SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim said in a press conference on Monday that he Mike Hopkins was like a son to him, and that he couldn’t be happier for him in his decision to take a head coach position at University of Washington.
Boeheim said he sincerely thought that Hopkins would take over as head coach and that he would be done by the end of next year.
“When Mike came to me at 3 o'clock on Saturday afternoon in tears, he said, ‘I got an unbelievable opportunity.’ I was happy because he was happy. Mike Hopkins is like a son to me. He was so happy with the opportunity to go to a great school on the west coast— at the same school where his father went to school— and I couldn’t be happier for him,” Boeheim said.
During the press conference, Boeheim said that he doesn’t know of any school that has a succession plan for head coach, but SU did because of Mike Hopkins.
He said he was 100 percent content with retiring at the end of next year.
“I thought it was a mistake to announce my impending retirement three years ago. I was overruled because I don’t run things here.”
Boeheim said the program wouldn’t be where it was today without Hopkins.
“Whoever follows me will have great success…I’m just in no hurry to leave,” Boeheim said.
The coach said he’s never been more excited about a season than he is for next year. During the 45 minutes news conference Boeheim and Athletic Director John Wildhack would not comment on the length of the Boeheim's contract.
Boeheim also discussed the recent news of sophomore forward Tyler Lydon potentially signing with an agent and going to the NBA Draft. He said this announcement wasn’t news to him and that he had discussed it with Lydon, but said it was a family decision.
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