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Boeheim: 'I was 100 percent content' with retiring next year

Jim Boeheim says he was "100 percent content" with retiring after the 2017-2018 season and said any assertions to the contrary are "fiction."

Jim Boeheim says he was "100 percent content" with retiring after the 2017-2018 season and said any assertions to the contrary are "fiction."

The legendary Syracuse Men's Basketball coach also said he was "thrilled" that then-Associate Head Coach Mike Hopkins was in line to take his job.

Boeheim, and Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack, that was still the plan when Hopkins told them Saturday he intended to take a job on the west coast as head coach of the Washington Huskies.

"I was happy because he was happy," Boeheim said about his conversation with Hopkins on Saturday. "That was my only thought. Mike Hopkins is like a son to me."

Wildhack said he had no prior notification that discussions were underway between Hopkins or Washington University. Wildhack said he wanted to move quickly after hearing Hopkins was departing for Washington. Wildhack said he met with Boeheim to discuss the situation on Sunday. Later that night, the University announced a contract extension with Boeheim beyond the 2017-18 season and the promotion of Adrian Autry to Associate Head Coach, filling the role vacated by Hopkins.

Those moves were announced just hours after news broke of Hopkins taking a job as head coach of the Washington Huskies on the west coast.

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Looking ahead, Boeheim said he has never been more exited for a season than he is for the 2017-2018 season. For those who have been critical of the program after its failure to make the NCAA Tournament this year Boeheim said, "I'll remind you that in 2002 we went to the NIT [Tournament]. I think everybody knows what happened in 2003."

Syracuse University won its first and so far only national championship in men's basketball in 2003.

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