Georgetown Basketball: April 2006 News Archive
Former All-American Reggie Williams (C'87) has been named coach at Jericho Christian Academy in Landover, MD, reports the Washington Post.
"The goals are to do it the right way," said Williams. "The fifth-year seniors are not going to be allowed. They've got to be student-athletes."
Andy Katz of ESPN.com weighs in on this week's topic of a Mount Rushmore in college basketball. Katz's top four coaches of the ESPN era (1980-present) include Dean Smith, John Thompson, Bob Knight, and Mike Krzyzewski.
Tuesday's issue of The HOYA takes a look at three Georgetown alumni who are trustees of some of the nation's leading college athletics awards.
In basketball, the Naismith Awards are administered by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, where Dick Williams (C'65) has been an leader for many years. Williams, a journalist, author, and local television host, serves as an active member of the Georgetown alumni community in Atlanta and recently wrote an entry at the GUHoyas.com blog while attending the first two rounds of this season's NCAA tournament.
New York's Downtown Athletic Club has awarded the prestigious Heisman Trophy since 1935, and continues to do so thanks to the efforts of Jim Corcoran (B'82). Corcoran was a football all-American at Georgetown who was also a walk-on with GU's 1981-82 Final Four basketball team. Corcoran became the DAC's president in 2001 and led the awards forward through the difficult days after Sept. 11, 2001, when its historic Manhattan building was closed following damage and severe financial difficulties suffered by the club.
In lacrosse, the development of the Tewaaraton Award is a direct result of the efforts of Peter Farrell (C'82), a former captain of the Georgetown lacrosse team. Farrell was a co-founder of the award, which annually recognizes the best in men's and women's college lacrosse.
“It’s part of the element of service in the Jesuit mantra that permeates a lot of the alumni,” said Farrell, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and a former president of Hoyas Unlimited. “Sports gave so much to all of us, so it’s almost a natural extension that here we are giving back to these various sports.”
During the off-season ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb has posted an online article on a fictional "Mount Rushmore" of his four all-time college basketball stars. Gottlieb's monument would include: Ralph Sampson, Larry Johnson, Wayman Tisdale, and Georgetown's Patrick Ewing (C'85).
After a year on the NASCAR tour, former basketball walk-on Brendan Gaughan (B'97) returned to truck racing in 2005, and is working to reestablish his presence at that level. Gaughan sat down with Auto Racing Daily to discuss his thoughts on the truck series and his days playing football and basketball at Georgetown.
Following a season where he scored a career low 2.6 points per game, the Houston Chronicle is asking what the future holds for former NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo (SLL '91).
Mutombo has one year remaining on his contract but Rockets officials aren't making any guarantees. "Has Father Time totally caught up to him?" said coach Jeff Van Gundy. "Dikembe has definitely slowed down from last year to this year and whether he can turn back the clock remains to be seen."
"It would be good when the [Kinshasa] hospital opens to still be playing next year," Mutombo said. "It would keep the story out there. Everyone will talk about it. If I walk away from the game, it takes the level of attention down. If I'm playing, it keeps the donations flowing. That motivates me."
Pre-season tournaments and an increase in the number of regular season games could be in the mix as early as next season following an NCAA committee ruling .
As reported from the Associated Press, the NCAA Division I Management Council has recommended starting the season one week earlier, with games beginning on the second Friday of November. Teams not playing a pre-season tournament would be able to play 29 games, up from 27.
Also recommended to be eliminated: the "two in four" rule, which restricted teams from playing no more than two pre-season tournaments in any four year period.
New officers for the 2006-07 academic year were named for Hoya Blue in a press release. Congratulations to president Kurt Muhlbauer, vice president Michael Segner, treasurer Ray Borgone, personnel officer Nick Sementelli, communications officer Matt Kamenski, events officer Bridget Geraghty, and promotions officer Liz Buckel.
A total of 66 Georgetown students were honored by the University for Dean's List or higher grade averages in the fall 2005 semester. From men's basketball, Ryan Beal and Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw were among those saluted.
Former Georgetown letterman and assistant coach Ronny Thompson (C'92) was named head coach at Ball State Tuesday.
"It seems as though some people have forgotten what Ball State is all about,' said Thompson in the introductory press conference. "One of my main goals is to try to remind people what we are all about and how special this basketball program can be. The only way this is going to happen is through a lot of hard work and through a lot of support."
Thompson served as an assistant coach at Arkansas since 2003 after five years as a assistant at Georgetown.
"I expect to be at the top of the MAC each year, but it takes time," Thompson said. "We're inheriting a team that's won 10 games so it's going to take time, but we're going to work tirelessly to do it."
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Congratulations to former Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt, named Monday as a inductee to the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.
Gavitt coached Providence to eight consecutive 20 win seasons and the 1973 Final Four before retiring from coaching at the age of 43 to become PC's athletic director. In 1978, Gavitt joined fellow ECAC athletic directors Frank Rienzo (Georgetown), Jake Crouthamel (Syracuse), and Jack Kaiser (St. John's) in a series of meetings that led to the formation of the Big East Conference a year later. Gavitt served as the conference's first commissioner, helping elevate the league immediately upon the national stage.
Georgetown recruit Vernon Macklin was named to the Parade All-America second team this weekend. The weekly magazine has sponsored All-America teams since 1958.
There are 145 Parade All-Americans on current NBA rosters, including Alonzo Mourning, Othella Harrington and Allen Iverson. Eleven members of the Basketball Hall of Fame received such recognition when they were in high school, including John Thompson, Jr. in 1960.
The Big East and Southeastern Conference are considering an in-season series between its member schools, according to the New York Daily News. Sources tell the Daily News that the series would involve 8-10 games a year among the conferences.
The Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference sponsored a highly popular doubleheader series from 1989-92 with games between the conferences. Georgetown was 2-1 in the three games, with wins over North Carolina and Duke and an overtime loss to Virginia. The series was scuttled after complaints from Big East coaches and the ACC later instituted a series with teams from the Big Ten.
Georgetown's 23-10 record was third among the 19 Jesuit institutions playing Division I basketball per the final NCAA standings.
Five Jesuit schools made the NCAA's and a total of seven in post-season play.
Georgetown was 2-1 versus fellow Jesuit schools in 2005-06, splitting with Marquette and defeating Fairfield earlier in 2005.
Former sports information director John Blake (F'77) has been named a vice president for media relations with the Boston Red Sox, according to a team release.
Blake was an assistant in the Sports Information Office in his undergraduate years at Georgetown and served two years as its director before joining the media relations department of the Baltimore Orioles in 1979. Blake later served as director of media relations for the Texas Rangers from 1984-2004.
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