Patrick Ewing, Tommy Amaker Make The Most Sense For Georgetown

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN reported that Georgetown president John J. DeGioia informed John Thompson III on Thursday that he would no longer coach the Hoyas, officially ending the school's long association with the Thompson family, a pair of men who took the Jesuit school and built it into a national brand.

Now a 15-year veteran of the coaching scene, Ewing may finally be closing in on his first opportunity to take the reins as a head coach.

The university has since confirmed the dismissal with a statement. "We are committed to taking the necessary steps to strengthen our program and maintaining the highest levels of academic integrity and national competitiveness".

According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, who cited unidentified sources, "Georgetown officials plan to consider the head-coaching candidacy of the university's most legendary basketball alumnus, Patrick Ewing". "I remain deeply grateful for all that he has done on behalf of Georgetown University". In December 2014, Georgetown players wore "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts during warmups before a nationally televised game against Kansas, a decision supported by Thompson. Thompson thanked DeGioia, Athletic Director Lee Reed and "the fans of Georgetown for their tremendous support".




What had once been unimaginable - a Thompson being sent away from Georgetown - became a topic of conversation among the team's fans as the losses mounted. Ewing's experience with recruiting is limited to his own in the late 1970s, when he had been one of the most fiercely sought after prospects in modern college basketball history.

In 13 seasons as the program's head coach, Thompson III led Georgetown to the NCAA Tournament eight times, posting a 278-151 record in the process.

Thompson, known as "JT3", was Georgetown's head coach for 13 seasons, including a run to the Final Four in 2007 with future National Basketball Association players Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert on the roster.

The final straw for the Thompson era at Georgetown was the squad's inability to compete in the new Big East, as the Hoyas posted three losing conference records in four years since the breakup of the old Big East. But he went a combined 29-36 the past two years. That is, until four-star recruit Waters requested a release from his letter of intent after the season ended. He has been an exemplary leader for our men's basketball program and a great ambassador for our University.

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