In a surprising move, Syracuse has agreed to a contract extension with Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim.
Originally, Jim Boeheim was supposed to step down from his longtime post at Syracuse following the 2017-18 season. He would then turn over the reins to his assistant and former player Mike Hopkins, who was deemed the head-coach-in-waiting.
All of that changed when earlier today Hopkins agreed to become the head coach at Washington. Because of that decision, Syracuse elected to extend Boeheim’s contract beyond next season. Additionally, Adrian Autry has been named associated head coach.
The program announced the news moments ago.
“Mike accepting the position at Washington has put us in a unique position,” said John Wildhack, Syracuse Director of Athletics. “The circumstances are different now than they were when he was named head-coach-in-waiting.
“After discussing it with Chancellor Syverud, we believe the best decision for the student-athletes currently in the program and those who are committed to attending the University is to extend Coach Boeheim’s contract. Jim has enthusiastically agreed.
“Mike received a great opportunity and we thank him and wish him the best,” said Boeheim. “I’m happy to stay on to help the program and to continue the staff’s devotion to success.”
For recruiting purposes, this was the right (and possibly only) move for Syracuse to make. It helps the program’s stability and also makes it more likely ‘Cuse can keep things in the family for its next coaching hire. After all, current assistants and former SU point guards Autry and Gerry McNamara have been on staff since 2011-12.
Syracuse finished the 2016-17 season with a 19-15 overall record after a loss to Ole Miss in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Orange currently have a trio of three-star prospects in the fold in this year’s recruiting class.