|Posted on March 19, 2017 at 7:10 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The news that Syracuse Orange men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim has been extended past the 2017-18 season should come as no surprise to you.
Mike Hopkins had waited for over two decades to take over as head coach of the Orange, so when he decided to instead have his first head-coaching post be with the Washington Huskies, the writing was truly on the wall.
Hopkins' departure left no question that the plan had changed with what Syracuse University intended to do with Boeheim.
Before the 2015-16 season, the university announced that Boeheim had an end date to his time at the helm of the Orange, sharing that the longest he could remain as head coach would be the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.
With Hopkins moving on from the waiting room for the Syracuse job, the road had changed.
The road that would lead to a rest stop for Boeheim and a pickup location for Hopkins ended up leading right back into Boeheim's driveway instead.
A coach with 41 seasons under his belt, all at Syracuse, will continue to be the face of the program for an indefinite amount of time once again.
Questions began to arise on the true future of Boeheim when former Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross was moved out of his position to make way for Mark Coyle because the plan for Boeheim to reside at Syracuse no further than the 2017-18 season came while Gross was still at his post as Director of Athletics.
Coyle, staying in Syracuse for less than a year, resulted in Syracuse University bringing in John Wildhack, meaning that the Director of Athletics had changed faces more than once since Boeheim's finale period had been written.
No one waits more than two decades for a job then leaves the year before they are finally about to receive everything that has been just a step away for years.
Boeheim has been the past, is the present, and now is the future.
More time is not something Hopkins seemed willing to give, and rightly so.
Now, Boeheim is back in his post, but he never really left.
Many have been skeptical on whether or not Boeheim would actually step down after the 2017-18 campaign.
That skepticism had merit, and the question has been answered.
Boeheim will be leading this program for as long as he intends to.
Anything is negiotable.