Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There have been few surprises that have come out from the Georgetown Men’s Basketball program the past 3 seasons, today the firing of Head Coach Patrick Ewing, didn’t really surprise many of us, but the amount of time it took and the amount speculation if he was going to keep his job another season was more than surprising.
While most coaches would have been announced they were let go right after their final game, Ewing was still there after another abysmal loss to Villanova in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.
Many fans, media and even some NBA scouts we close with, said how can this guy still have a job after putting this program in the worst shape since the John Thompson era way back in the 80’s? Well, the University has spoken… No more Ewing, but it really needs to be no more Ronny Thompson, no more Lee Reed. They have contributed to the dismantling of the legendary program that was built. This is no longer as basketball school. Players have left in droves and already one player, Denver Anglin has announced his name is hitting the transfer portal.
Only two years ago, Ewing and the Hoyas beat Creighton in the Big East tournament final at the Garden and earned an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. It marked Georgetown’s first NCAA Tournament berth since the 2014-15 season. However, the Hoyas lost in the first round to Colorado.
“Patrick Ewing is the heart of Georgetown basketball. I am deeply grateful to Coach Ewing for his vision, his determination, and for all that he has enabled Georgetown to achieve,” Georgetown president John J. DeGioia said in the statement. “Over these past six years, he was tireless in his dedication to his team and the young men he coached and we will forever be grateful to Patrick for his courage and his leadership in our Georgetown community.”
So, the search is on. Who is the best fit? Rick Pitino? Ed Cooley? someone or anyone at this point please save the program before Georgetown, the Old Blue and Gray fades off into history. Stay tuned, for now this roller coaster has been taken out of service and will return at some point where the riders actually feel safe getting back on!