Patrick Ewing Reportedly Being Considered for Georgetown Head Coaching Job

Patrick Ewing Reportedly Being Considered for Georgetown Head Coaching Job

Patrick Ewing Reportedly Being Considered for Georgetown Head Coaching Job

Ewing, like Chris Mullin at St. John's, would need to load up on high-caliber assistant coaches to help him bridge the gap from assisting in the National Basketball Association to head coaching at the college level.

If you're an old-school Big East fan, how much fun would St. John's vs. Georgetown be with two of the best college players in history manning the sideline?

Our focus now remains on supporting the student-athletes in our men's basketball program as we begin the process to identify a new coach who will lead us forward.

Georgetown isn't talking publicly about potential replacements, but there is at least one alumnus who comes up consistently in any discussion of the Hoyas, as well as a short list of coaches who are inevitably in the mix whenever there is an opening at a major program.

Ewing's obviously a huge name, especially in the Washington, D.C. area, and his coaching resume is improving by the year. The Hall of Fame center was a dominant force with the Georgetown Hoyas in college and a legendary star and leader for the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association.

Since that lone Final Four appearance a decade ago, the Hoyas had several missteps at the Big Dance, going 3-6 and never winning more than one game in any single bracket.

Ewing is an obvious candidate not only as an alumnus but also because he has been coaching in the National Basketball Association for the better part of the last 14 years. It's unclear if any candidates have emerged as front-runners for the position, which has been held either by a member of the Thompson family or Thompson Jr.'s staff since 1972.

Recruiting would obviously be a major question mark but Ewing has the playing and coaching pedigree to be a wild card in this.

Thompson was the coach of the Blue and Gray for 13 seasons, amassing an overall record of 278-151 with a Sweet 16 appearance, a Final Four appearance and eight overall NCAA tournament appearances. Since the 2007 Final Four run under Thompson, the program had been most notably known for its early NCAA tournament exits - to double-digit seeds.

Since the beginning of the new Big East in 2013-14, the Hoyas have had a 32-40 conference record and have missed the NCAA tournament in three of the last four seasons. Georgetown just finished up a second straight losing season too, which did not help build a case for a return for Thompson III. When Georgetown takes the court for the start of the 2017-18 season, that will no longer be the case.

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