Good News on Heels of Loss

With the Orange season officially over, questions will inevitably begin to rise again about whether or not Hopkins will eventually head elsewhere. Hear from the man himself what he thinks in his conversation with inside.

Mike Hopkins has been an assistant under Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim since 1995.

In his almost 20 years of service for the Syracuse program, Hopkins has shown his ability to both coach and recruit.

His talents have led to the question of why he has stayed with the Orange instead of rising up to the position of head coach elsewhere.

During Syracuse's 2012-13 campaign, Hopkins was linked with the USC Trojans men's basketball program as a potential candidate.

But Andy Enfield, who helped lead the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 as a 15-seed ultimately got the position.

Looking ahead at if another suitor could swoop in and eventually get Hopkins to say yes, the longtime Orange assistant provided his response.

When asked if he could ever see himself away from the Syracuse program, Hopkins responded, "For me, I've always dreamt of being a head coach. That's always been my passion, what I've wanted. But no, I could never see myself away from Syracuse."

"This is where I wanna be," Hopkins continued. "This is my dream job."

If Syracuse is his dream job, then why talk to other programs? Hopkins remarked, "I've always had the goal of being a head coach, and if people wanted to talk to me I'd talk, but that never meant that I would leave."

With a wound just opened as a result of falling short of the national championship game, the Orange faithful can sleep comfortably at least knowing that Hopkins does not appear to be going anywhere but back to Syracuse with the team.

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