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Tired Of Waiting

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Mike Hopkins

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball program has tried to have its cake and eat it as well. Since 1996, former Syracuse guard Mike Hopkins has been an assistant coach at his alma mater and he’s become one of the better basketball minds in the nation. And although that Jim Boeheim is entrenched as the head basketball coach at Syracuse, Hopkins has had his in hand in the dealings of the program. Hopkins has been Syracuse’s main recruiter which has led to the likes of C.J. Fair and Michael Carter-Williams joining the program. In 2007, Syracuse named Hopkins as the head coach in-waiting to one day replace Boeheim as a way to convince him to not leave Central New York. Hopkins has gone on to be a good soldier as he has helped Syracuse remain as one of the top basketball programs in the nation which included trips to the Final Four in 2013 and 2016. However things have changed recently for Hopkins, Boeheim, and the Orange.

On March 19, a bombshell was dropped in the college basketball world when Hopkins agreed to become the new head basketball coach of the Washington Huskies. The move by Hopkins came as a shocker since Boeheim was expected to retire in the next year or two. However Hopkins who is a West Coast guy as he is from Laguna Hills, California, now has an opportunity to run his own program in the Pac-12 Conference, while leaving Syracuse to pick up the pieces.

Hopkins’ departure is a huge blow for Syracuse as the school had it all mapped out for him to succeed Boeheim. And now with Hopkins at Washington, Syracuse and Boeheim worked out a contract extension past next season. However the departure of Hopkins still leaves a huge void recruiting wise as the Orange look to keep up in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After Syracuse finished second in their inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, they have not finished higher than eighth ever since. The Orange were on probation in 2015 which hurt them on the recruiting trail and the last thing that they can afford to do is fall further behind the likes of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils within the conference.

Syracuse found themselves in a very tough situation as typically when the head coach in-waiting tag is attached to an assistant, within a few years that person will take over the reigns. However in the case of Syracuse, they wanted to keep Hopkins, but it could have been a public relations nightmare had they forced Boeheim out of the door.

But now it is time to play the waiting game as we’ll have to see how things will work out for Hopkins with Washington, and if Boeheim does step down soon, would he come back to Central New York in order to assume the post that he was groomed for?

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What To Watch For In The 2016-2017 College Football Playoff

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Let the games begin.

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A Very Tough Task

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The College Football Playoff Committee had a very difficult job on their hands, but the right four teams are in the playoff.

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2016 Key Games For Week 14 In College Football

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All that stands in the way of the Alabama Crimson Tide getting back to the College Football Playoff is claiming the Southeastern Conference Title.

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2016 Key Games For Week 13 In College Football

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Put the women and children to bed when the Ohio Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines clash.

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2016 Key Games For Week 11 In College Football

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2016 Key Games For Week 9 In College Football

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2016 Key Games For Week 6 In College Football

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With his back against the world will Charlie Strong be able to lead the Texas Longhorns to a victory over the Oklahoma Sooners?

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We’re Back!!!!!!!!

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It’s been 25 years since the Washington Huskies were on top of the college football world. In 1991, the Huskies went 12-0 en route to claiming their second national title in school history. The Huskies would spend the rest of the 1990’s as a good team that was always in the hunt to win the Pac-10 Conference, but they were never able to replicate their success from earlier in the decade. In 2000, the Huskies once again won the Pac-10, and after they defeated the Purdue Boilermakers in the Rose Bowl, Washington would finish that campaign with a record of 11-1. But slowly things would go south for Washington and by 2008 the bottom would fall out as they went 0-12 for the first time in school history. Steve Sarkisian was then hired as Washington’s head football coach to resurrect the program and by 2010, he got them to a their first bowl game in eight years. But when Sarkisian decided to leave the Huskies in 2013 to become the head football coach of the USC Trojans, it appeared as if Washington was going to be right back at square one.

Washington would then make a big splash with their next hire as former Boise State Broncos head football coach Chris Petersen was brought in to replace Sarkisian. In eight years at Boise State, Peterson was 92-12 which included a pair of undefeated seasons, along with victories over storied programs such as the Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners.

Chris Petersen

In Peterson’s first two years at Washington, he was a combined 15-12 as he was able to get the Huskies to a bowl game in each year, but they still appeared to be an afterthought. However the 2016 college football season is shaping up to be totally different in the Pacific Northwest.

This year the Huskies have shown the dominance that is reminiscent of their title season in 1991. Washington won each of their three non-conference games by an average of nearly 40 points. And when Pac-12 Conference play began, Washington didn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Last Saturday the Huskies went on the road and defeated the Arizona Wildcats 35-28 in overtime as Tuscon is never an easy place to secure a road victory. And last night the Huskies welcomed the Stanford Cardinal to Seattle which was opportunity for them to show that they were for real. The Cardinal have won the Pac-12 Conference in five of the last six years and they have one of the best play makers in the nation in junior running back Christian McCaffrey who is in the running to win the Heisman Trophy.

But the Huskies jumped on the Cardinal as after the first quarter, the score was 13-0 in favor of Washington. By halftime the rout was on as Washington was up 23-0 as the Huskies defense was able to pin their ears back and come after Stanford senior quarterback Ryan Burns. The Huskies defense would limit McCaffrey to just 79 yards of total offense as they dominated Stanford 44-6 in front of a raucous crowd at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Now the Huskies who entered the contest ranked tenth in the Associated Press Poll are 5-0, can expect to move up after they steamrolled the Cardinal who were seventh. Washington is now just one victory away from being bowl eligible, but bigger things could be on the horizon for this program.

Washington has now knocked off the bullies of the Pac-12 North in Stanford, but Peterson and his crew must keep the momentum going. The Huskies still have road games against the Oregon Ducks, Utah Utes, and Washington State Cougars which will definitely test if Washington will be a national title contender, however Peterson’s young team has grown up in a hurry.

Jake Browning

Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning has picked up his play drastically from 2015 as he has already thrown 17 touchdown passes. Led by sophomore running back Myles Gaskin, the Huskies are averaging 5.3 yards on the ground and he is on pace for his second consecutive 1,000-yard campaign. Led by senior left guard Jake Eldrenkamp, Washington has returned four starters on the offensive line which is providing protection for one of the best offenses in the Pac-12. And defensively the Huskies can get after opponents with likes of linebackers Psalm Wooching and Joe Mathis who together have 8.5 of Washington’s 21 team sacks.┬áBut this Huskies resurgence should not be that much of a surprise with Petersen leading the way.

Many people didn’t expect Peterson to have continued success at Boise State when he took over for Dan Hawkins, but he did as the Broncos had four, top-10 finishes under him. And while at Boise State, Peterson consistently sent talent to the National Football League such as New York Jets offensive tackle Ryan Clady, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin. Now Petersen has been given more money along with better resources at Washington, and the sky is the limit as far as him making the Huskies a national power once more.

Washington is far from being on easy street as the Pac-12 is one of the toughest conferences in the nation. But the fast start by the Huskies is showing that they are a team that needs to be taken very seriously, while a berth in the College Football Playoff, or a trip to the Rose Bowl are now two viable destinations for their season to end at.

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2016 Key Games For Week 5 In College Football

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It’s desperation time for Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners.

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