John Wildhack

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Men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim and SU athletic director John Wildhack address the media in a press conference Monday, talking about the unexpected departure of assistant coach and head coach designate Mike Hopkins, who has been a part of Boeheim's staff for over 20 years. Hopkins took the head coaching job at the University of Washington on Sunday. The two speak of the future of the program, with Boeheim deciding to remain the coach of the team, but does not mention how long his contract will go.

Christian Unkenholz

  Syracuse University gave its new Athletic Director John Wildhack a big “welcome home” celebration today. Wildhack, an alumni of Syracuse University, says the decision to take the job was driven by a love for the University.

“It’s a big passion play. There is no question. The love that I have for this University is significant. The chance to come home, the chance to work with young people, and help young people develop, develop academically, develop athletically, and to work with a talented group of coaches, that excites me.”

Syracuse University

Syracuse University found its next Athletic Director by looking at alumni and into sports media. John Wildhack will leave ESPN as its Executive Vice President of Programming and Production to take the position. Rick Burton, Sport Management Professor at SU’s Falk College, was on the search committee. He says the move helps with the marketing and promoting the university and its athletics.