It's official: Allen Griffin is coming back to Syracuse

Allen Griffin in an interview with NBC3 in 2014 (Niko Tamurian, file photo)

Syracuse University has made an official announcement naming former player Allen Griffin as an assistant coach for Orange Basketball.

Reports first surfaced on this Sunday from CBS' Jon Rothstein.

Our sources told us then that a deal was not yet official, and in the time since the University and Griffin hammered out a deal.

“We are fortunate to be able to add someone of Allen’s caliber to our program,” said Head Coach Jim Boeheim in a statement released by SU Athletics.

“In addition to the great familiarity he has with Syracuse basketball, he owns valuable experience gained coaching with other programs.”

Griffin played for the Orange from 1997-2001, a gritty point guard that is close friends with Adrian Autry.

In the SU press release Griffin is quoted as saying “I can’t express how excited I am to be back at Syracuse, “It was a real honor to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Coach Boeheim and I feel the same way about being a member of his staff.

“I love Syracuse. I’ve enjoyed the places and people I’ve worked with in the past but I’ve always hoped I’d get the opportunity to come back. It’s like home to me.”

Griffin has been an assistant coach at Dayton for the past five years, coaching against the Orange in the 2014 and 2016 NCAA Tournaments.

The timing, seems like it'd be perfect, with Dayton's Archie Miller taking the Indiana job and Syracuse having a rare opening.

Griffin was a captain for SU in his senior year of 2001, helping SU to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament averaging nearly 11 points per game.

Watch below our report on Griffin coaching against the Orange:

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