But that's not even the worst thing. Following the Depaul loss, Blue Demon star guard Billy Garrett Jr. offered this damning assessment of the Hoyas: "We kind of sensed that they didn’t want to play that hard." That's not the first time an opponent has said something like that about Georgetown this year. Marquette's Jajuan Johnson said his team had "watched Georgetown on film and we saw that they were lazy on defense and didn't really want to guard."
Which brings me to John Thompson III, the coach of the Hoyas since 2004. Thompson, whose father, John Jr., built the Hoyas into a national powerhouse in the 1980s, is in the midst of a historically bad run. The Hoyas finished 15-17 last year, and, with the losses to Depaul and St. John's, they now stand at 14-15 this year with just two games left in the regular season. The last time Georgetown had consecutive losing seasons was in the 1970-1971 and 1971-1972 seasons. The coach was fired after the 1972 season and replaced by -- wait for it -- John Thompson Jr.
While the regular season losses are new, Thompson III has long struggled to return the program to its former glory. After a run to the Final Four in 2007, Thompson III has watched his often-highly-ranked teams implode in the NCAA Tournament. It has been a decade since Georgetown made the Sweet 16; the team has lost to the likes of Florida Gulf Coast, Ohio University and Davidson over that.
Thompson remained stoic in the face of calls for his job. “I know that myself, my staff, our guys are working hard, playing hard, and we’ll get this thing fixed," he said after the St. John's loss.
After a week like this one, you have to wonder whether Thompson III is the right person to fix things.
John Thompson, for going from icon to I'm-not-sure-what-he's-doing, you had the Worst Week in Washington. Congrats, or something.
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