Reports are coming fast and furious Thursday afternoon that Georgetown has parted ways with their head coach, John Thompson III. JTIII was the second longest tenured coach in the Big East with 13 seasons at the helm of the program his father, John Thompson II, brought to national prominence. Original reports were deemed “unconfirmed” by CasualHoya.com but that site later confirmed the news. For good measure, ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman also reported the firing. Plenty more on this as the story unfolds.
JTIII, who was making more than $3.6 million annually, went 278-151 in his 13 seasons at Georgetown. The Hoyas made 8 trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a 2006 Elite 8 appearance and a 2007 run to the Final Four. Georgetown also made 2 appearances in the NIT. Since the NCAA Tournament successes of the early years under JTIII, the Hoyas continued to exit early from the Big Dance. The last two seasons show a combined record of 29-36. Prior to taking over for Craig Esherick, Thompson III was the head coach at his alma mater, Princeton, for 4 seasons. His record as a head coach in 17 seasons is 346-193.
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Statement from Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia
March 23, 2017
It is with profound regret and deep appreciation that I informed John Thompson III this morning that the University will no longer be retaining his services as our Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
For thirteen years, he has been one of the elite coaches in college basketball. His performance as a coach has been exceptional, and he has served our community with remarkable distinction and integrity, sustaining our commitment to the academic performance of our students and providing them with the very best preparation for their lives beyond the Hilltop.
Our tradition of excellence as a University will forever be inextricably linked with John and his family.
We are committed to taking the necessary steps to strengthen our program and maintaining the highest levels of academic integrity and national competitiveness.
We will work immediately to begin a national search for a new Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
I remain deeply grateful to John for all that he has done on behalf of Georgetown University.
John Thompson III statement via agent David Falk following the news that he will no longer be Head Coach of Hoyas pic.twitter.com/tqnBhWI0aj— Jay Alter (@jaltersports) March 23, 2017
Unconfirmed reports that John Thompson III will NOT return as Georgetown's head coach next season. Working to verify...— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) March 23, 2017
Developing: John Thompson III Will Not Return as Head Coach of Georgetown https://t.co/vkoHH7ZQ2o pic.twitter.com/zTfv4BxMXW— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) March 23, 2017
Georgetown has parted ways with John Thompson III, sources told ESPN. https://t.co/w0OkCCVJQ6— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 23, 2017
Name I'm hearing most associated with the Georgetown opening is current Harvard coach Tommy Amaker.— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) March 23, 2017