Georgetown made the move many thought they wouldn't make, firing John Thompson III following a disappointing 2016-17 season on Thursday afternoon.
The Hoyas are still inquiring about potential candidates. But one former star currently enjoying life as a NBA associate head coach could be at the top of the program's list.
Patrick Ewing, who was coached by Thompson Jr., was a three-time All-American player and a 1984 NCAA champion is thought to be a top possible candidate for the now open head coach position, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
On Thursday, Wojnarowski reported that Ewing was very happy in his current position with the Charlotte Hornets. But as Wojnarowski points out, Ewing's son is currently 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 NBA.
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But the reason the job is open may be the reason Ewing doesn't take the job.
Ewing considers Thompson Jr. a second father. Ewing was also a fan of the team under John Thompson III’s leadership and even expressed grief over his dismissal. So, naturally this could seem like a stab in the back if he were to take the position.
Nothing is set in stone, but, Ewing really does seem like the ideal candidate.
If the Hoyas want to keep the head coaching position within the family — Ewing is the next best thing.
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WASHINGTON -- Jessie Govan had his third straight double-double, Marcus Derrickson had the third of his career and Georgetown remained unbeaten under former star Patrick Ewing with an 83-57 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday.
Kaleb Johnson scored a career-high 24 points for the Hoyas (3-0) on 9-of-13 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Govan had 23 points, making 10 of 15 shots, and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Derrickson had 14 points and 10 boards.
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With Johnson making his first three treys and going 7 of 9 from the field for 14 points, Georgetown raced to a 40-19 lead at the half. Derrickson and Govan had 3-point plays to help Georgetown open a 10-0 lead and the Hoyas had runs of nine and eight to lead 35-8 before the Hawks, who were 6 of 23 at that point, closed the half with an 11-5 run.
Miryne Thomas led the Hawks (1-2) with 16 points and Ahmad Frost had 14.
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Patrick Ewing gave his first public interview as new Georgetown Hoyas head coach on Wednesday morning, during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan's "Sports Junkies" (Which airs live on CSN Mid-Atlantic).
The Hoya legend and longtime NBA assistant coach touched on a wide variety of subjects with "The Junks" but nothing stood out more than this line about what he plans to do with the current staff, namely his son, Patrick Ewing Jr.
"I wish that could be the case," the Hoyas head coach said when asked if his son, former Georgetown forward and current Director of Basketball Operations, would stay on staff.
"They [Georgetown University] has a nepotism clause and unfortunately they stand by it."
It's an odd clause to have in place at any program.
But even more strange considering the university had employed John Thompson III, the son of iconic head coach John Thompson Jr. as head basketball coach for 13 years, up until his firing two weeks ago.
While Ewing did not clarify if the rule is new or not, it's hard to imagine the rule was in place during JTIII's tenure.
But with John Thompson Jr. still clearly lording over the program some 18 years after he retired, perhaps the program is hoping to protect their brand from something like this happening again.