Washington Huskies coach Mike Hopkins discredited all rumors circulating that he’s a candidate for the Pittsburgh coaching job.
Hopkins address the media on Thursday in his end-of-year press conference and he told those in the room right away that he’s happy at Washington.
“Don’t believe what you read,” Hopkins said, per 247 Sports’ Kim Grinolds. “Every year you’re going to have ‘sources’. Three months ago I was involved with three different jobs. At the end of the day, me and my family are exceptionally happy here. I work for a great leader in Jen Cohen and I wanted to go someplace where we could build something special and be part of a great organization and surround yourself with great people and I think I’ve done that. Love it here, looking forward to building on what we did this year. I think we can make another major step forward.”
Hopkins did a fine job in his year year in Seattle. The first year Washington coach led the team to a 21-13 record, 12 more wins from a season ago. He won Pac-12 Coach of the Year and NABC District 20 Coach of the Year.
His quick success will spark interest elsewhere but it’s hard to see Hopkins move on after such a promising start at Washington.