Top 50 coaches: No. 12 Jim Boeheim

Editor's note: For five weeks, we are revealing the top 50 coaches in college basketball as decided by our ESPN Forecast panel. Today we unveil No. 12: Syracuse's Joe Boeheim. On Friday, we release No. 11.

This is not a legacy measure.

For all of the different ways our 45 ESPN Forecast college hoops panelists might have weighed their scores of the nation's top 50 -- and there are all sorts of ways individual emphases can come into play -- this was the defining criterion. These rankings were never meant to be about the aggregate work of a coach's lifetime. They are meant to cover current performance. It's a broadly limited term.

We've repeated that reminder as much as possible these last few weeks. Really, we can't stress it enough. And it's as important as ever now, as the countdown bears in on the top 10, and the names we so closely associate with tenure and legacy are revealed through this intentionally short-sighted prism.

Having said that: Is Jim Boeheim at No. 12 too low?

Given the lofty company, the panel is probably right. And No. 12 is hardly an insult.

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