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Mike Hopkins New Candidate For the Pitt Basketball Job?

Mike Hopkins New Candidate For the Pitt Basketball Job?

For the first time in days, a new name is being mentioned as a possible candidate for the Pitt job.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported late on Wednesday that Washington head coach Mike Hopkins has surfaced as a candidate.

Hopkins just completed his first year as head coach at Washington (21-13) where was named the PAC-12 Coach of the Year. Hopkins signed a 6-year, $12.3 million deal with Washington and made $1.8 million this season.

Prior to Washington, the 48-year old was a long-time assistant (22 years) at Syracuse and was actually named the coach-in-waiting for when Jim Boeheim eventually retired.

According to the News Tribune (Washington), if Hopkins were to leave Washington after his first year, his buyout would be $2 million.

Hopkins has a strong reputation as a recruiter and has deep ties to programs in the Northeast.

If this report is accurate, Heather Lyke and Pitt are getting a Plan B ready in the event Danny Hurley rejects their contract offer. Sources tell PSN that the current contract offer to Hurley is for six years and worth $3.25 million per season.

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Flpole
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I think this would be a good hire screw Hurley.. I think he or his people drove the market up to squeeze more money out of PITT good coach but pretty shitty to release that info. Also if they get a guy like Hopkins put in his contract a high buyout and a stipulation he cant go to Syracuse for X amount of years.

RyanF
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Is he the coach in waiting at Cuse?

After what he did in Washington, he seems poised for the Pitt job. My take on his jumping to Cuse is “who cares?” If he does a great job and earns the promotion to Cuse (Can we just admit its a promotion?) that means the program is better than it is now and I’m sure we’ll have more money from the buy-out to really go after someone.

RyanF
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The only question I have is this, would having another zone guy in the ACC create diminishing returns on its effectiveness as teams put more time into prepping for it?

rob
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Same old guys. Why Does Pitt want to keep hiring old men.
And there is another issue, which I won’t bring up among the top candidates (Crean, Matta, Hurley, Hopkins, etc. You figure it out.

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BOB
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With the way Pittsburg treated their last 2 coaches Pittsburgh may not be a good move.

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