John Thompson III's 13-year run as head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team has come to an end. His father, the legendary John Thompson Jr., helmed the team from 1972 to 1999.
Georgetown University president John J. DeGiogia personally addressed the school's decision in a statement Thursday.
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"It is with profound regret and deep appreciation that I informed John Thompson III this morning that the University will no longer be retaining his services as our Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
For thirteen years, he has been one of the elite coaches in college basketball. His performance as a coach has been exceptional, and he has served our community with remarkable distinction and integrity, sustaining our commitment to the academic performance of our students and providing them with the very best preparation for their lives beyond the Hilltop.
Our tradition of excellence as a University will forever be inextricably linked with John and his family.
We are committed to taking the necessary steps to strengthen our program and maintaining the highest levels of academic integrity and national competitiveness.
We will work immediately to begin a national search for a new Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
I remain deeply grateful to John for all that he has done on behalf of Georgetown University."
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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.
Georgetown has hired former player and NBA Hall-of-Famer, Patrick Ewing, as the program's new head coach, a source confirmed to CSN Mid-Atlantic on Monday.
Ewing will replace the vacant position left by the firing of John Thompson III after 13 seasons at the helm.
Ewing was a primary candidate for the opening as soon as it became available, although the school also reached out to the likes of Texas' Shaka Smart, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Rhode Island's Danny Hurley.
The university hired a search firm to help zero in on candidates before ultimately settling with the program's most iconic player.
With the Hoyas, the 54-year-old was a three-time All-American that helped carry the program to their lone NCAA tournament title. Drafted by the New York Knicks, he is also an 11-time NBA All-Star and the 1986 Rookie of the Year.
He will be the 18th head coach in Georgetown's history, it will be Ewing's first head coaching job after four different jobs as an assistant in the NBA.
Ewing is already working on assembling a new staff, which is likely to include his son Patrick Ewing Jr., who was a part of the Hoyas' 2007 Final Four team and has served as the Hoyas' director of basketball operations since 2015.