Bernie Fine Syracuse Orange Scandal's Orange County Connection: Mike Hopkins
His name is Mike Hopkins.
Amid growing calls for the head of Jim Boeheim, the head coach who just received a vote of confidence from his chancellor today, many believe it's time for Boeheim's assistant and hand-picked successor Hopkins to take over the winning program.
Hopkins, who is from Laguna Hills, played at Mater Dei High School, where he was a member of the 1987 California State basketball championship team. Recruited by Fine, Hopkins played at Syracuse U from 1989 to 1993. He later became an assistant coach to Boeheim.
Hopkins' ascension coupled with Fine's demotion would frost their relationship, which grew even more strained when Boeheim revealed the younger man should succeed him rather than Fine--despite the older man's associate head coach title.
Today, an advocate revealed a fourth Fine molestation victim may have come forward. But with Boeheim having softened his hardline stance against accusers somewhat (while continuing to maintain he's not going anywhere), Cantor revealed today she is standing behind him. Hopkins, the pride of Mater Dei, will apparently have to wait a bit longer to move up a courtside chair.