Patrick Ewing fired by Georgetown; went 13-50 last 2 seasons Texas Tech coach Adams resigns after insensitive comments Alabama’s Miller calls fatal shooting ‘really heartbreaking’ North Carolina beats BC 85-61, keeps NCAA hopes alive Texas A&M-Corpus Christi wins Southern tournament again Colgate rolls to third straight Patriot Tournament title
WASHINGTON. Before coaching his first game at Georgetown—or rather, his first game as a head coach at any basketball level—Patrick Ewing admitted that his tenure would be judged by one thing: his track record.
“People could call me ‘the greatest Hoya of all time’ but as you know, if I don’t win, sooner or later another coach will be here,” Ewing said in 2017. “Every coach knows once… you dot the Is and cross out the Ts, the writing on the wall. At some point in your career, you will be fired. It’s just life in coaching.”
Ewing’s time as Hoya coach came to an end Thursday when he was sacked after going 75-109 in six seasons at the school. He led to an NCAA championship as a player in the early 1980s.
In a statement of the changes attached to the press release, school president Jack DeJoya called Ewing “the heart of Georgetown basketball” and described him as “tireless in his dedication to his team and the young men he coached.”
Meanwhile, Ewing thanked DeGioy “for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my ambitions of becoming a head basketball coach” and added, “I wish the program nothing but success. I will always be Hoya.”
His last game was an 80-48 loss to Villanova on Wednesday night in the first round of the Big East at Madison Square Garden, the arena where Ewing was the New York Knicks’ NBA star for so many years.
Georgetown has gone 7-25 this season, including 2-18 in regular conference play, with a 40-point loss to Creighton. Ewing led the Big East’s 29-game losing streak that began in March 2021 and ended this January, the most consecutive defeats in league history.
The last two seasons have been particularly bad, with the Hoyas winning a total of 13 games and losing 50 for a .206 winning percentage.
Ewing’s tenure included only one winning season, zero March Madness victories, and just one NCAA Tournament appearance. That’s a far cry from the success that Georgetown enjoyed when the 7-foot Ewing patrolled the paint as a fearsome, blocking force in the center decades ago.
In four years in uniform under coach John Thompson, Jr., Georgetown went 121–23, won the 1984 NCAA title, and made two more championship appearances. Ewing became the first overall pick since the first NBA Draft Lottery and starred as a pro, mostly for the Knicks.
“As successful as I am as a player,” Ewing said when he was hired to replace Thompson’s son, John III, as the Hoya’s coach after 15 years as an NBA assistant, “that’s how successful I want to be as a coach.”
It didn’t work out that way. Not even close.
He started quite promisingly with the score 8:0. What followed was a harbinger of what was to come: Georgetown was down 15-15 that season, defeated in the first round of the Big East tournament, and not invited to the playoffs.
During Ewing’s tenure, a wave of transfers took talent away from Georgetown, and strong defense—a hallmark of his teams when he was on the floor—was a rarity.
The highlight of his return to Hilltop was the 2021 conference tournament at his old MSG stadium. The Hoyas pulled off a surprising four wins in four days to earn that title and the automatic NCAA berth that came with it; they trailed Colorado by 23 points in Game 1 of the Big Dance.
A year later, with Georgetown on track to go down to 6-25, breaking the half-century mark and setting the school record for most men’s hoop losses in a season that was repeated this season, athletic director Lee. Reid offered Ewing a public show of support.
In the final off-season, Ewing changed all three assistant coaches and added a few new players, but that didn’t help matters. And the speculation about Ewing’s future that was already swirling only got louder as this season fell apart.
In January, Reid responded to an interview request by issuing a statement to the Associated Press calling Ewing’s work “a challenging and frustrating time”. Reid also said at the time that Ewing “understands the need to get the program back on track.”
Hours later, with DeGioya present, the Hoyas lost to Villanova, setting a record 25th straight loss in the Big East.
“My future is my future,” Ewing said after that defeat. “I will be the head coach at Georgetown until the president or the board decides that I should leave. … You know, a friend of mine sent me a quote today: “It’s not about how many times you get knocked down; is how many times you get up. We’ve been knocked down, so all we’re going to do is keep getting up.”
