Georgetown fans display ‘Fire JT3’ banner during Hoyas loss to St. John’s
Saturday resulted in another loss for Georgetown, its third straight. The Hoyas’ season is going nowhere fast, as they fell to St. John’s 86-80, dropping them to 14-15 on the season and 5-11 in the Big East. As the game got away from Georgetown, there were chants of “Fire Thompson” in reference of Georgetown head coach John Thompson III within the compounds of Madison Square Garden.
If the chants weren’t enough, a group of Hoyas fans made the request visual, holding up a banner reading “#FireJT3” pushing the movement to get Thompson removed.
— Did JT3 Get Fired? (@Fire_JT3) February 25, 2017
JT3 is the son of Georgetown legend John Thompson. The elder Thompson guided the program to three National Championship Game appearances, winning the national title in 1984 and four additional trips to the Elite Eight in 27 seasons as head coach. Thompson III followed in his father’s footsteps taking over as head coach six seasons after his father resigned.
Thompson III got off to a good start, leading the Hoyas to a Sweet 16 appearance in his second season and followed up with a trip to the Final Four the next season. But since then it’s been shortcoming after shortcoming. The Hoyas haven’t one more than one game in any given NCAA Tournament appearance since. His tenure has been marred by upset losses to mid-major programs like VCU, Florida Gulf Coast, and Davidson, which have resulted in early exits in the tournament.
— Rumble In The Garden (@rumbleSBN) February 25, 2017
Those mid-major losses have followed Thompson and the Hoyas into the regular season in recent years. When the Hoyas loss to Arkansas State at home earlier this season, “Fire Thompson” chants broke out. With every disappointing loss, the phrase has resurfaced with the chatter getting loud among Hoyas supporters.
Georgetown was picked to finish fourth in the Big East this season by the media. But the losses have amounted despite having a talented team with the likes of Rodney Pryor, L.J. Peak, and Jessie Govan. It appeared Georgetown’s season was on the verge of turning around as they upset top-25 teams Creighton and Butler in back-to-back games. However, the Hoyas are 2-5 since.
It’s hard to imagine the program dismissing Thompson III, as the name John Thompson is golden within the university. But it’s apparent Thompson III is no longer in the favor of supporters, judging from the “Fire JT3” movement. Barring a miracle run in the Big East tournament, Georgetown is in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, third in last four. It may be time that Hoyas’ athletic director Lee Reed to at least examine the situation.