Georgetown fires John Thompson III after 13 seasons

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But one former star now enjoying life as a NBA associate head coach could be at the top of the program's list.

The Hoyas fired longtime coach John Thompson III on Thursday.

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.

The Harvard head coach is from the D.C. area and is apparently the name that's buzzing around The Hilltop the most. Georgetown made six more NCAA appearances under Thompson and was never seeded lower than sixth, but each time, the Hoyas were dismissed in the first or second round.

As Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical pointed out on Thursday, Ewing has remained committed to being an National Basketball Association coach. This can be an elite program because of the passionate fan base, the opportunity to play in an National Basketball Association arena, the talent in Washington D.C. and the way the Big East is thriving despite realignment four years ago. Davis certainly deserves credit for his Division III coaching success and Final Four appearance with Randolph-Macon (Bo Ryan was pretty good in DIII before moving to Division I) but that's a long way from the Big East. Georgetown represents an unique opportunity for Ewing to rebuild his former program and his son, Patrick Ewing Jr., would potentially work for him.

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.

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"For thirteen years, he has been one of the elite coaches in college basketball".

If it wasn't for Thompson's ties with the program (his father Big John led the Hoyas to the National Championship in 1984), he might've been gone even sooner.

Thompson, who played at Princeton, coached at his alma mater for four years before being hired by Georgetown in 2004.

Shaka Smart, Texas - This isn't likely going to happen but Georgetown is at least going to call. But after a 14-18 season and ninth-place finish in the Big East, the underachievement took its toll for the 13-year head coach. Georgetown just finished up a second straight losing season too, which did not help build a case for a return for Thompson III.

Ewing has the coaching resume to be a viable candidate for any open job, but Georgetown would do well to break a cycle of coaches with close ties to the program.