Originally written on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 3/8/13

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange looks on against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic on November 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Syracuse.com The Mike Hopkins head coaching rumors annually swirl this time of year. As we creep toward the tournament, there’s always a major conference school searching for the next great young assistant. And sometimes the arrow lands on Hop. Understandably so. He’s learned under a Hall of Fame coach for decades. Hop has proven his worth on the recruiting trail. He’s approachable and charismatic. But he’s also ours. Follow The Fizz on Twitter for the latest Syracuse basketball news I graduated from SU in ’01, and while working at WAER radio as a student we ran a segment called “Mike Check.” Before every basketball game one of the play-by-play broadcasters did a five minute chat with Hop. Every game. For a student radio station. And he couldn’t have been more respectful of young, nerve-racked broadcasters. So I spoke to Hop a bunch. And I remember thinking, “Man, he’s been an assistant here for a long time. He’s gonna get antsy and leave for another job.”  That was 12 years ago. In
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