Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Georgetown fires John Thompson III after another losing year

Georgetown fires John Thompson III after another losing year

Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing reportedly will be considered to coach Georgetown.

Ewing famously played for John Thompson Jr., who coached Georgetown from 1972 to 1999.

I am honored to have been the Head Coach at Georgetown University for the past 13 years, where I had the privilege of coaching and mentoring outstanding student-athletes. Thompson III's last appearance in the tournament came in 2015, when they lost to Utah in the Round of 32.

The Washington D.C. native has quickly established himself as a potential young star in the coaching ranks but he also might be too inexperienced to take one of the Big East's prestige positions.

Ewing has always been open about his desire to be an National Basketball Association head coach. but he did tell Dan Patrick recently he would listen if Georgetown called about the head coaching job there. Ewing was emotional over Thompson's dismissal on Thursday, sources who spoke to him told The Vertical, and appeared to be immediately undecided about his desire to become involved in the Georgetown search process as a candidate.

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This wouldn't just be a Chris Mullin at St. John's type of scenario where Mullin had no coaching experience before taking the job. Ewing's son, Patrick Ewing Jr., was a member of Thompson's coaching staff. He has been in the mix for a National Basketball Association head-coaching gig in recent years but hasn't landed one.

If it wasn't for Thompson's ties with the program (his father Big John led the Hoyas to the National Championship in 1984), he might've been gone even sooner.

Thompson was the coach of the Blue and Gray for 13 seasons, amassing an overall record of 278-151 with a Sweet 16 appearance, a Final Four appearance and eight overall NCAA tournament appearances.

The move is sure to throw the annual NCAA coaching carousel into overdrive as prospective replacements attempt to gain some traction at the Big East program, located in the heart of one of the hot-bed hoops recruiting areas in the country. Since the 2007 Final Four run under Thompson, the program had been most notably known for its early NCAA tournament exits - to double-digit seeds. But now that Smart has at least four, four-star prospects entering Texas next season, while returning most of the current roster, he has a chance to build from this season's last-place finish.

Ewing has the coaching resume to be a viable candidate for any open job, but Georgetown would do well to break a cycle of coaches with close ties to the program.

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