996, before beating Kansas in 2003. The only active coach with more wins at the Division I level is Mike Krzyzewski of Duke.