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Georgetown fires John Thompson III, source confirms

Georgetown fires John Thompson III, source confirms

John Thompson III is out as head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, a source close to the situation confirmed to CSN Mid-Atlantic Thursday afternoon. The news was first reported by Casual Hoya

Thompson, the son of iconic Hoya head coach John Thompson Jr., took the helm in 2004 and led the Hoyas to the 2007 NCAA Tournament Final Four, but the Hoyas had failed to make a Sweet Sixteen since then and missed out on the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four seasons.

The Hoyas finished the 2016-17 season with a 14-18 record and finished 5-13 in the Big East, good enough for ninth place.

It was the Hoyas' worst finish since the 2003-04 season, when Craig Esherick led the team to a 13-14 record and 4-12 in the Big East.

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JTIII had come under great scrutiny recently for the program's inability to advance past the first weekend in the NCAA Tournament. Coupled with an outdated offense and a slow decline on the recruiting trail, the 2016-17 season was a big one for the Hoyas. After beating USC Upstate in the season opener, the team blew a late lead against local rivals Maryland and then were defeated by Arkansas State at McDonough Gymnasium.

The Hoyas began the Big East schedule with four consecutive losses, but appeared to turn things around with consecutive wins over ranked Creighton and Butler teams. But the Hoyas finished the Big East regular season with six straight losses, including an embarrassing home loss to perennial Big East cellar dweller DePaul.

Before the season began, sources told CSN Mid-Atlantic that there were no plans to remove Thompson III as head coach as the program unveiled the brand new, $62 million John R. Thompson Jr. Athletic Center, named after his father. Even as the season took a turn for the disappointing, sources reiterated that the university did not intend to fire Thompson III before the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

However, a few days after the Hoyas' season came to a disappointing end, four-star point guard recruit Tremont Waters, the No. 33 recruit in the class of 2017, decommitted from the program and a week later, star forward L.J. Peak announced his intentions on entering the NBA Draft. 

Thompson finished his 13-year run with a 278-151 overall record, leading the Hoyas to three Big East regular season championships, one Big East Tournament championship and the 2007 Final Four. He guided the Hoyas to eight NCAA Tournaments, finishing with an 8-8 record in March Madness.

An interesting aspect of what the university does now stems from the presence of JTIII's father, who has remained a staple at practices, games and press conferences. Georgetown has a relationship with Nike because of "Big John," with the apparel company allocating funds for the Hoyas' head coaching salary.

But with Georgetown now looking for replacements for JTIII, and source told CSN Mid-Atlantic on Thursday that several coaches have inquired about just how big of a presence the elder Thompson will have. 

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Georgetown’s Dylan Nealis among local players selected in MLS Super Draft

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Georgetown’s Dylan Nealis among local players selected in MLS Super Draft

Thursday was a momentous day for many college soccer standouts particularly in the surrounding D.C. area. 

From UVa, to Georgetown, UMBC and James Madison, there were a few impressive standouts selected in the first and second rounds of the MLS Super Draft.

Here are some of the some players who were selected to new rosters:

Inter Miami CF selected Georgetown senior midfielder Dylan Nealis with the third overall pick. Nealis became the first senior in program history to pre-sign with the MLS after graduating from Georgetown in December.

Additionally, his teammate senior Achara was picked 25th overall by Toronto FC. Both seniors lead the Hoyas to their first ever NCAA Championship in a 3-3 double overtime win that resulted in the Hoyas dominating 7-6 in pentalty kicks. 

The Virginia Men’s soccer team has three players selected into the first two rounds of the draft for the first time in program history. Sophomore forward Daryl Dike, who scored ten goals this season including three in the College Cup and had eight assists, was selected 5th overall by Orlando City. 

His teammate, junior defenseman Henry Kessler was selected immediately after Dike at 6th overall by New England. Kessler had one goal this year.

Robin Afamefuna, UVa’s senior midfielder/defender was selected No.37 overall, in the second round by Colorado. This season Afamefuna has two goals and two assists. 

UMBC's senior defender Jon Bell was chosen by the San Jose Earthquakes as the 38th overall pick and the 12th of the second round.

From JMU, senior midfielder Manuel Ferriol was selected 40th overall by FC Dallas. Ferriol finished his JMU career appearing in 64 games, with 32 goals, tied for eighth on the Dukes all-time list. Ferriol even set a new single-season program record of 16 goals, 6 assists and a single-season record of 38 points. 

The third and fourth rounds will take place on January 13th. 

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Georgetown goes down to Providence without Mac McClung

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Georgetown goes down to Providence without Mac McClung

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Alpha Diallo tied his season-high with 20 points as Providence beat Georgetown 76-60 on Tuesday.

Luwane Pipkins had 14 points for Providence (8-6, 1-0 Big East Conference). A.J. Reeves added 13 points. David Duke had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the hosts.

Providence dominated the first half and led 54-23 at the break. Both teams set season lows for scoring during the game. The Friars' 22 points in the second half were the lowest of the season for the hosts, while the 23 points in the first half for the Hoyas marked the fewest of the season for the visitors.

Omer Yurtseven had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoyas (10-4, 0-1), whose six-game win streak ended with the loss. Terrell Allen added 10 points. Jahvon Blair had 10 points.

Providence takes on DePaul on the road on Saturday. Georgetown matches up against Seton Hall on the road on Friday.

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