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Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins begins 9-game stint against Georgetown on Saturday

Mike Hopkins will be Syracuse's head coach on Saturday vs. Georgetown.

Earlier today, the NCAA released a statement, which upheld coach Boeheim's nine-game suspension. Originally, the suspension was intended to take place during the ACC portion of Syracuse's schedule. It appears the NCAA has changed their mind, enforcing the suspension to be effective immediately.

Yes, that means assistant coach Mike Hopkins will begin his 9-game interim head coaching duties with a road matchup against Georgetown on Saturday. 

The nine games that coach Hopkins will be at the helm for are Georgetown, Colgate, St. John's, Cornell, Montana State, Texas Southern, Pittsburgh, Miami and Clemson. 

Coach Boeheim recruited Hopkins as a guard in 1989. He was a key factor in SU's 1992 Big East Championship, hitting two clutch free throws to defeat Connecticut. 'Hop' was named a captain his senior season, where he averaged 9.2 points per game.

The California native was named as an assistant coach at Syracuse in 1996. Since then, Hopkins has thrived on the recruiting trail and in player development. He has helped bring in premier talent to Syracuse year in, and year out and helped win the school's first National Championship in 2003.

In June, Syracuse University announced that he will succeed coach Boeheim after the 2017-18 season. His official title is Head Coach Designate. 

I don't expect much to change during these next nine games. It's still coach Boeheim's team, and Hopkins knows that. He'll continue to play zone and there will be minimal pressing. The only difference, in my opinion, could be the rotations. Will Dajuan Coleman play more than five minutes per game? Will Hopkins have a quick hook like his predecessor? 


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