Former Bull — and CSN analyst — Kendall Gill called out another former Bull on Wednesday, taking to social media to blast Jay Williams for the latter's criticism of Georgetown's recent hiring of Patrick Ewing as its new head coach.
Williams, who works as a college basketball analyst on ESPN, questioned whether Ewing, a Georgetown legend who's spent the past 15 years as an assistant in the NBA, would be able to successfully make the transition to the rigors of coaching — and more importantly recruiting — at the college level.
"Look, I love Patrick Ewing," Williams said in a Facebook video. "I think Patrick Ewing is a great human being. But to make him the head coach of Georgetown, I think that's a major problem. When you're an assistant coach at the NBA level, you do not have to grind like a head coach does 24/7. Will Patrick Ewing be able to hit the ground running? You need to recruit in the game of college basketball in order to make your program not just good, not just decent, but great.
"You know, (how) is he going to learn how to recruit? Is he going to be willing to jump on a plane after they lose a game and sit down with a 14-, 15-, 16-year-old kid to tell him he's going to be the next great at Georgetown? Is he going to be able to rejuvenate a culture? Is he going to be able to sit down and find that needle in a haystack, to find out how to get the top recruit to his school?"
Here are Williams' full comments:
My Take On The Patrick Ewing Hire
Patrick Ewing taking over Georgetown is not the right move. Who would have been your pick?Posted by Jay Williams on Monday, April 3, 2017
Gill, an Illinois alum, didn't like that criticism, taking to Instagram to blast Williams for questioning the hiring Ewing, someone who has paid his dues at the NBA level but has never coached in college before.
Here's what Gill had to say on Instagram:
"Now you see why we don't look at this guy as part of our frat! He had a cup of coffee in the league and talks as if he were a 10-year vet. You don't talk about an all-time great like this! Patrick Ewing has paid his dues as an assistant in the NBA for many years. He deserves his opportunity. Especially at his alma mater, Georgetown. Even if this guy felt this way he should keep his mouth shut! You don't do that to a fraternity brother. We have a code! Obviously he never watched 'The Godfather!' 'Never tell anyone outside of the family what you're thinking!' Oops. I forgot. You're not part of the family! Show some respect dude!"
Gill joined the BullsTalk Podcast later Wednesday to further explain his comments. Hear what he had to say in the video above.