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Washington firing head coach Mike Hopkins at conclusion of the season

Ahead of the program’s move to the Big Ten, Washington is parting ways with head men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins. The release states that Hopkins, who has been at the helm since 2017, will continue to serve in his role through the remainder of the season.

“Mike has led the program with great integrity during his seven years at Washington, and remains a highly respected coach and one of the great gentlemen in the game,” AD Troy Dannen said in a statement. “Everyone at the university is grateful for his service, his commitment to the experience of our student-athletes and his leadership within the department. We wish Mike, Trisha and their children the very best in the future.”

The Huskies are 17-14 and concluded their regular season on Thursday by upsetting #18 Washington State, and ending their rival’s chances at a share of the Pac-12 title in the process. The Pac-12 Tournament is likely all that remains for Hopkins and company this year.

“As we transition to the Big Ten Conference this August, we do so with tremendous momentum, passionate fans and supporters, as well as a proud basketball tradition,” Dannen added. “I am confident we will identify a phenomenal leader for our men’s basketball program who will embrace our institution’s high expectations for academic, social and competitive success.”

The top name already making the rounds for this job is Danny Sprinkle, who led Utah State to a Mountain West title in his first year on the job after a successful tenure at alma mater Montana State.


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