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  •   What Thompson's Old Foes Had to Say

    Mike Jarvis
    Mike Jarvis (AP)
    "It wasn't so much about what he did for D.C. but what he did for college basketball, particularly the impact that African-Americans have in the coaching fraternity. Certainly his success made it possible for coaches like myself, who otherwise wouldn't have gotten the opportunity."

    St. John's Coach Mike Jarvis

    "I started to hear things about it last night at Virginia, and I was in shock. I thought John had been very active with his recruiting and was really pumped up about next year. It's a big loss for the school and for the area, too. I think John and Lefty Driesell really had a lot to do with college basketball turning the corner in this area."

    Maryland Coach Gary Williams

    "Our fans would rather lose than any coach but John Thompson. They like John. It changed from where they hated him to where they respect him and love to see him come in the buidling. Last year they came in and the game meant nothing, and we had 31,000 people here because of John Thompson."

    Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim

    "He took over a program that had never had much prestige and built it up into a national power. He put Georgetown on the map. I think everybody in the East knew Georgetown was a great academic school, but I think everybody in the world knows it now. ... We had our differences over the years, but we're friends and always respected each other. I kind of hate to see him go."

    Georgia State Coach Lefty Driesell

    Georgetown President, Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan "called me ... and I told him, 'Look, I want you to look in the Bible, find some kind of passage in the Bible where you can feel justified in putting John under house arrest or something.' ... I think it's a great loss to young people who never really got a chance to know what this man has given to all of us."

    Temple Coach John Chaney

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