Nine Candidates for Georgetown's head coaching vacancy
Georgetown head coach candidates
On Thursday afternoon, John Thompson III was fired has head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas after 13 seasons at the helm.
Aside for the six seasons in which Craig Esherick took over for John Thompson Jr. after his retirement, the Hoyas' basketball program has been coached by a member of the Thompson family since 1972.
But that will change starting with he 2017-2018 season.
The question now is "Who will Georgetown hire to replace JTIII?"
There are several interesting candidates and a few other names that need to be included.
Patrick Ewing, Charlotte Hornets associate head coach
Let's start with the wildcard.
Ewing is the most iconic player in Georgetown's history and has over a decade of NBA coaching experience.
Plus, his son, Patrick Ewing Jr., is currently on the staff at Georgetown. But Ewing has been passed over for numerous head coaching jobs in the NBA.
He is always a top candidate, but never attractive enough to get the final vote. But with Georgetown, he doesn't need to self-promote.
But according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Ewing remains committed to the NBA. But if Georgetown hopes to revitalize "Big Man U.," they won't be able to do better than the man who started it all.
Tommy Amaker, Harvard head coach
Amaker, a former Duke player and standout high school guard at W.T. Woodson High School, is being strongly considered for the position, a source told CSN Mid-Atlantic on Thursday.
Amaker has been the head coach at Harvard since 2007 and elevated the Crimson program to new heights, leading them to four NCAA Tournaments and two spots in the Round of 32. Prior to Harvard, he had stops at Michigan and Seton Hall, a program Georgetown knows all too well.
Amaker was able to have success at Harvard because of the work he did on the recruiting trail, getting the best players who also met the Ivy League's rigorous academic standards.
While Georgetown is not Harvard, the university does value education in addition to academics and is looking for a coach to get elite basketball players and elite student-athletes.
Shaka Smart, Texas head coach
Shaka Smart just finished his second season as the head coach of Texas, a school with unlimited athletic resources.
While Smart fits the profile of a Georgetown coach better than a Texas coach, the Hoyas probably don't have the money to get him away from Austin even if Smart's first two seasons have been underwhelming. But it's a phone call you make if you're Georgetown.
Dan Hurley, Rhode Island head coach
The former Seton Hall guard, and son of legendary St. Anthony's High School coach Bob Hurley Sr., is fresh off leading the Rams to the Round of 32, where they lost to No. 4-seed Oregon.
Hurley is 87-73 in four seasons at Rhode Island and has been one of the most sought after young coaches in the country for over two years now.
Hurley can recruit the region and would provide the Hoyas with a heightened level of discipline and toughness.
According to Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News, Hurley is being considered by the program as a top candidate.
Richard Pitino, Minnesota head coach
The 2016-17 season was an important one for the son of legendary coach Rick Pitino.
After a dreadful 8-23 record in 2015-16, Pitino needed results in his fourth season. He got them, leading the Golden Gophers to a 13-3 non-conference record, a fourth place finish in the Big Ten and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The four years at Minnesota marks the longest tenure in his coaching career. Since 2004, he's held eight different jobs at seven different schools, including two stints on his father's staff at Louisville, a program that competed against Georgetown in the Big East. On top of that Pitino's younger brother attended Georgetown and the family has connections to the Georgetown University Hospital.
Tom Crean, former Indiana head coach
Tom Crean led Indiana to two Big Ten regular season championships and three Sweet Sixteen appearances in his nine seasons in Bloomington.
But regular season titles and Sweet Sixteen appearances don't cut it for Hoosier fans.
Prior to taking the Indiana job, Crean led Marquette to a Final Four appearance 2003, and was the head coach when the Golden Eagles made the transition from Conference-USA to the Big East.
Crean is constantly the brunt of online criticism, but he's a good coach and a very good recruiter. While it won't factor into Georgetown's decision, it should be noted that Crean's brother-in-law, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, lives just up the road in Baltimore.
Jamion Christian, Mount St. Mary's head coach
Georgetown may not be looking to give an up-and-coming coach on-the-job training.
But if the Hoyas don't get their top choice, 34-year-old Jamion Christian might be an interesting candidate. The former VCU assistant has led The Mount to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments and could provide the program with youthful exuberance.
But again, Georgetown needs to bounce back in a hurry, and Christian might not be the guy for the job.
Archie Miller, Dayton head coach
Archie Miller is on the fast track to almost any job in the country.
A first-round exit for the Flyers in the 2017 NCAA Tournament doesn't impact his stock as the hottest coaching candidate in the country.
He probably won't take the Georgetown job if offered, but if you work in an athletic department and you have a head coaching vacancy, you have to make the call. Let him turn you down. It doesn't matter.
You have to make the call.
Gregg Marshall, Wichita State head coach
After leading the Shockers to the 2013 Final Four, Marshall was in position to take any job he wanted.
Instead of bolting for Alabama or Tennessee after the 2015 season, he decided to stay in Wichita and make $3.3 million a year. Georgetown will not be able to match that.
A good chunk of Georgetown's basketball budget comes from Nike, which is connected to John Thompson Jr. If John Thompson III only made $2 million, it;s hard to see how they can find over $3.5 for Marshall.
But like Archie Miller, you have to make the call.