In 2015 the legendary Jim Boeheim said in a presser the 2016-17 season would be his last. The plan was Mike Hopkins, assistant to Boeheim for twenty-two years, would take over the head coaching spot when Boeheim retired. Well, just like Syracuse’s season this year, that didn’t go as planned. Mike Hopkins ended up taking the head coaching spot at Washington University.
This is both good and bad news. It’s great that one of the greatest to ever coach at the NCAA level is sticking around for another year but what about the future? Mike Hopkins was a great coach that connected with the players. He looked ready to fill the void that Boeheim would leave behind but he had other plans.
The future looked bright with Hopkins at the helm but now we have more questions than answers with Boeheim’s extension. Boeheim was forced to look for another assistant coach candidate and he landed Allen Griffin. Name sound familiar Syracuse fans? Griffin played under Boeheim from 1997-2001. Averaged 10 points and 6 assists, solid player. Griffin is the former Assistant coach for the Dayton Flyers, so he has some coaching experience along with the playing experience.
This Syracuse roster is very young and very talented so having the extra year with Boeheim could end up paying off. The efficient big man Taurean Thompson, prolific scorer Tyus Battle and redshirt Matthew Moyer are only freshman. Coach Boeheim did not want to leave a talented, young roster on such a sour note. He’ll will have one more crack it.
When the 2017-18 season comes to an end so will the reign of legend coach Boeheim. He leaves Allen Griffin, Adrian Autry, and Gerry McNamara behind him. Now it will be almost impossible for one of those coaches to touch Boeheim’s legacy at Syracuse, but Orange fans sure hope they can come close.