It’s pretty much already been confirmed that legendary basketball coach Jim Boeheim’s time is almost up. Syracuse announced that he would be retiring no later than the 2017-18 season following the NCAA’s handing down of punishments earlier this year.
Mike Hopkins will be taking over for Boeheim when he finally steps down in the next few years. According to College Basketball Talk, Boeheim was asked about his retirement that is just around the bend and he said that he just wants to take things one step at a time.
“I only go one year at a time. I look at this year and this might be the last year. You never know in coaching. I look at each year as a separate entity. Let’s put everything we’ve got into this year and get as much as we can accomplish done this year. That’s the way I’ve always coached. There’s been no difference between year 1, 10 and year 40.”
Boeheim took over the reigns at Syracuse in 1976 and he has been in that position ever since. In his Hall of Fame career, he has led the Orange to four Final Four appearances and a national championship in 2003.
Whatever happens over the next few seasons, it’s been a great run for Boeheim. There’s no doubt that he is going to be remembered as one of the all-time greats.
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