A stable coaching staff in Syracuse could feature a change in the future. Heralded assistant Mike Hopkins interviewed for the opening at USC last week. The story was confirmed by head coach Jim Boeheim after practice on Monday. It is widely believed that Hopkins would be considered the leader to take over for Boeheim when he leaves the school.
Hopkins has been the lead recruiter for many of the team’s better players including Paul Harris and Scoop Jardine. He has been with the school since 1995 and has been a calming influence on the squad thru troubling times. Other names Hopkins has been involved with include Gerry McNamara, Allen Griffin and Jason Hart.
Coach Boeheim was asked on the “Upon Further Review” radio show on Tuesday night with Chris McManus and Steve Infanti about the possibility of Hopkins succeeding him and said “We’d like that to happen, it’s just a question of what he wants.. What I want is not important. It’s what coach Hopkins wants to do is that’s important.”
Hopkins has a lot of ties to the Southern California area being originally from the area. He went to Mater Dei High School and would be a shot in the arm that the Trojans need. They have been performing better as of late under Bob Cantu. The team fired Kevin O’Neill back in January when their season started out roughly.
Other schools have come calling for Hopkins in the past, but that went nowhere. It would be a big loss for Syracuse who needs all hands on deck for their move to the ACC. Hopkins is an important part of that staff and would be sorely missed even if he took the job and came back when Boeheim retired.