Patrick Ewing is making a homecoming to Georgetown as the Hoyas’ head basketball coach. Ewing was a star center at GU in the 1980s, and his son, Patrick Ewing Jr., played for the Hoyas during the 2000s, before a brief NBA career. He had been on the previous administration’s staff as the Hoyas’ director of basketball operations since 2015.
Here’s some news:
Patrick Ewing tells @JunksRadio that Georgetown has a nepotism clause and his son won't be allowed to stay on his staff— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) April 5, 2017
Ewing is replacing John Thompson III, who went 278-151 from 2004 until this year. Thompson got the job at Georgetown after four years (and two NCAA tournament bids) coaching at Princeton and had a decent run until some lean years at the end.
By what I imagine is a total and complete coincidence, Thompson’s father happens to be John Thompson Jr., the most successful head coach in the history of the school and the man who won the Hoyas their lone national championship.
If there is anything Georgetown’s basketball program is known for, it’s a long history of not giving jobs to people who are related to famous 1980s Georgetown basketball figures. Because Georgetown abhors nepotism and would not partake in it.