Georgetown's coaching search continues only a week removed from releasing John Thompson III. With the pressure to succeed at the program higher than it has been in years and the oversight by John Thompson II on the team, many have felt that high-tier coaches would want to stay away from the Hoyas all together.
Mount St. Mary's coach, Jamion Christian, a candidate for the Georgetown head coaching position, recently spoke about the Georgetown program on an SB Nation radio show.
"Obviously I'm happy here at the Mount. I love it here. I love what we're getting a chance to do here but I think every coach in the country is really looking at that blueprint John Thompson [Jr.] set before us and trying to say 'can we create that where we are?' Can we create this environment where you love your players, they love you. You enhance them every single day. That's what Big John was able to do there and I thought JTIII really did a good job at doing that. That job represents so much more than just winning basketball games. It really represents opportunity for those who can really achieve great things."
If this is one NCAA coach's opinion of the program then perhaps the Hoyas could draw a big name coach. Christian, who just finished up his fifth season at Mount St. Mary's with two NCAA tournament appearances may also have been hinting that he is open to a move. Here is the full audio clip.
Since 1972, the Hoyas have always had a coach under Thompson II's tree, with a former player, Craig Esherick and his son as the team's coaches since he stepped down.
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.