Mike Hopkins (AP file photo)

Syracuse coach-in-waiting Hopkins takes Washington job

Published Mar 19, 2017 at 12:38pm

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has moved quickly in filling its basketball coaching vacancy, hiring longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins.

Washington announced the move today, four days after Lorenzo Romar was fired following 15 seasons at his alma mater and the Huskies' sixth straight season in missing the NCAA Tournament.

Hopkins is returning to the West Coast, having grown up in the Los Angeles area. He is also leaving the only school he's ever really known. Hopkins played at Syracuse from 1989-93 and returned to the staff there in 1996.

He was named the successor to Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim in June 2015, but jumped at the chance to coach in the Pac-12.

Hopkins had been linked the past few years to job openings at USC and Oregon State.