Jim Boeheim achieved another milestone in his impressive career atSyracuse, and yet passing Bob Knight for second place all-time on the victory list almost seemed like an afterthought.
"I'm proud to be able to do that. I'm happy to get it done," Boeheim said after his seventh-ranked Orange had defeated Rutgers 78-53 on Wednesday night for his 903rd victory, one more than Knight among men's Division I coaches. "To me, this game is not about numbers, it really isn't. It's not about how many points you score or the assists you get. It's about all the people, all the people you meet on the way. It's been an unbelievable experience."
Boeheim, in his 37th season at his alma mater, trails only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who has 940 victories, and he was more touched by the phone calls and letters than anything else.
"I got a call from (former St. John's star) Chris Mullin, I think after 900," Boeheim said. "That call meant as much to me as anything because he's the best player, you could argue, who's played in this league. And I got a note from (Butler) coach Brad Stevens, which is interesting because I'm probably his biggest fan. He just thanked me for my contributions to the game.
"If a young coach thinks that way about me, then I'm really happy. That's what I'm really proud about."