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Washington tabs Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as new coach

Mike Hopkins at practice.

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington has moved quickly in filling its basketball coaching vacancy, hiring longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins.

Hopkins was named the successor to Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim in June 2015 but jumped at the chance to coach in the Pac-12. Hopkins had been linked in the past few years to job openings at USC and Oregon State.

The announcement comes four days after Lorenzo Romar was fired following 15 seasons at his alma mater. The Huskies haven't reached the NCAA Tournament since 2011.

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