Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Syracuse head coach-designate Mike Hopkins leaving for Washington

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Kristopher Love | 20 March, 2017, 00:23

Hopkins, 47, will replace Lorenzo Romar following his firing last week after 15 seasons with Washington. He was expected to replace Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim after next season, but it's become less clear in recent months that Boeheim is actually planning to retire - or that Syracuse will make him.

Hopkins played at Syracuse under Boeheim from 1989-1993, before returning to the Orange to serve as an assistant coach in 1996.

This is a developing story.

The University of Washington has found their new men's basketball coach. "Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle, and I can't wait to get started".

"I'm extremely excited to welcome Mike and his family to Seattle", UW athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement.

As reported by ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello, Mike Hopkins will take over as the 12th coach in the program's history. Hopkins' first job will be trying to salvage as much of that recruiting class as possible and persuading current Huskies' players to not transfer.

During Hopkins' tenure with Syracuse, the Orange appeared in two national championship games and won the 2003 title. Syracuse never dipped below a.550 record while Hopkins was on staff.

". I can't express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance".

There's also this rumor that Kim Anderson could be headed to DII Pitt State as head coach, which supports some things I'd heard he's not ready to be done coaching (and also wants some time away from Missouri).