Guest Contributor: @Jambrones
Coaches earn their keep in crunch time, when split decisions can instantly put players in a position to win.
We are acutely aware of this in Buffalo, where the Bills go through coaches like tampons, in part, because of bad decisions at key points in ballgames.
Tonight, Jim Boeheim will likely pass Bob Knight in total wins as Syracuse plays Rutgers at home. Although this makes me want to throw up, I will acknowledge that Boeheim has done a fantastic job at Syracuse. He knows how the system works in college basketball and he's found success as a result. Boeheim is for the Orange what Buffalo wishes Lindy Ruff was for the Sabres. (Player---Coach---Champion). But, even while he surpasses Knight, let’s not forget that when Boeheim faced Knight head to head for the 1987 National Championship, the better coach, working with less naturally talented players, came through when it mattered.
I now give you the 26 seconds that show Bob Knight > Jim Boeheim.