Another loss to the Wildcats would be Ewing’s last game at his alma mater. Less than 24 hours later, Reed announced, “We will immediately begin a nationwide search for our next coach.”
KANSAS CITY, Missouri. Texas Tech coach Mark Adams, who was recently suspended for making racially insensitive comments about one of his players, resigned shortly after the Red Raiders were eliminated from the Big 12 on Wednesday.
Second-year assistant Corey Williams led the Red Raiders in their 78–62 loss to West Virginia.
The incident involving Adams occurred during a meeting with an unnamed player, the Texas Institute of Technology said Sunday, announcing his suspension. The school said that Adams “encouraged the student-athlete to be more receptive to training and referred to Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters.”
Red Raiders athletic director Kirby Hockatt learned of the incident last Friday and issued a written reprimand, while Adams coached them in their loss to Oklahoma State at the end of the regular season. But after Hocutt looked into the situation further, he decided to suspend Adams just three days before the start of the Big 12 tournament.
Adams waited until his team was eliminated before announcing he was retiring.
“My lifelong goal has been to help and positively impact my players and be part of the Texas Tech men’s basketball team,” Adams said in a statement. “However, both the university and I believe this incident has become a distraction for the Texas Tech men’s basketball team and the university that I care about so much.”
This isn’t the first time high-profile coaches have gotten in trouble for tactless comments.
Three years ago, Pat Chambers resigned from Penn State after one of his former players reported that the coach said he wanted to “loosen the noose around your neck” when talking to a player about how to help him reduce his stress levels; This season, he was hired on the Gulf Coast in Florida. And in the 2020–21 season, Creighton coach Greg McDermott apologized for telling his team after the loss to “stay on the plantation” to remind them to stick together; he was suspended for one game.
Adams, 66, graduated from Texas Tech in 1979 and has been there since 2016, starting as director of basketball under Tubby Smith and then working under Chris Beard. He was named head coach when Byrd left for Texas and signed a five-year, $15.5 million contract last spring.
The extension came after Adams led the Red Raiders to the finals of the Big 12 Tournament where they lost to the eventual national champion Kansas, and the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in his first season in charge.
However, this season things quickly turned sour. Texas Tech lost their first eight conference games, and any hope of winning the Big 12 Tournament and returning to the NCAA Tournament ended in a bad game against the Mountaineers.
“To be honest, there is a big burden on these children now. They’ve been through a lot in the last week or so,” Williams said afterwards. “And in a way, I just feel like it caught up with them and they wanted to win.
“They gave their best. And as soon as the ball stopped falling a little, it became a little stiffer, ”he added. “The hill got a lot steeper and unfortunately we couldn’t make up the difference.”
TASCALOOSE, Alabama. Alabama basketball star Brandon Miller spoke on Wednesday of being at the scene of a fatal shooting that killed a 23-year-old mother, saying he “never loses sight of the fact that a family has lost one of their loved ones” . those”.
Miller, in the week he was collecting awards – and was snubbed for a large award – made his first public appearance, as his name was linked to the Jan. 15 scene in Tuscaloosa where Jamie Harris was killed.
“This whole situation is just heartbreaking, but with all due respect, that’s all I can say about it,” the Southeastern Conference player and Rookie of the Year told The Associated Press.
Ex-Alabama player Darius Miles is charged with murder punishable by shooting. Prosecutors say he gave the gun that was fired to another man, Michael Davis, who shot Harris. Davis is also charged with murder.
Miller’s name was mentioned in court by authorities as the person who delivered the gun on the night of the shooting at Miles’ request. Freshman point guard Jayden Bradley was also at the scene, authorities said. None of them have been charged with a crime.
Alabama said its star striker is a cooperating witness, not a suspect. Neither Miller nor Bradley were eliminated from the game.
Miller’s lawyer said the gun was in the back of Miller’s car, and that the Tide star did not see or hold it.
As Miller and Alabama prepare for the SEC and NCAA tournament, it’s hard to separate the accolades and success from Harris’ death.
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