The Washington basketball program has reportedly settled on its next head coach.
According to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN on Sunday morning, the Huskies are set to hire Syracuse Orange assistant coach Mike Hopkins to replace Lorenzo Romar.
The move comes as a big surprise.
Many around the college basketball world believed Hopkins, who was the Orange’s interim head coach in 2015-16, was in line to replace longtime coach Jim Boeheim at Syracuse when Boeheim ultimately calls it a career.
Hopkins has long been a part of the Orange basketball program for the entirety of his career. After playing for the unversity from 1989-1993, the proud Syracuse alum began coaching as an assistant for the Orange in 1996. He has been with the program ever since.
Now, Hopkins, a California native, has decided it’s time to move on as he moves across the country and closer to home to lead the Huskies.
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