Why not coach Patrick Ewing versus Butler? Georgetown head coach sidelined for big Big East game
One of the Big East’s biggest shows will not have a coach for the next game. Georgetown announced Wednesday that Hoya coach and legend Patrick Ewing will not be coaching the team’s upcoming competition with Butler because Ewing is under COVID protocols.
Hoyas and Bulldogs are scheduled to meet on Thursday at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC Assistant Coach Louis Orr will guide Georgetown in Ewing’s absence as he looks to lead Hoyas to a conference record .500 and above .500 during the season.
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It was Georgetown’s first game in six days and only the second Big East game of the year as Hoyas had four conference games canceled in 14 days.
According to Big East’s Newly revised cancellation policy, the game will be forfeited if a team with less than seven scholarship players and one coach can count. At the time of cancellation, the game will attempt to be rescheduled, otherwise the game will be considered as no contest.
Patrick Ewing Record at Georgetown
Ewing took over his alma mater before the 2017-18 season, and Hoyas has been hovering right around the 0.500 mark ever since. The Basketball Hall of Famer competed in Georgetown from 1981-85 under legendary coach John Thompson Jr.
Ewing call the latter earlier this week when his team was strangled by Marquette after shooting only 29.9 percent from the floor, saying Thompson was “rolling in his grave.”
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So far this season, Georgetown is 6-6 in the off-season and 0-1 in the Big East, but it’s the second number that’s more concerning. In more than 4 years in charge, Ewing had a total score of 68-65, but only 26-45 in the match in the Big East.
However, Georgetown won last year’s Big East conference tournament to earn an automatic slot to the NCAA Tournament, only to lose in the first round. This was the team’s first and only NCAA Tournament landing under Ewing.
Patrick Ewing playing career at Georgetown
Ewing is one of the best players ever to match Thompson, winning award after award. During his four years with Hoyas, Ewing was the 1984 NCAA champion and was named national player of the year in 1985.
He is also a three-time All-American First Team and two-time Eastern Player of the Year and four-time all-season pick. Ewing was one of 26 players Thompson sponsored to qualify for the NBA and was one of eight players to advance in the first round.