A new book on Jim Boeheim, Syracuse basketball comes out Nov. 6

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Jim Boeheim speaks to a referee during the first half of Syracuse's game. Mandatory Photo Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports.

Donald Staffo, author of Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Basketball: In the Zone calls in to talk about his book with host Wes Cheng. The Juice Online’s Brad Bierman then calls in to talk about Syracuse football’s disappointing loss to Pitt.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wesley Cheng: Take me through the process of how you put this book together.

Donald Staffo: I started writing this book in 2010. I was thinking at that time that Boeheim would be retiring in 2-3 years and I would have a manuscript ready to go when he retired. But of course, you know, he still hasn’t retired. He turns around and says he’s going to coach his son Buddy, so I wasn’t going to wait another 4-5 years. I’ve been writing the book off and on for eight years or so. Over that period of time, I’ve probably talked to 150 or more people. The bulk of the book is based on interviews with people that know Jim Boeheim the best. People from his hometown in Lyons. His former SU teammates. Others in the SU basketball family.

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Rundown:

1. Donald Staffo, author of Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Basketball: In the Zone calls in
2. Process behind writing the book
3. Favorite part of the book
4. Forward written by Dave Bing
5. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
6. Close loss at Pitt
7. What is the outlook for this team?
8. Closing thoughts and wrap up

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.