Syracuse, Jim Boeheim Agree to Contract Extension

Syracuse will stay on as head coach of the Orange beyond the 2017-18 season.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse basketball and Jim Boeheim have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him on as the head coach beyond the 2017-18 season, SU Athletics announced on Sunday. The news come in the wake of assistant Mike Hopkins leaving the Orange to take the head coaching job at Washington. 

"Mike accepting the position at Washington has put us in a unique position," said John Wildhack, Syracuse Director of Athletics in a statement. "The circumstances are different now than they were when he was named head-coach-in-waiting. After discussing it with Chancellor Syverud, we believe the best decision for the student-athletes currently in the program and those who are committed to attending the University is to extend Coach Boeheim's contract. Jim has enthusiastically agreed."

Specifics as to the length of the extension were not made public, but the move brings stability to a program that seemed to lack it for the first time in over 40 years. 

"Mike received a great opportunity and we thank him and wish him the best," said Boeheim. "I'm happy to stay on to help the program and to continue the staff's devotion to success." 

In addition to extending Boeheim, assistant Adrian Autry was promoted to Associate Head Coach, a title previously held by Hopkins. Gerry McNamara will also remain on staff, putting to bed any concern about him following Hopkins out west. 

Syracuse just finished a 19-15 2016-17 campaign that saw them end their season in the second round of the NIT. 

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