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College basketball coaching tracker 2024: Washington the fourth high-major opening; Hopkins out after 7 years

Matt Norlander’s frequently updated docket has the latest news on searches, firings and hirings across college hoops


Welcome to the 2024 CBS Sports men’s college basketball coaching carousel headquarters. Bookmark/favorite this story, as it will get updated dozens of times over the next month. Any time there is actionable intel on coaching movement, we’ll refresh our tracker below, in addition to frequently giving a fresh topper of copy to give you context on the latest from college basketball’s hot stove.

Friday afternoon brought a headline. After seven seasons, Washington informed Mike Hopkins he will be fired. The 54-year-old coach will continue with the program through the end of the season, the school announced. Hopkins won 118 games but never turned the school into anything close to a consistent top-25 outfit. In 2019, he made his lone NCAA Tournament appearance. 

It’s not a shocking development; sources earlier this week indicated Hopkins was on borrowed time. New Washington athletic director Troy Dannen has been working toward a move for weeks. The job will be a competitive opening due to Washington’s fertile recruiting territory in Seattle, in addition to an expected uptick in NIL support that will align with the school’s move to the Big Ten later this year.

Hopkins was a longtime assistant at Syracuse who made the cross-country jump in 2017 after Jim Boeheim’s previously scheduled retirement was put on a six-year delay. 

As for other carousel news, my latest Court Report notebook leads on a tour of all high-major jobs with the most speculation attached to them. 

Last week also saw action out of Indiana. Hoosiers athletic director Scott Dolson decided to stick with Mike Woodson, meaning he’ll return for Year 4. Woodson is 60-39 at IU and made the NCAAs in his first two seasons. A day after the news broke, five-star 2024 prospect Liam McNeely de-committed from the Hoosiers. 

Indiana isn’t flipping. Here are the jobs that will. Sunday pushed the cycle north of 20 changes, and we’ll be at 30 in the next couple of days. 

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