Georgetown hires Patrick Ewing as men's basketball coach

Patrick Ewing

Come next season, when the focus has shifted to the fact that this still-celebrated program has failed to draw interest from any of its local talent and missed three of the past four NCAA tournaments, we'll see how the legacy choice works out.

Ewing played at Georgetown in the 1980s, earning All-America honors three times and helping the school to the 1984 national title. They went just 14-18 this year and finished in ninth place in the Big East, causing the administration to do the seemingly unthinkable and get rid of the son of their most famous coach, who still wields significant influence over the athletic department. It's nearly ridiculous that in a league that goes through coaches as quickly as the National Basketball Association does Ewing was never able to even get a shot as National Basketball Association head coach.

"Welcome home @GeorgetownHoops Coach Patrick Ewing!" the university posted on its Twitter feed on Monday after reports of the appointment had surfaced in USA media.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, "Patrick Ewing has a multi-year deal to become Georgetown's coach".

Ewing has been an National Basketball Association assistant coach since 2002-2003 and is now the associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets. He also interviewed for the head coaching job with the Sacramento Kings. Georgetown hasn't announced Ewing's hire but it sent out this teaser Monday on Twitter.

Back when Thompson III was still coach, radio host Dan Patrick asked Ewing whether he would consider taking on the role, The Washington Post notes.

Ewing coming home to Georgetown has a chance to rekindle enthusiasm in the program by reuniting one of the program's all-time greatest players with the program.

Before finishing the most recent 2016-2017 campaign with a 14-18 record, Georgetown finished the 2015-2016 season with a almost identical 15-18 overall record.

Despite his playing pedigree, Ewing's route to a head coaching job has been long.

Per Woj, the 54-year-old is well-prepared and already has plans to pursue some high-level college assistants.

The Big East Conference barely resembles what it once was. It is far from a guarantee it pays off, but for Ewing, it appears to be a flawless next step in his coaching career.

No player has done more for Georgetown than Ewing, and now the fate of the Hoyas is in his hands.

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