Mike Hopkins officially named Syracuse’s head-coach designate

Mike Hopkins will eventually replace Jim Boeheim as head coach at Syracuse. (USATSI)
Mike Hopkins will eventually replace Jim Boeheim as head coach at Syracuse. (USATSI)

Mike Hopkins is now officially the coach-in-waiting at Syracuse.

School officials announced the development late Thursday afternoon.

“Mike Hopkins has demonstrated the true meaning of Orange pride and loyalty,” said Syracuse chancellor Kent Syverud. “He has contributed so much to the success of the Syracuse basketball program. I know Mike is ready to lead the program into the future and carry forward the success that has occurred under Coach [Jim] Boeheim.”

Hopkins has been an assistant at Syracuse since 1996 and long been considered the successor to Boeheim. But a lengthy NCAA investigation combined with changes involving the chancellor and athletic director recently brought Syracuse’s plans into question.

This should end that.

Boeheim is expected to retire following the 2017-18 season.

That means Hopkins should become Syracuse’s head coach in March or April of 2018.

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