In an email from Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, buried at the bottom was a major newsworthy note. Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years, according to Syverud.
”Coach Boeheim has also told me that he intends to retire as head coach in three years,” Syverud said in an email statement. “His goal in making this decision and announcement now is to bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years, and enable and plan for a successful longer-term transition in coaching leadership.
” Coach Boeheim’s commitment to ensuring that the men’s basketball program remains strong even after his tenure is just one more example of his deep loyalty to our University.”
Boeheim has been the head basketball coach for 39 seasons, starting in 1976. The announcement ensures he will exceed the 40-season mark. It also brings some clarity to the “coach in waiting” situation with Mike Hopkins. Now that Hopkins has a clear timeline to becoming the head coach, it seems more likely he remains with the program.