Report: Washington To Hire Syracuse’s Mike Hopkins As Head Basketball Coach

    Washington has reportedly tabbed Mike Hopkins to be its next head men's basketball coach. The Syracuse assistant will replace Lorenzo Romar.

    March 19, 2017

    Washington has reportedly tabbed Mike Hopkins to be its next head men’s basketball coach. The Syracuse assistant will replace Lorenzo Romar.


    Syracuse may not have its coach-in-waiting when Jim Boeheim walks away from the program after all.

    According to a report on Sunday morning, Washington will hire Mike Hopkins to be the school’s next head men’s basketball coach. An official announcement is expected to come later in the day, and the deal is reportedly for six years.

    Hopkins, who played for the Orange from 1989-1993, has been with the team as an assistant coach since the 1996 season, also serving as its interim head coach when Boeheim was sidelined. Boeheim is expected to call it a career after the 2017-18 college basketball season, and there had been speculation that Hopkins would take over because the school announced in 2015 that Hopkins had been named the men’s basketball head coach-designate.

    U-Dub recently fired longtime head coach Lorenzo Romar, who failed to take the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament since the 2010-11 season. Washington went 9-22 this season, so the plug was pulled on the Romar era despite him claiming Pac-12 coach of the year honors three times.

    It will be interesting to see how the ‘Cuse handles this situation, though it is possible that Boeheim will elect to continue his head-coaching duties past next season. He turns 73 years old in November and just finished his 41st year as the head coach at the New York school.

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