Georgetown Basketball: July 2004 News Archive
Women's basketball coach Patrick Knapp has resigned to become head coach at Pennsylvania.
"I am well aware of the prestige of Penn and the Ivy League, and am excited to join in and be a part of it,” said Knapp, a native of Wyncote, PA and a former letterman at nearby Widener University. “I am also very cognizant of the other league we are in – the Philadelphia Big 5. That is a passion of mine and I am really excited to start competing in that unique conference as well."
"This is such a great coup for Penn,” said Hall of Fame coach Cathy Rush in a Penn sports release. “Patrick has over 20 years of head coaching experience from arguably the toughest conference in the NCAA, and for him to see the great opportunity that there is for Penn to make an even bigger impact on both the Ivy League and the rest of NCAA Division I, shows how far the Penn program has come.” Penn won the Ivy title in 2004 and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Connecticut, 91-55.
Knapp leaves the Georgetown program after an 18 year record of 248-264 (.484), having led the Hoyas to its only NCAA berth (1993) in the 44 year history of the program as well as NIT berths in 2000 through 2003. Knapp averaged 15 wins a year in the last five seasons.
"Pat has done the Georgetown community a great service these past 18 years and we are very grateful for all his efforts," said interim athletic director Adam Brick. “We will now begin a process of review and evaluation in order to take the next step of continuing the tradition of academic and athletic excellence that has become the hallmark of the program.”
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Monday's Washington Post has a feature on the impact summer camps are playing for recruits and the coaches who pursue them. Recommended reading.
Temple has announced its game with Georgetown: Monday, November 22 at MCI Center. The game will not be televised by ESPN, according to the Temple web site.
An article in the Washington Post notes that Georgetown will be hosting two rounds of the 2008 NCAA tournament. Georgetown will also be the host school for the regionals in 2006, but the Hoyas would not eligible to play at their "home" arena for either event.
Georgetown has announced Thursday the transfer of guard Matt Causey from the program.
Recruited by former assistant Ronny Thompson to run the offense as an up-tempo point guard, the 5-11 Causey was the highest profile recruit for Georgetown in 2003. Causey was injured last summer and never got up to speed, averaging 2.2 points per game in 13 minutes of play per game. Causey scored a career high 12 points in the Hoyas' season finale against Boston College and was expected to be the starting point guard for the Hoyas in 2004-05, even with a different style of play under coach Thompson.
"Its unfortunate that I never got the opportunity to know and work with Matt, but we wish him the best of luck in his new situation,” said Thompson.
Causey is the third member of his family to play Division I ball and, strangely, all three transferred after their freshman year. Mike Causey transferred from Texas Christian in 1999 to Harvard, but never lettered in basketball there. Mark Causey was a freshman at Duke in 2002 but transferred to North Georgia College, seeing action in four games last season.
Saturday's Washington Post has a brief blurb on Thursday's transfer announcement, but with no more information than the original release.
"I'd be shocked if he was in a Knick uniform at training camp," said David Bauman, Harrington's agent. "His Knick days are numbered. We want him out in a major way. The [Chicago] Bulls would be a good fit."
The National Association of Basketball Coaches will push for adding a fifth year of eligibility for men's basketball and increased contacts to recruits to the NCAA next week, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Other proposed reforms would allow for more contact between coaches and recruits after the prospect's junior year of high school.
Georgetown has announced its Big East opponent games for the 2004-05 season. With 11 opponents over 16 games (as of Thursday, Virginia Tech and Miami are officially out of the conference), the Hoyas will have home and away games with Connecticut, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John's and Villanova.
Beyond the 2004 Rainbow Classic, no non-conference games have been confirmed by Georgetown or by other schools, though return games with Temple and Penn State are expected.
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