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Sunday / July 14.
  • Boeheim Wants Hopkins to Take Over Syracuse

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    headshot_1_HopkinsSyracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he will coach three more years before retiring — and he “fervently hopes” assistant coach Mike Hopkins will take over for him once he’s gone.

    “Chancellor Syverud will hire the next coach. It’s his decision,” Boeheim said at a press conference Thursday. “I believe Mike Hopkins will be a great coach, and I fervently hope that he is the coach here.”

    Hopkins, Boeheim’s longtime assistant, was designated as the heir apparent to the head coach in 2007. If Boeheim, 70, leaves after the 2017-18 season, Hopkins will have waited 11 years to take the job since he was designated the heir.

    Still, Boeheim said, the decision is up to the school’s chancellor.

    “Mike will have talks with the Chancellor, as I will. But this is the Chancellor’s decision,” Boeheim said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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