The University of Washington announced the hiring Sunday of long-time Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as the school's men's basketball coach.
"I can't express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance", Hopkins said in a statement. It was expected Hopkins would take over the reigns at Syracuse after Jim Boeheim retires following the 2017-18 season.
The famous 2-3 zone that Boeheim has made a focal point of Syracuse basketball may be coming to an end with Hopkins' departure.
U-Dub recently fired longtime head coach Lorenzo Romar, who failed to take the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament since the 2010-11 season.
Syracuse Orange assistant coach Gerry McNamara and assistant coach Mike Hopkins look on prior to the game against the South Carolina State Bulldogs at the Carrier Dome.
What this means for Boeheim's his planned retirement date of 2018 remains to be seen, especially since he's already been cagey on whether or not he'll actually stick with that plan. "The timing is right for me and my family to make this move". He turns 73 years old in November and just finished his 41st year as the head coach at the NY school.
Washington doesn't have a storied basketball history like Syracuse.
Hopkins has been a candidate for head coaching jobs in the past. The program also had four Final Four appearances, advanced to the Elite Eight five times and made 10 trips to the Sweet 16.
However, after a 9-22 season this year, Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen chose to part ways with Romar.