Nov 13, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas head coach John Thompson III talks to an official during the first half of the game against the Wright State Raiders at Verizon Center. Georgetown Hoyas defeated Wright State Raiders 88-70. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Is John Thompson III on the hot seat?


The Georgetown Hoyas were one of the top teams in college basketball last year as they won a share of the Big East regular season championship and were one of the few teams to beat the eventual National Champion Louisville Cardinals in the process. But once the NCAA Tournament rolled around, the Hoyas suffered one of the worst upsets in the long traditioned history of the program.

They lost to No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast and were bounced from the tournament after having dreams of a berth in the Final Four, and that loss may have lingered into the offseason, as well as the 2013 college basketball season. It got worse today as Northeastern erased an 11-point halftime deficit and beat Georgetown 63-56 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday.

It looks like the Hoyas are headed for a lost season, and the question arises as to whether it should be the last for John Thompson III.

Here is his head coaching record sat GU form 2004-2013:

2004–2005 Georgetown 19–13 8–8 T–7th NIT Quarterfinals
2005–2006 Georgetown 23–10 10–6 T–4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2006–2007 Georgetown 30–7 13–3 1st NCAA Final Four
2007–2008 Georgetown 28–6 15–3 1st NCAA Second Round
2008–2009 Georgetown 16–15 7–11 11th NIT First Round
2009–2010 Georgetown 23–11 10–8 7th NCAA First Round
2010–2011 Georgetown 21–11 10–8 8th NCAA Second Round
2011–2012 Georgetown 24–8 12–6 T–4th NCAA Third Round
2012–2013 Georgetown 25–7 14–4 T–1st NCAA Second Round

After a hot-start which included a Sweet 16 and Final Four berth within his first three seasons, Thompsons’ teams have failed to make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament every year since.

By no means would it be fair to see Thomson fired if this season continues to spiral out of control, but in today college athletics, it’s a “win-now” business, and that kind of failure will lead to even a great coach like Thompson getting axed.


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