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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim to retire in three years

Jim Boeheim

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Syracuse announced on Wednesday morning that head coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years. It’s an effort to create a feeling of stability around the program, easing the transition of power when Boeheim does step down.

“His goal in making this decision and announcement now is to bring certainty to the team and program in the coming years, and enable and plan for a successful, longer-term transition in coaching leadership,” Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement.

This announcement comes on the heels of a report that said Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross has parted ways with the university.

Boeheim has been with the school since 1962, when he was a player on the Orange team. He became an assistant coach in 1969 and has been the head coach since 1976, ushering the program into the Big East conference three years later.

Officially, Boeheim is 858-333 in those 38 seasons as head coach, but earlier this month he had 108 of his wins vacated due to violations that were committed in his program over the course of the last decade. Boeheim was also suspended for the first nine games of next year’s ACC season, and the program self-imposed a postseason ban for this season.

The odd part about this announcement? No mention of Mike Hopkins, who is the coach in waiting for Syracuse.