Report: Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins interviewed at USC

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Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins interviewed for the head coaching position at USC, the LA Times reported on Monday.

Hopkins grew up in Southern California and played high school basketball at Mater Dei. But the front runner for the position seems to be former USC basketball coach Tim Floyd.

Hopkins has been an assistant coach with the Orange since 1995 and has been the team’s top recruiter. He’s also interviewed for several positions, including St. Bonaventure and Charlotte.

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But Hopkins seems to have his eye set on the head coaching job at Syracuse. In 2007, Hopkins was named the head coach in waiting, and will reportedly move into the role once current head coach Jim Boeheim retires.

USC is currently 14-15 on the season, but holds a 9-7 record in the Pac 12. The program is looking to replace Kevin O’Neil, who was fired in January. The Trojans have made the NCAA tournament just once in the past four seasons.

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