Ron Rivera congratulates Patrick Ewing, Georgetown on NCAA Tournament berth

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Rivera congratulates Ewing, Georgetown on NCAA Tournament berth originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The friendship between Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera and Patrick Ewing began when both were coaching in the Charlotte area. Rivera was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers and Ewing was an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets.

The two have remained close over the years and now find themselves together once again in the DMV area. So as Ewing's Hoyas finished a remarkable run in the Big East Tournament that led to a spot in the NCAA Tournament, Rivera made sure to congratulate his friend.

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“Hey Coach Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas, congratulations on getting there to the NCAA Tournament. And also congratulations on winning the conference championship, that’s another big deal too and it’s all happening here in the DC area," Rivera said. "So wanted to make sure everybody knows we’re cheering for you, we’re pulling for you. Let’s go Hoyas.”

Ewing and Rivera are in similar situations with their current teams. Besides both coaching in the D.C. area, the two have been instrumental in turning around their respective programs and somewhat defying odds this season.

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Rivera -- in his first campaign with Washington -- didn't just change the culture but led Washington to a playoff appearance after a strong run to finish the regular season. Ewing has done the same, shaking off Georgetown's recent struggles to help his team put together one of the more impressive runs to the postseason in recent memory.

On Sunday, Ewing spoke about how honored he was to be compared to Rivera.

“Coach Rivera is a very good friend of mine so whenever you can equate both of us that’s a very good thing," Ewing said.

"It is great when your fans are talking about you in a positive way," Ewing said.

With Rivera and Ewing re-instilling winning in D.C., the sports area is in good hands.