Multiple sources are reporting that Syracuse University assistant coach Mike Hopkins is in Boston today, which would be a fine place to be if Hopkins was planning on meeting with Boston College about its vacant men's basketball head coaching position.
The Globe's Michael Vega confirms the news:
Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins in Boston interviewing for BC job, sources confirm.— Michael Vega (@MBVEGA) March 29, 2014
The long-time Syracuse assistant has been on Boeheim's staff since 1995. Hopkins is known as one of the nation's top recruiters, plucking several players out of Boston College's backyard including incoming freshman Kaleb Joseph (Cushing Academy). The Laguna Hills, California native played at Syracuse from 1988-93 and spent time with the CBA's Rochester (Minn. Renegades) and on teams in Turkey and the Netherlands before returning to Syracuse in 1995.
Hopkins nearly took the USC job last offseason before Florida Gulf Coast's / Dunk City's Andy Enfield swooped in to land that gig. He signed with an agent in the offseason, declaring that Hopkins' next contract would be a head coaching one.
Earlier in the week, multiple sources reported that the school met with St. Bonaventure coach and Boston College alum Mark Schmidt.
Still lots of names in play and lots of rumors swirling regarding Boston College's opening. I don't think this is down to Schmidt / Hopkins, but with names finally being leaked, it would appear the school is making progress in filling its vacant men's basketball head coaching position.
Finally, a reminder not to believe everything that you read.