Even though the Hoyas won 74-65 over Rutgers on Saturday January, 15,...
NCAA Basketball:Georgetown Coach John Thompson III On Heat Seat
Even though the Hoyas won 74-65 over Rutgers on Saturday January, 15, 2011 the team is once again underachieving under John Thompson III. 13-5 would be great at some universities, but it simply is not good enough at Georgetown. A 2-4 record in Big East play is not a good sign. The writing is on the wall that once again Georgetown will struggle and underachieve. The team is talented and should be ranked in the top ten nationally, but Coach Thompson III barely has this team ranked inside the top 25. While, Coach Thompson III’s tenure has included coaching the likes of Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe and DaJuan Summers all current NBA players; his legacy is generally producing teams that underachieve in the Big East. It can not be easy working under his father’s great shadow the great John Thompson, Jr., but that excuse is not good enough anymore as Coach Thompson III should be thriving much more in his sixth season with the program. At season’s end the hot seat for Coach Thompson III will be extremely warm and the program must move in a different direction. Coach Thompson’s III perfect replacement would be Craig Robinson from Oregon State University.
Craig Robinson and Recruiting
Craig Robinson has recruited back to back top 25 recruiting classes at Oregon State University. That never has happened at Oregon State University. While Thompson III has recruited fairly well, Robinson would do a better job. Robinson formerly was the head coach at Brown, which means he would understand how to recruit the Northeast target area effectively for Georgetown. Georgetown would get more recruits nationally under Robinson. Being President Obama’s brother in law would build an excitement around the Georgetown program that has never happened before. There is probably not a stronger recruiting pitch than telling a recruit if you attend Georgetown the President is going attend all your home games during your career. Georgetown should consider hiring Craig Robinson.
Under, Coach Thompson III, the Hoyas currently run a slow tempo Princeton style offense, which puts them at a disadvantage to make athletic plays througout the game because the offensive tempo is to slow. It simply does not mesh well with the talent on the team. Craig Robinson played at Princeton, so he knows how to effectively run that offense. But more importantly, Robinson would not run the Princeton offense at Georgetown because it does not best coincide with the strengths of current Georgetown players. In fact this season Robinson is allowing his current Oregon State team to run more. If Robinson comes to Georgetown, he will have the team run an uptempo offense to get easier baskets. The Big East is a tough conference and teams that can score on a consistent basis are going to win a lot of games. Georgetown would be more inclined to consistently win the Big East if they hired Coach Robinson and implemented an uptempo offense.
Georgetown’s last national championship was in the 1983-1984 season. It has been far to long. While Coach Thompson III’s efforts and intentions for the program have been great, the time has come to move in a different direction. Craig Robinson is the coach who can get Georgetown basketball back on top of NCAA basketball. At season’s end, the university must fire Coach Thompson III and hire Craig Robinson away from Oregon State University.