With Georgetown firing men’s basketball head coach John Thompson III on Thursday, effectively ending a family dynasty at the school, we believed it would be a good time to recirculate a story on John Thompson Jr. and his son, from when the younger Thompson was hired. This piece, by Jennifer Frey, a longtime Post reporter who died last year, feels particularly worth revisiting now. Here is her full story, titled “Like Father, Like Son: Can restoring Georgetown to the glory days of John Thompson Jr. be as easy as one, two, III?” It was first published in The Washington Post Magazine on Feb. 27, 2005: The father sits, alone and in darkness. His perch is in the back of a luxury box; the overhead
Outside Jerry Krause’s suburban Chicago home seven weeks ago, the snow blanketed the backyard and patio. Inside, Krause had been going for an hour and a half at the kitchen table now, an old scout telling the story of a lifetime chase. At 77 years old, his body crumbling because of an excruciating bone disease, Krause could see the end.
I was looking over the past 15 years worth of NCAA Tournaments, trying to see if I was ever as amped for any regional semifinal as I am for this UCLA-Kentucky matchup on Friday night. The answer is a definitive no. And there have been some really good matchups over the years. I’m talking only in terms of the build-up to those games, not how those games played out. Scanning across the past decade and a half, here are some of the matchups from previous years that I remember being particularly geeked for: Indiana-Duke in 2002; UCLA-Gonzaga in 2006; Syracuse-Butler and Kentucky-Cornell in 2010; Kentucky-Indiana in 2012; Michigan-Kansas in 2013; Kentucky-Louisville in 2014. None match my anticipation