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Mick Cronin on Boeheim's 800th Win

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim won his 800th game on Monday night.

 

Think about that for a second.  If a coach averages 20 wins a year, he would have to stick around for 40 years to get to 800.

 

It hasn't taken Boeheim nearly that long because he's averaged 24 wins a year.  This is his 34th season as a college head coach - all of them spent at his Alma mater - and his all-time record is 800-288.  He's captured one national championship and been to three Final Fours.

 

Boeheim is 64-years-old and has already been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, but has given no indication that he intends to retire any time soon.  Bob Knight's all-time record of 902 wins is not out of the question, although Mike Krzyzewski (833) and Jim Calhoun (805) could break it first.

 

The Syracuse Post-Standard had a reporter ask all of the Big East coaches for their reaction to Boeheim's milestone at Big East media day.  Here's what Mick Cronin had to say:

 

"I don't know about coaching 800 games, let alone winning 800 games," Mick said.  "It's amazing - a testament to what he's done there over the years.  Unbelievable.  It's mind-boggling.  I can't even begin to swallow it.  In this day and age, it's so dog-eat-dog.  You gotta win every year.  And coaches - we're all overpaid, so therefore we're all fired too quickly, we're scrutinized too much.  But it goes with the territory.  That's what happens when you get the dollars.  I don't know if you'll see a guy last as long as he's lasted at his institution.  I think that's sad because he's synonymous with his university.  And you see what happens when one guy gets to stay in one place for such a long period of time.  Not only does he impact winning, but he's been able to impact the university in different ways: Coaches vs. Cancer . . . being an ambassador for his university.  I'd love to have half of his run at my Alma mater."

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