Thousands of head coaches down, one to go.
With an easy 78-53 win over Rutgers on Wednesday night, head coach Jim Boeheim passed Bob Knight for second place on the all-time Division I wins list in men's college basketball (via ESPN Stats & Info):
In Syracuse's win over Rutgers, Jim Boeheim earns victory no. 903 and passes Bob Knight for 2nd place on the all-time D-I wins list.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 3, 2013
This one, much like many of Boeheim's other 902 wins, was never truly in doubt. The Scarlet Knights took a 20-18 lead with eight minutes left in the first half, but the Orange then rattled off 21 straight points to end the half at the Carrier Dome.
After Michael Carter-Williams drilled a three-pointer at the start of the second period to make the score 42-20, the lead was never cut below 20.
Senior Brandon Triche poured in 25 points on just 11 field-goal attempts, while C.J. Fair chipped in 15 and Carter-Williams added yet another double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.
It's been a long, marvelous career for Boeheim, whose every win has come with Syracuse, where he played from 1962 to 1966.
Where does Boeheim rank among college head coaches all-time?
During his time with the Orange, Boeheim, who has a career winning percentage of .747, has led stars such as Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Coleman, Rony Seikaly and Hakim Warrick.
And that's just a tiny fraction of the future stars who have spent time under Boeheim's tutelage.
Unfortunately for the historic head coach, the one man in front of him on the all-time men's wins list is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who earned his 940th win on Wednesday night and—much like Boeheim—could seemingly do this coaching thing for the rest of his life.