"We don't have something that's self-sustained. It's not like Clemson or Alabama where you wake up next fall and, you know, here we go again. So you really have to almost reinvent the wheel every year."

Such are the thoughts from Georgetown football alumnus David Goracy (C'71) on the state of the Georgetown fan base, which is enduring one of the worst runs in Georgetown's 143 years of college football. Thursday's Georgetown Voice talked to some of the alumni leaders in the program whose loyalty remains undaunted in spite of the growing imbalance on the field.

"The fanbase has changed quite a bit [since 1968]," noted Bruce Simmons (B'69), a former Hoya quarterback and a prior Gridiron Club president. "[In] that day it was 99.9 percent students and dates, and now it is, I would guess, 65 percent alumni and parents and 35 percent undergrads."

Students seem equally nonplussed about the game time environment.

"I don't know who I would classify as our Georgetown football rival," said Maeve Healy (C'18), president of Hoya Blue, an organization whose appearances at football games has trailed off significantly over the years. "We have Syracuse and we have Villanova for basketball. I don't see the same thing there with football."

"No one that I know is upset with the football team," said Andrew Geiger (C'99) of SB Nation. "People just don't care enough to be upset."

"I think for sure most alumni would like to have a good football team, and if there's some solution that alumni can come together to donate to, or whatever we need to do to make that happen, I think we certainly would."

 
Thanks to eb59 at HoyaTalk, here are photos of recent construction at Cooper Field which has razed the west stands for future development:

 
The seats were installed as a temporary stopgap during the 2005 season in preparation for construction on the Multi-Sport Facility which never took place.

In addition, the press boxes were repositioned to the smaller east stands. The current configuration will seat not more than 1,000 during the 2018 football season:

 
 
 
 

An undefeated season does not a title make, but don't tell that to the University of Central Florida. The Knights have declared themselves national champions after its win in the Peach Bowl:

 

A columnist at SB Nation amusingly asks if other undefeated teams of the past have a similar case, and provides this team from the past as evidence of same:

Georgetown does not recognize the 1938 team with such accolades. For the record, Texas Christian (11-0) was awarded the national title by the Associated Press that season, and Georgetown was not ranked in its final Top 20. The Hoyas were ranked #20 with two weeks left in the season, but because GU's schedule ended early (Georgetown played eight instead of ten games that year), the AP voters apparently lost interest and the Dartmouth Indians (7-2) took its place in the final Top 20 poll.

To revisit this remarkable Georgetown season, visit the Football History site for more information.

 
 
Reposted from November, a commentary on improving Georgetown football into 2018. An excerpt:

"Few Georgetown sports are as distractible, so to say, than football. Students come and go, but Georgetown football has been mired in a rut that to the naked eye seems intractable. The numbers following this season's Homecoming game were especially grim: eight straight losses, 16 of its last 17, 24 of its last 28 in the Patriot League since 2011. The 7-0 loss was the first shutout at a Homecoming game in 25 years.

Georgetown has lost ten straight and 18 of its last 19 games. It's the second worst run in the school's history. Worse yet, the status quo isn't working. The October 28 game at Holy Cross went unnoticed as Georgetown's 100th all-time Patriot League game. It has lost 82 of them. In games since 2001 with Colgate, Fordham, and Lehigh, Georgetown is 3-46.

It's not enough to complain about football without understanding how it got here in the first place and what Georgetown University is prepared to do and what it is prepared not to do. It is vital, however, to raise the issues which Georgetown seems glacially slow to discuss, and ask instead how it can be elevated."

 
 

For the first time Wednesday, an early signing period was sanctioned by the NCAA, with reports of as many as 80 percent of high school recruits opting to sign in December instead of the traditional February date. Conspicuous in its absence was Georgetown, which was the only Patriot League school not to announce signings.

On Thursday, Georgetown announced four early signees, and a fifth on Friday. The Hoyas must replace 27 graduating seniors for next season.

Signings by other Patriot League schools are below:

Colgate: 16 signees
Lafayette: 14 signees
Bucknell: 12 signees
Lehigh: 12 signees
Holy Cross: 11 signees
Fordham: 10 signees

The five signees for GU are found below:

 
 

With a season ending injury to the Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz, Nick Foles returns to the starting lineup this weekend versus the New York Giants. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post takes a look back a decade ago, when Foles was recruited to play basketball at Georgetown.

A two sport star at Westlake HS in Austin, TX, the 6-5 Foles was actively recruited by the Hoyas in a recruiting class that eventually brought Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, Mikita Meshcharakou (then known as Nikita Mescheriakov) and Omar Wattad to the Hilltop.

"Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Texas Tech also were recruiting Foles, 6 feet 5, 235 pounds, for basketball," wrote the Arizona Republic in 2006. "He decided in favor of football last fall when he succeeded as a starter at the same high school that produced Drew Brees, now with the New Orleans Saints." Foles signed with Michigan State, but later transferred to Arizona.

Could Foles have been a two-sport star at Georgetown?

The article does not say if Foles was also recruited for football with the Hoyas, although four years earlier Georgetown had tried to recruit former Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan, who opted to walk on at Colorado, and who later set a NCAA record with 58 touchdown passes in a single season at Hawaii. Had Foles suited up on Multi-Sport Field, it may not have been productive for an NFL career--the Hoyas were a combined 7-36 (.162) between 2007 and 2010 under former coach Kevin Kelly, who went through six different starting quarterbacks over those four years.

Of Georgetown's 51 former players that played in the NFL, none was a quarterback.

 

Offensive coordinator Michael Neuberger was fired this week, according to a HOYA column discussing the Hoyas' 1-10 season. This appears to confirm Neuberger's absence from the staff directory earlier this week.

Neuberger's offense was among the nation's worst in 2017, continuing a trend throughout since he succeeded Vinny Marino in 2014. The Hoyas averaged 12.5 points per game in 2017 and ranked last in the nation in time of possession.

Columnist Aidan Curran saves most of his column not on Neuberger, but head coach Rob Sgarlata (C'94, S'12), who has otherwise enjoyed a friendly reputation with campus press over his years on the Hilltop.

"Sgarlata's recruiting tactics have been lukewarm at best," Curran wrote. "Look at Georgetown football's Instagram feed and you will see the hashtag #DefendTheDistrict in many posts...For a coach who has placed an emphasis on establishing a pipeline to take advantage of the talent-rich DMV, the results through four years have been very discouraging."

Curran continues:

"It is important for a rebuilding team like Georgetown to schedule a couple of games against tough opponents to get a true measure of how much they are progressing as a team. However, playing a 14-time Ivy League champion, Harvard, annually, where the games are usually decided by the end of the first quarter, only contributes to a culture of losing." (Note: The Harvard series ended in 2017.)

 

Former Georgetown assistant coach Joe Moorhead was named as the head coach at Mississippi State on Nov. 29.

"Over the last decade, Mississippi State University has built a winning football tradition that has taken our program to unprecedented heights," said MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum in prepared remarks. "My charge to Athletics Director John Cohen was to find a dynamic, innovative new head coach for the Bulldogs who could embrace that winning tradition and build on it. In Coach Joe Moorhead, I think we have found that leader. I'm excited about having Joe, his wife Jennifer, sons Mason and Donovan, and daughter Kyra join our Bulldog family. I have great confidence in Coach Moorhead's commitment to competitive athletic achievement, academic excellence, and consistent integrity in the operation of all phases of our football program."

Moorhead coached under Bob Benson for four seasons on the Hilltop from 2000 through 2003, the latter season as offensive coordinator. He was an assistant at Akron from 2004-08, an assistant at Connecticut from 2009 through 2010, head coach at Fordham from 2011 through 2015, and offensive coordinator at Penn State in 2016 and 2017.

"This season, Penn State ranked in the Top 25 nationally in five different offensive categories, including seventh in points per game (41.6), 16th in passing efficiency (153.5), 17th in yards per play (6.55), 25th in passing yards per game (285.8) and 20th in red zone conversion percentage (91.1), reads the release. "They also produced four 50-point games, representing the most in a Nittany Lions season since 1994."

Moorhead becomes the first Georgetown assistant to be elevated to a major college head coach since John DaGrosa, who coached at Holy Cross from 1945 through 1947.

 

DL Khristian Tate and LB Ahmad Wilson were among five Georgetown players named to the Patriot League's all-league teams announced Nov. 21. A recap is found at GUHoyas.com.

"Colgate led all schools with 13 all-League selections, including nine on the first-team, read a Patriot League news release. "Lehigh and Lafayette tied with nine all-League members apiece; the Mountain Hawks had seven on the first-team offense, while Lafayette had five first-team honorees. Fordham and Bucknell both placed eight on the two squads, while Holy Cross had seven selections and Georgetown earned five spots on the first and second all-League teams. The squad is made up of 33 seniors, 15 juniors, seven sophomores and four freshmen."

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