Washington hires Mike Hopkins as head coach


"The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class University, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support", Hopkins said.

That's former Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins who's been on Jim Boeheim's staff since 1996 and was expected to replace him as head coach. ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello reported the story on Sunday morning, reporting that the two sides are finalizing a six-year deal.

However, after a 9-22 season this year, Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen made a decision to part ways with Romar.

The famous 2-3 zone that Boeheim has made a focal point of Syracuse basketball may be coming to an end with Hopkins' departure.

Hopkins went 4-5 as Syracuse's interim coach during the 2015-2016 season while Boeheim served a nine-game suspension for his role in Syracuse's NCAA infractions.

Hopkins replaces Lorenzo Romar, who was sacked Wednesday after 15 seasons as UW's head coach.

According to his Syracuse bio, Hopkins was born in San Mateo, Calif. and enrolled in Syracuse in 1989. Hopkins' first job will be trying to salvage as much of that recruiting class as possible and persuading current Huskies' players to not transfer.

"For more than 25 years, Mike Hopkins has demonstrated the true meaning of Orange pride and loyalty", Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a press release at the time.

"He wants to build a legacy, felt like the opportunity was special at Washington, and also wanted to make sure he did right by his mentor and father figure, Jim Boeheim."