Syracuse, Jim Boeheim agree on contract extension after top assistant's departure

Buddy Boeheim also had discussion with coaches from North Carolina State, Georgetown, Penn State, Northwestern and George Washington.

Syracuse and Jim Boeheim agreed on a new contract Sunday that will lengthen his tenure beyond the 2017-18 season, the school announced.

In a curveball to theBoeheimsuccession plan,coach-in-waitingMike Hopkinswashired earlier in the dayto coach at Washington, so Syracuse needed to tie down Boeheim.

"Mike accepting the position at Washington has put us in a unique position," Syracuse athletic director John Wildhacksaid in a statement. "The circumstances are different now than they were when he was named head-coach-in-waiting."

Boeheim, 72, who has led Syracuse to 32 NCAA Tournaments during his 41 seasons as head coach, said he is "happy to stay on to help the program," which found itself in apotentially compromising position and needed to restorestability among recruits afterHopkins' sudden departure.

Boeheim wasinducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also named 2001 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year. He has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic teams that won gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and the World Cup in 2010 and 2014.

Syracuseis currently ranked outside the top 40 teams in the 2017 recruiting class by ESPN.

Despite missing the NCAA Tournament in 2017, Boeheim and the Orange will likely be tough to beat once again next season after making the Final Four in 2016.

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