With the search for the Georgetown men’s basketball team approaching five days, many names have been brandied about: From the grand – Shaka Smart, Mike Brey both who are no longer in the running, and Tommy Amaker and Johnny Dawkins who could – to guys that may not be household names but are talented – a list that includes Jamion Christian, Dan Hurley, Ken Johnson and others. (For a suggestion of what kind of coach should be pursued, click here).
One can’t forget National Basketball Association coaching veterans like Sidney Lowe and Pat Ewing. The last also happens to be the greatest player in G’Town history, so he marks the ‘alumni’ box also.
HoyaReport.com has been in the forefront of all coverage pertaining to G’Town’s coaching search, an effort led by Lee Reed, the schools’ Athletic Director, in addition to board member and former GU student-athlete and NFL Commissioner, Paul Tagliabue.
One name is popping up on message boards, a guy the Hoyas know well; Providence College head coach Ed Cooley.
The Friars have defeated Georgetown the last six times they met, seven of the past eight, a streak that started in 2014. It’s been quite a recent run Providence, who actually fell to G’Town eight consecutive times, beginning in 2006.
The ties are deep; in addition to institutional knowledge brought on by having played yearly since 1981, John Thompson, Jr. the architect of modern G’Town Basketball went to Providence, and according to Cooley has aided him as a mentor.
Cooley’s statement was made on ESPN’s McNabb and Custor podcast, yesterday. He was asked specifically about this alleged G’Town interest, noting among other things “I think you always talk to people that you love, talk to people that you are comfortable with. It doesn’t hurt to have a conversation. Having a conversation and actually doing something are two different type of things. You know what I mean?”
Does that’s mean as of Sunday, the Hoyas had actually reached out to him and he was considering joining the program?
Not exactly. For the relevant transcript, see Premium Court. Also there is a link to the McNabb and Custor podcast in question.
Having not had an open, public coach search since 1972 when Thompson, Jr took the program’s reins has created a boatload of interest and speculation about the replacement for Thompson III, the former’s son.
It’s a wild time on The Hilltop.