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Syracuse Basketball: Mike Hopkins Will Succeed Jim Boeheim As Head Coach After 2017-18 Season

Update: Syracuse has released a statement about Hopkins' designation as next head coach.

"For more than 25 years, Mike Hopkins has demonstrated the true meaning of Orange pride and loyalty," says Chancellor 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 Boeheim."

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"I'm honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity," says Hopkins. "Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater. I want to thank Chancellor Syverud, the Board of Trustees and Jim Boeheim for entrusting me with this great program. Coach Boeheim has created one of the most preeminent college basketball programs in the country, one that is committed to a standard of excellence and consistency."

Earlier: Mike Hopkins has been an assistant coach at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim since 1995, and has become one of the nation's top recruiters in that time. He has long been considered the heir apparent to the Orange head coaching job after Jim Boeheim retires, but has been connected with a number of head coaching vacancies in recent years, including the openings at USC and Boston College. With new athletic director Mark Coyle taking over at Syracuse, there have been questions about the future of the position. According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, a Syracuse alumnus, Hopkins will officially be named as Boeheim's successor soon.

This isn't exactly 'new' news, as Boeheim has wanted Hopkins to take over for years, but Syracuse's NCAA issues, and the announcement that Boeheim will retire in three years muddied the succession picture a bit. Syracuse fans will be pleased with this clarification, as Hopkins is immensely popular with the fan base.

Orange fans will get their first look as Hopkins as a head coach this season, when he takes over the team during Boeheim's nine game suspension at the beginning of ACC play.