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.
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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