According to multiple reports, the University of Washington will hire Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as their new head basketball coach.
Hopkins will reportedly sign a six-year contract with Washington.
The signing comes as a bit of a shock as it was believed that Hopkins was being groomed to replace Jim Boeheim as the head coach at Syracuse. Hopkins had been a Syracuse assistant since 1995.
In 2015, the university gave Hopkins the title of head-coach designate; effectively stating that he will become Syracuse’s new head coach once Boeheim retires. Boeheim has stated he plans to retire from coaching following the 2017-18 season.
Hopkins served as interim head coach for Syracuse for nine games during the 2015-16 season while Boeheim was suspended by the NCAA.
First on Hopkins’s docket as the new Washington head coach will be to try and retain as many incoming players from the Huskies’s 3rd ranked recruiting class, including No. 1 overall ranked recruit Michael Porter Jr.