How premier is the head coaching job at Georgetown?
The university is about to find out, it appears. According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, the school is prepared to pay “big” money for their next head coach to replace John Thompson III.
FWIW, I’m told Georgetown is willing to pay big. Money will not be the reason anybody turns this job down. https://t.co/wFluwdooRM
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 28, 2017
Georgetown reached out to Texas coach Shaka Smart and Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. Both respectfully declined the interest, according to Parrish.
Both coaches have local ties. Smart coached Virginia Commonwealth, who is located just over 100 miles from Georgetown, to a Final Four in 2011. For years he may have been the most sought after mid-major coach. However, it appears the Hoyas are a couple of years too late in their pursuit for him.
Smart has just taken over a Texas Longhorns program that competes in highly profiled Big 12 Conference. Despite finishing last in the conference this season, things are looking up for the Longhorns. They are expected to bring in a Top-10 recruiting class that will feature four, four-star recruits according to ESPN.com.
Brey grew up near Georgetown in D.C. He also was a graduate of George Washington. According to Parrish, sources told CBS that Brey was intrigued about coming back home. But ultimately decided to stay put at South Bend, where the Fighting Irish has enjoyed relative success in the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning the league’s tournament in 2016, and reaching back-to-back Elite Eights in 2015-16.
Now the Hoyas search continues and could include just about anyone. Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley, Harvard’s Tommy Amaker and Georgetown legend Patrick Ewing, who is an assistant coach with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, are among those rumored to be candidates for the open position.
Despite be willing to offer a load of cash, it will be hard for the program to lure an established coach from his program. While Thompson III may be out of the picture, his father John Thompson Jr. is much involved in the program. Given his son was just shown the door, one cannot dismiss the possibility of candidates being concerned about his presence and influence within the program.
Money won’t be a factor in any declining the position, much like Smart and Brey. The Hoyas do play in a power conference, the Big East, that just put in seven NCAA tournament bids out of 10 teams. There is a lot of intrigue and promise to lead the program even with Big John’s presence. However, after hearing about the school aiming and missing high, who they settle for will be interesting to say the least.