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Georgetown Basketball: August 2003 News Archive

Davidson & Temple Games Confirmed 8/30/03

A schedule update per the Charlotte Observer: the Georgetown game vs. Davidson is scheduled for December 6.

A reader wrote in and pointed out that the official Davidson schedule lists the game at 8:00 pm at MCI Center, even though the BB&T Classic will be at MCI on the 6th with George Washington vs. West Virginia at 1:00 and Maryland vs. Gonzaga at 3:30. While Georgetown is not a part of that tournament, the triple-header of sorts could bring a few more fans to stay downtown for the game with Davidson.

Also on the schedule front, ESPN has confirmed the Feb. 14 date previously discussed for the Hoyas' non-conference game at Temple. The article also notes that Georgetown transfer Drew Hall did not qualify at Gonzaga and will not be enrolling at that school for the fall.

There are only two non-conference games on the 2003-04 schedule that have not been announced by other schools to date. No schedule has been announced to date by Georgetown.

Assistant Coaches Talk To Voice 8/20/03

New assistant coaches Chuck Driesell and Jaren Jackson [B'89] sat down to talk with Liam Dillon of the Georgetown Voice for their thoughts on the 2003-04 season.

"When opportunities come around especially good ones like this, you have to take a look at them," said Driesell, who was the former head coach at Div. III Marymount. "Coming to Georgetown was a great move for me. This job puts everything together by working at a great school, with a great staff, and with very talented players."

Jackson is new to coaching, but arrives with 12 years in the NBA ranks. "Pro players sometimes think they know it all, but college basketball players are open, are willing to learn. My message will come across. I'm very excited to be back at Georgetown," he said.

"Chuck and I going to come in and have an immediate impact to this team. We're going to make sure these young players are excited about playing Georgetown basketball."

Virginia Guard Verbals To Hoyas 8/20/03

Various media sources are reporting that Tyler Crawford, a 6-4 senior guard from Staunton, VA, has verbally committed to the Georgetown class of 2008. Crawford averaged 16 points and 12.4 rebounds as a forward at Robert E. Lee HS in Staunton, located about three hours southwest of Washington.

Georgetown officials cannot comment on recruits until a letter of intent has been signed, which takes place no sooner than November 12. Georgetown will have up to five scholarships available for the 2003-04 recruiting season.

Here are links to the Crawford announcement:

Penn State Confirms Game With Hoyas 8/20/03

Penn State has released its 2003-04 schedule, opening at home versus Georgetown on Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 pm. No television has been announced for the game.

While some Hoya fans may not see Penn State as an old rival, the schools have met actually 40 times, with Penn State owning a 22-18 series advantage. The two schools maintained annual series between 1936-1954 and 1969-1976.

With the game, the Hoyas will make their first visit to the the 16,000 seat Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus, with its last visit to PSU coming in 1975 at the old Rec Hall. Full coverage of the Nittany Lions can be found at Penn State Hoops.com.

With the announcement, eight of the Hoyas' 11 non-conference games have now been posted by other media sources, with three of these games scheduled on the road. Last weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Georgetown will play at Temple next February. A specific date for the game, played at the Liacouras Center, has not been determined, but it will be either Feb. 14 or 15.

The Temple game marks the Hoyas' first non-conference road game in Philadelphia (that is, not involving Villanova) since the 1979-80 season.

Brunson Named Wooden Award Finalist 8/14/03

A week after her efforts in the Pan American Games, Georgetown's Rebekkah Brunson has been nominated as one of 30 finalists for the John Wooden Award for women's basketball, according to its official site.

Brunson is one of five Big East players nominated, including Ann Strother (UConn), Diana Taurasi (UConn), Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers), and Jacqueline Batteast (Notre Dame).

NCAA Discusses Athletics Finances 8/14/03

An NCAA report has detailed the growth in athletics spending nationwide, according to this link from USA Today.

The report discusses spending on basketball at Division I-A schools has increased 50 percent since 1997, with a 43 percent increase in football spending. The report noted that "expanded athletic programs appear to be neither the road to riches nor the road to financial ruin."

Schedule Update 8/12/03

The Charlotte Observer reports that Davidson (17-10 in 2002-03, RPI 155) will be playing at Georgetown this season. A schedule has not been announced by the school to date.

Hoya Blue Returns 8/12/03

The student spirit group Hoya Blue has relaunched its website, complete with photos of the new Jack the Bulldog on campus. As was reported earlier this year, the previous Jack retired to Scranton University to join its new president, Scott Pilarz, S.J.

Hoya Blue has a full lineup of activities for the school year and its web site will be critical in getting out the word. Stop by, visit the site and send your comments.

Big East Meeting 8/6/03

Georgetown was among eight schools represented as presidents and athletic directors from the Big East discussed the conference's future, reports USA Today. No conclusions were reached on the conference's future during the five hour meeting.

Driesell Named Asst. Coach 8/4/03

The Hoyas may have lost a Thompson, but they have added a Driesell.

Former Marymount head coach Chuck Driesell has joined the Georgetown staff according to this link at GUHoyas.com. Driesell, 40, was an assistant at James Madison from 1989-97 before spending six years as head coach at nearby Marymount University, with a 89-72 mark at the Division III school.

"I have known and watched Chuck work for many years and I am very excited to add someone with his knowledge and enthusiasm to the Georgetown family, said Coach Esherick in the release.

Driesell is a 1985 graduate of the University of Maryland, where his father, Charles (Lefty) Driesell was the long-time head coach there.


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