University of Washington expected to hire Mike Hopkins

Nathan Hale head coach Brandon Roy right celebrates with PJ Fuller center Keegan Crosby left and the rest of the team after their victory

After fifteen years with the same head coach, you might has guessed it would take the University of Washington Huskies Athletics Department several weeks to fill the vacated head coaching position of the men's basketball team.

Hopkins, 47 and a California native, has worked under Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim since 1996, playing basketball for the school as a player. The 9-22 mark was the school's worst since 5-22 in the 1993-94 season.

"The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class University, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support", Hopkins said in the release. He turns 73 years old in November and just finished his 41st year as the head coach at the NY school. "Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle, and I can't wait to get started". Hopkins was named the "coach in waiting" in 2015. The season is over and the Orange are home watching the madness, but somewhere a head coach is planning his own madness for the Orange.

"I can't express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance", Hopkins said. He also has been in the conversation when openings have developed at Oregon State, Boston College, Charlotte and St. Bonaventure. He ultimately remained with Syracuse. The program hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since the 2010-11 season, and they haven't made it past the Sweet 16 since the 1952-53 season.

However, after a 9-22 season this year, Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen chose to part ways with Romar.

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