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Syracuse's Jim Boeheim to coach past 2017-2018, receives contract extension

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Posted at 7:13 PM, Mar 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-19 19:13:14-04

A year ago, longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins was named "Coach in Waiting" and tabbed as the successor to coaching legend Jim Boeheim, who was planning on stepping down following the 2017-2018 season.

Hopkins was hired by Washington on Sunday, and Syracuse announced on twitter Boeheim received a contract extension.

In a statement, Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said Hopkins accepting the position with the Huskies put the school "in a unique situation."

"The Syracuse basketball program was built on the concept of family and that remains intact with Coach Boeheim agreeing to this contract extension," Wildhack said. "Having experienced assistant coaches like Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara on the staff helps us maintain the elite standing the program has earned."

Hopkins had been on the Orange's coaching staff since 1996, after playing for the school from 1989-1993.

You can read the school's full release here: Boeheim, SU Agree On Contract Extension