Boeheim looks ahead without assistant beside him

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim heads into an offseason like no other in the past two decades - without assistant Mike Hopkins. Coming off a down year (19-15, 10-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) and without his top assistant to lend extra stability, Boeheim faces a challenging road ahead. Hopkins, who was in line to succeed his Hall of Fame mentor after next season, was hired Sunday as head coach at Washington. ''It'll be difficult,'' Boeheim said. ''I've known Mike since he was 16 years old. I would have liked Mike to take over here, but he's happy. That's what's important.'' Syracuse loses two key performers in fifth-year transfers Andrew White, the team's top scorer (18.5), and point guard John Gillon. Also departing are forward Tyler Roberson, who was relegated to a minor role during the season because of his inconsistent play, and center Dajuan Coleman, who played in only 17 games in the final year of his injury-plagued career. Up in the air is the future of star forward Tyler Lydon, who was recruited by Hop
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