Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim signed an extension Sunday that will run beyond the 2017-18 campaign, just hours after coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins left to take the Washington job.

“Mike accepting the position at Washington has put us in a unique position,” Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said in a statement released by the school. “The circumstances are different now than they were when he was named head-coach-in-waiting.”

It was previously announced that Boeheim would coach through the 2017-18 season, but he had been noncommittal about it this past year. One of the reasons Hopkins left, sources told ESPN, was to relieve Boeheim of the pressure of having to retire. Hopkins had a contract that stated he was set to take over after the 2017-18 season.

“Mike received a great opportunity, and we thank him and wish him the best,” Boeheim said in the statement. “I’m happy to stay on to help the program and to continue the staff’s devotion to success.”

Boeheim has been the head coach at Syracuse for 41 years and has taken the Orange to the NCAA tourney 32 times. The Orange went to the NIT this postseason.

Syracuse also announced that Adrian Autry has been promoted to lead assistant.