John Thompson III out as Georgetown's head basketball coach

John Thompson III out as Georgetown's head basketball coach

"Our tradition of excellence as a University will forever be inextricably linked with John and his family".

UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford said Thursday that Kelsey asked to be let out of his contract that was signed Tuesday, making clear that it was for "very personal" reasons.

Thompson, known as "JT3", was Georgetown's head coach for 13 seasons, including a run to the Final Four in 2007 with future National Basketball Association players Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert on the roster.

I want to thank John for his service to Georgetown over the last 13 years.

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. While respect ran high for the younger Thompson within Georgetown circles, it was Big John's presence that really has caused some hesitation. Ewing is a symbol of days gone by, which don't appear close to coming back, in the Hoyas' men's basketball program. After a 14-18 season and ninth-place finish in the Big East, the underachievement took its toll for the 13-year head coach. The petition received over 1,400 signatures from students and alumni.

Georgetown's best player, L.J. Peak, declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, while its top recruit, Tremont Waters, recently asked for a release from his National Letter of Intent.

As for where Georgetown will go from here, it's rather obvious that the Hoyas will have a multitude of choices.

Ewing's son, Patrick Jr., was an assistant on Thompson III's staff and Ewing himself had been a supporter of the now-fired coach. Ewing's experience with recruiting is limited to his own in the late 1970s when he had been one of the most fiercely sought after prospects in modern college basketball history. In December 2014, Georgetown players wore "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts during warmups before a nationally televised game against Kansas, a decision supported by Thompson. Georgetown has made the NCAA Tournament just once in its past four seasons when it lost in the Round of 32 to fifth-seeded Utah.

Readers, was Thompson's time up at Georgetown?

Other candidates who have been mentioned in the Georgetown search include Harvard coach Tommy Amaker and Texas coach Shaka Smart. Reports also surfaced stating that junior forward Trey Mourning was planning to transfer.

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