The Huskies have found a men's basketball coach and will reportedly hire Mike Hopkins, who had been an assistant at Syracuse.
The move comes four days after Lorenzo Romar was sacked following 15 seasons at his alma mater and the Huskies' sixth straight season in missing the NCAA Tournament. He was expected to replace Boeheim, who turns 73 in November, when the veteran head coach retires after the 2017-18 season. Assuming these reports are confirmed by Washington, which Rothstein reports will happen later today, Syracuse will be searching for its future head coach elsewhere.
This is a developing story. Hopkins has had several head-coaching offers and was a finalist for the University of Southern California job that went to Andy Enfield in 2013.
The pressure will be on for Hopkins, but the Huskies fans are excited to have a new head coach.
"Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle", he added in his statement.
However, after a 9-22 season this year, Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen made a decision to part ways with Romar. Sources tell ESPN the deal is for six years. He was a part of 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2003 National Championship, four Final Fours, five Elite Eights and 10 Sweet 16s, plus four NIT berths.
According to his Syracuse bio, Hopkins was born in San Mateo, Calif. and enrolled in Syracuse in 1989.
". I can't express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance".
Hopkins is known for being heavily involved in recruiting and overseeing the development of Syracuse's guards.