Mike Brey, Shaka Smart Reportedly Declined Georgetown Basketball HC Opening

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08:  The Georgetown Hoyas mascot on the floor during the Big East Basketball Tournament - First Round game against the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2017 in New York City.  The Red Storm won 74-73.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Georgetown reportedly reached out to both Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey and Texas Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart about its basketball coaching vacancy, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, but both "respectfully declined to pursue the job."   

Parrish added the Hoyas are willing to break the bank to obtain their next coach:

Parrish noted that Brey and Smart had ties to the area, adding "a source told CBS Sports that 'the possibility of coaching back at home tugged at [Brey's] heart a little bit.'" But both reportedly are happy where they are and aren't interested in leaving their programs.

The Hoyas fired John Thompson III earlier this month after consecutive losing seasons (15–18 in 2015-16, 14–18 in 2016-17). Thompson III finished his career at Georgetown with a 278-151 record and a Final Four appearance in the 2006-07 season.

He followed in the footsteps of his father, John Thompson Jr., though he never was able to match his legacy after his father led the Hoyas to the 1983-84 national championship, three Final Four appearances and a combined 13 Big East regular-season and tournament titles.

As for potential replacements for Thompson III, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy believes former Georgetown and New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing is the logical choice, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com: 

Parrish added that Rhode Island's Dan Hurley and Harvard's Tommy Amaker are potential candidates for the position.    

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