Washington is hiring the Syracuse assistant coach once declared Jim Boeheim's successor

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Well, that didn't take long.

Former Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar was sacked earlier this week after a stint with the program that started back in 2002. The deal will apparently be for six years.

The search is sure to take a while as this is a major decision for Syracuse's future, as not only do the Orange need a quality replacement, but this could impact recruiting for the near future. As such, it's possible this sequence of events had been in the works for some time.

Hopkins is a Syracuse graduate who has been an Orange assistant since 1995 and the so-called coach-in-waiting for several years.

It will be interesting to see how the 'Cuse handles this situation, though it is possible that Boeheim will elect to continue his head-coaching duties past next season. Hopkins was Syracuse's interim coach during the 2015-16 season while Boeheim was suspended for nine games.

"He wants to build a legacy, felt like the opportunity was special at Washington, and also wanted to make sure he did right by his mentor and father figure, Jim Boeheim". Fultz is leaving for the National Basketball Association, as he'll likely be a top two pick, so Hopkins is going to have some work to do to get Washington back on the map.

Two years ago, Boeheim said in a news conference that he planned to coach for three more seasons and, over the summer of 2015, Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud publicly stated that Hopkins would succeed Boeheim after the 2017-18 season. Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Are you on board with the move, or against it?

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