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Starting the Mike Hopkins Las Vegas experience

Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 2:28 pm
By Jeff Borzello

LAS VEGAS -- Right before I went to sleep at 2 a.m. on Thursday night, I received a call from Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins.

Hopkins had just landed in Vegas and was still waiting for his rental car. He said he was going to get back to the hotel and check his schedule to figure out what time to meet up Friday morning.

Now, considering Hopkins was still on Eastern time and would not get to his hotel until at least 2:30 a.m., I didn't expect to meet until at least 9 a.m. Color me surprised when I received a text in the wee hours: "Leaving hotel at 7:15."

Three hours of sleep, travel nightmares, driving around all day to remote gyms.

The life of an assistant coach on the road.

Similar to the way Gary Parrish followed Tom Izzo and Jeff Goodman trailed Ryan Marks, I will be riding shotgun with Hopkins all of Friday to see what life is like as a high-major assistant coach.

Keep checking back here for stories from the road, what it's like to be the head coach-in-waiting and more of Hopkins' perspectives on the life of an assistant coach.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 3:15 pm

Starting the Mike Hopkins Las Vegas experience

Mile Hopkins has worked successfully with many of the 'Cuse problem children (Jardine, Flynn, Harris and Deavendorf) the latter two until the master couldn't take it anymore, and had a high percentage of victories. Fab Melo may be a lost cause but  if anyone could fix him it is Bernie and Mike. I humbly believe they do not need him with two 7 footers coming back. Next head coach when the master decides he has had enough. Good luck Hop!!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 11:30 am

Starting the Mike Hopkins Las Vegas experience

Hopkins does an excellent job obviously but Carmelo was Troy Weaver's guy not Mike's. 

Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 9:12 pm

Starting the Mike Hopkins Las Vegas experience

he also recruited Gerry Mcnamara.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 6:44 pm

Starting the Mike Hopkins Las Vegas experience

That's why Syracuse gets such great players, because of Hopkins dedication on the recruiting trail.  That's also why Hopkins is going to be the next great Syracuse head coach, because he works so hard at identifying and developing talent.  His best choice was Carmelo Anthony, who was recruited as a sophomore and Syracuse was the first team to offer him.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:35 pm

Starting the Mike Hopkins Las Vegas experience

Boo hoo. Getting sick of the poor coaches working so hard stories. 

Try digging ditches in 115 degree weather and then lets talk. 

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