Report: Syracuse to name Hopkins as Boeheim's eventual successor

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May 16, 2007|By FROM WEB REPORTS

Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins officially will be named as Jim Boeheim's successor as men's basketball coach, ESPN.com reported.

There is no timetable for Hopkins to replace Boeheim, but Hopkins and the university have reached an agreement to put a succession plan in writing. The move has been in the works for months, but final details are being worked out in Hopkins' current contract.

Boeheim, 62, won the 2003 national title with Hopkins on his staff and Towson Catholic alum Carmelo Anthony on the court. Boeheim, who is currently the president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the leader of USA Basketball's junior national program, has no intention of retiring anytime soon.

But, like many longtime basketball coaches, he wants to have a say in who will be the next leader of the program he helped build.

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