Absolutely shocking. The Washington Huskies are set to sign Syracuse’s assistant coach Mike Hopkins according to Jon Rothstein at CBS Sports. Mike Hopkins, who played for the Orange from 1989-1993 and worked under Boeheim for 21 years is headed to Washington to become the university's head coach. Hopkins even served as an interim head coach during Boeheim’s suspension last season.
Hopkins will be replacing Lorenzo Romar, who was fired after Washington finished with an ugly 9-22 record this season. Romar was the head coach for the Huskies since 2002, and was relieved of his duties last week. In his 15 seasons as head coach, he led the Huskies to a 298-196 record (.603) and six NCAA tournament appearances.
Hopkins gives up future head coach role at SU
In 2015, it was announced that Hopkins was supposed to succeed Boeheim after the 2017-18 season. Mike Hopkins paid his dues but the timing did not work out behind the legend that is Jim Boeheim. Boeheim built a program based on consistency, longevity and continuity. Mike Hopkins was the ideal candidate to uphold that tradition but the pull for a head coaching role was too much to ignore. Now, without any coach in line to succeed Jim Boeheim, it’ll be interesting to see what Syracuse’s future holds. Perhaps, as rumours have suggested, Jim Boeheim isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Nobody was more deserving to take over as the head coach of Syracuse basketball than Mike Hopkins. Hopkins has been the catalyst for Syracuse’s recruiting success during his time, and will be missed in New York. For Mike’s sake, I hope he can help Washington find consistency in a tough PAC-12 Conference.
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