Patrick Ewing Says Georgetown Needs to Get Back to 'Hoya Paranoia'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2017

FILE - In this April 13, 2015, file photo, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Patrick Ewing argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Charlotte, N.C. Summer league is a chance for players to get noticed and maybe have a shot at making it in the NBA. Same goes for coaches. That's why NBA assistants like Juwan Howard and Patrick Ewing embraced the chance to run rosters this summer. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
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New Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing wants to return the swagger and attitude that defined the dominant Hoyas teams from the past, he said in his press conference Wednesday.

"We have to get back to the way it was," Ewing said. "No one liked us. Hoya paranoia. Rough-and-tumble Big East."

Ewing expressed excitement at being back at his alma mater, this time as a head coach, per Aaron Oster of ESPN980:

After leading the Hoyas to the 1983-84 national championship and putting together a Hall of Fame NBA career, Ewing turned to coaching, which included stints as an NBA assistant with the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets. Ewing said he returned to the college game specifically for this job.

"If it was any other university, I wouldn't be doing this," he noted.

Ewing also spoke about the style of play he wanted to implement and tried to set realistic expectations for the Hoyas next season:

It was an exciting day for a Georgetown program that has posted back-to-back losing seasons. Even former president Bill Clinton was thrilled with the hire:

Ewing now has the lofty goal of returning the program to the prestige it reached under his former head coach, John Thompson.

     

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