The CasualHoya reports that Georgetown and NBA legend Patrick Ewing — one of the most famous and ferocious college basketball players of all time — will interview for the head coaching position at his alma mater. Ewing, a basketball Hall of Fame member, is currently as assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets, owned by his pal, Dream Team teammate, and collegiate rival Michael Jordan. Hoya fans are having trouble remaining casual about the news. Ewing put Georgetown, the Big East, and arguably fledgling ESPN on his broad shoulders in the early 1980s, carrying them all to greatness and elite status.
Now that the rumor is out about the possibility of Ewing taking over, any other choice for the Hoyas job would start under a dark cloud called “Not Patrick Ewing.” Insiders therefore believe it is Ewing’s job to lose. Ewing would replace John Thompson III, the son of Ewing’s own Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr. Ewing appeared in three national championship games as a Hoya, winning one championship. A freshman named Michael Jordan, with a jumper from the left side, took another out of his clutches. No face or name is more representative of Georgetown basketball than Patrick Ewing’s. By choosing Ewing, Georgetown would be signalling an unmistakable desire to return to its glory days.