Georgetown University president Jack DeGioia (C'79, G'95) has been named chairman of the NCAA Board of Governors, per a release at NCAA.com.

"As a board and representatives of the whole Association, we are committed to continually improving the higher education experience for college athletes," said interim board chair Tori McClure. "Student athletes are the center of all board decisions and discussions. Jack is an excellent leader as the group looks at how best to create opportunity for student-athletes."

"I am honored to serve in this role during such an important time for intercollegiate athletics," DeGioia said. "It is more important than ever that we ensure college athletics continues to navigate the current landscape consistent with our principles, values and purpose."

DeGioia, the longest tenured president in Georgetown's history and a current member of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, will serve as chairman through August 2022. A student athlete while at Georgetown, DeGioia played on the football and track teams during his undergraduate years.

 

In comparison to men's basketball, women's basketball at Georgetown exists in a media vacuum. No local attention was paid to Thursday's Big East women's pre-season poll, which placed the Hoyas last of 11 teams.

The Poll:
    1. Connecticut
    2. DePaul
    3. Marquette
    4. St. John's
    5. Creighton
    6. Seton Hall
    7. Villanova
    8. Butler
    9. Xavier
    10. Providence
    11. Georgetown


The 2020-21 Hoyas return just one starter from a 5-25 season (2-16 Big East). As was the case with the men's team, the women's team were decimated by transfers--six of the 14 members of the Hoyas transferred from the past season, including first year guard Olivia Snyder, sophomores Cassandra Gordon, Tayanna Jones, and Nikola Kovacikova, as well as upperclass players Tatiana Thompson and Morgan Smith. Fourth year coach James Howard (40-57) welcomes eight newcomers for the 2020-21 team.

The news of the women's media day was the return of its greatest program--the University of Connecticut. The Huskies were 139-0 in seven years of conference play in the American Athletic Conference, won four NCAA titles, and return to the Big East as the prohibitive favorite for 2020-21 and until further notice. The Huskies won 18 Big East titles and eight national titles in the Big East from 1989 to 2013. Since 1993, the Huskies were a remarkable 380-18 (.954) in conference play. The Hoyas are 6-45 all time versus UConn, having dropped its last 28 against the Huskies.

Georgetown had no selections for the Big East's first team, second team, honorable mention, or all-freshmen selection.

 

"It is what it is. I mean we lost a lot of guys. When you look at the amount of talent that we lost that should have been here, guys going into their junior year, guys going into their sophomore year, I would pick us last." --Patrick Ewing


For the first time in its 41 years in the Big East Conference, Georgetown was picked last in a pre-season poll by its fellow coaches.

Georgetown totaled just 13 votes across ten voters. The 2020-21 Hoyas return two starters from last season's 15-17 team and welcome nine newcomers, the most since the 1950-51 season. Villanova earned nine of 11 first place votes, Creighton two. Returning Big East team Connecticut was placed fourth in the poll.

The Poll:
    1. Villanova
    2. Creighton
    3. Providence
    4. Connecticut
    5. Seton Hall
    6. Marquette
    7. Xavier
    8. Butler
    9. St. John's
    10. DePaul
    11. Georgetown


ADDITIONAL COVERAGE
Georgetown had no selections for the Big East's first team, second team, honorable mention, or all-freshmen selection.

Here are the pre-season honorees:

Preseason Player of the Year
Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton, G, Jr., 6-2, 180, Hamilton, MA

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Dawson Garcia, Marquette, F, Fr., 6-11, 230, Prior Lake, MN

First Team
Charlie Moore, DePaul, G, Sr., 5-11, 180, Chicago, IL
David Duke, Providence, G, Jr., 6-5, 205, Providence, RI
Collin Gillespie, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-3, 191, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Sandro Mamukelashvili, Seton Hall, F, Sr., 6-11, 240, Tbilisi, Georgia
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova, F, So., 6-9, 232, Overland Park, KS

Second Team
James Bouknight, Connecticut, G, So., 6-5, 190, Brooklyn, NY
Mitch Ballock, Creighton, G, Sr., 6-5, 205, Eudora, KS
Justin Moore, Villanova, G, So., 6-4, 210, Fort Washington, MD
Paul Scruggs, Xavier, G, Sr., 6-4, 196, Indianapolis, IN
Bryce Nze, Butler, F, Sr., 6-7, 235, Hartland, WI
Nate Watson, Providence, C, Sr., 6-10, 260, Portsmouth, VA

Honorable Mention
D.J. Carton, Marquette, G, So., 6-2, 195, Bettendorf, IA
Bryce Aiken, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-0, 180, Randolph, NJ
 
 
 
 
 
 

So how has Georgetown fared in pre-season polls versus the real season? Here's a view of the predicted vs. actual finishes since 1998:

SeasonPre-SeasonEnd of SeasonBig East Tournament
Craig Esherick (1999-04)
1998-995th (of 13)10th1-1: Quarterfinal loss
1999-005th 9th2-1: Semifinal loss
2000-011st (of 14)3rd0-1: Quarterfinal loss
2001-022nd6th1-1: Quarterfinal loss
2002-0312th10th1-1: Quarterfinal loss
2003-0411th12th0-1: 1st round loss
4-6 overall
John Thompson III (2004-17)
2004-0511th (of 12)7th1-1: Quarterfinal loss
2005-066th (of 16)5th2-1: Semifinal loss
2006-072nd1st3-0 Champions
2007-081st1st2-1: Runner-Up
2008-097th12th0-1: 1st round loss
2009-105th8th2-1: Runner-Up
2010-114th8th0-1: 2nd round loss
2011-1210th5th1-1: Quarterfinal loss
2012-135th1st1-1: Semifinal loss
2013-142nd (of 10)7th0-1: 1st round loss
2014-152nd2nd1-1: Quarterfinal loss
2015-162nd8th1-1: Quarterfinal loss
2016-174th9th0-1: 1st round loss
14-12 overall
Patrick Ewing (2017-)
2017-189th8th0-1: 1st round loss
2018-197th6th0-1: Quarterfinal loss
2019-206th8th0-1: 1st round loss
2020-2111th (of 11)
0-3 overall
 
 

The Big East announced the first of four Big East games for Georgetown in December.

The Hoyas will host Villanova on Thursday Dec. 11 and Connecticut on Sunday Dec. 13, then travel to Seton Hall on Dec. 20 and St. John's on Dec. 23. Locations were not disclosed for any of the four games.

Per Twitter, Georgetown has not completed anon-confernece schedule. Previous comments had Georgetown scheduling only five out of a possible seven non-confernece gams this season.