John Thompson III Exits as Georgetown Coach

Posted March 25, 2017

But as Wojnarowski points out, Ewing's son is now on the Georgetown staff and this position represents perhaps his best chance to get a head coaching job after being passed over many times in the National Basketball Association. Whether Thompson would support Ewing - or any candidate to replace his son is unclear - but most connected to Ewing doubt that Thompson would ever sabotage Ewing, who considers Thompson to be a second father.

Who do you want, Georgetown fans?

The Harvard head coach is from the D.C. area and is apparently the name that's buzzing around The Hilltop the most. Thompson was hired to be the head coach of the Hoyas in 2004 after four seasons at Princeton with a pair of Ivy League championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.

Georgetown, a member of the Big East Conference, has slipped into mediocrity in recent years.

The Hoyas had been awaiting the arrival of highly regarded recruit Tremont Waters next season, but the point guard reopened his recruitment process after recently decommitting from Georgetown amid uncertainty regarding the status of Thompson III.

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Georgetown fired John Thompson III this week after 13 seasons. His final team finished ninth in the 10-team Big East. In fact, Georgetown hasn't made the second weekend of the Big Dance since they made that Final Four run in '07 and lost to a double-digit seed in five of their last six postseason appearances. His affection for his players and dedication to Georgetown basketball were obvious and fierce, and that counts for something.

Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing reportedly will be considered to coach Georgetown. This can be an elite program because of the passionate fan base, the opportunity to play in an National Basketball Association arena, the talent in Washington D.C. and the way the Big East is thriving despite realignment four years ago. Add in the elder Ewing playing for the legendary John Thompson, and it could be a complicated situation.

He has previous experience coaching in the Big East and could be ready to return to a big-name program after spending a decade at Harvard.

While firing Thompson was a justifiable basketball decision that will hopefully reinvigorate the program, I'm glad he didn't have to see an on-campus protest. This was a bold move but the right one and now the Hoyas will have to build themselves up quickly again starting with a splash on the coaching carousel.