The Hoyas’ blemish

While every other U.S. newspaper has been printing feel-good pieces about all the father-son connections at G’town, leave it to the Times to be critical. Friday’s sports section has an excellent and surprising piece about GU Assistant Coach Kevin Broadus’ (recently hired to coach Binghampton) recruiting of Marc Egerson. Egerson withdrew from G’town in December, in the middle of his sophomore season. According to the piece, he got 12 ‘F’s in high school and became a father in February. Egerson’s recruitment is a glaring contradiction to what Georgetown basketball says it stands for, and makes me and my friends on the Ed Board look bad for writing that the Hoyas are all business and focused on the classroom.

However, the article is unfair to Broadus—he bears the blame while his boss, JT III comes out largely unscathed. Broadus and Thompson should have never recruited Egerson, but the article may go a bit far by questioning Broadus’ qualifications for the Binghampton job. I’m sure plenty of assistant coaches have made poor recruiting decisions.

Posted by Keenan Steiner, Editorial Board Chair

3 Comments on “The Hoyas’ blemish

  1. Excellent piece? Please, it’s poor journalism. A newspaper with the resources of the NYT can’t get a comment from a college student and recent father before taking a hatchet to him?

    If that’s the high journalistic standards you aspire to, then you should definitely look for a new career.

    And by the way, the author of that hit-piece is a Syracuse alum. C’mon Hoyas, even The Voice should be able to see that a Hoya is better than an Orange any day. Let’s eat the banana and put Syracuse alums and the NYT in their place this weekend.

  2. Your post insinuates that a player becoming a father constitutes a “blemish” on the program. That is unfair.

    It will also be interesting to see how Mr. Egerson performed academically while at Georgetown. Considering that he left because of personal reasons, we can only assume that he was working hard and getting acceptable grades.

    The New York Times article should have mentioned Jon Wallace’s academic excellence and Roy Hibbert’s ambition to intern on the Hill this summer.

    We have many reasons to be proud of Georgetown basketball – academic success included.

  3. I did insinuate that Egerson becoming a father is negative, and I regret that.

    But the reason the article is important is because Egerson’s situation has been unexamined thus far – this story talks about his high school roots and how he was recruited.

    I wrote that the story was unfair in its treatment of Broadus, and, yes, it should have been more balanced – it should have mentioned how Wallace and Hibbert and most of the team do very well academically.

    But you have to understand that the story could not have been balanced, because the Athletic Department does not allow its assistant coaches to be interviewed. Hoya paranoia is still around. If Broadus were interviewed, he would probably give some pretty good reasons that he recruited a guy from a prep school that the NCAA doesn’t recognize and who got 12 Fs in high school. Egerson may have declined to comment as well.

    It’s not poor journalism – if you were able to take your blinders off – to step back from your emotional connection to the Hoyas – you would recognize that. Because I write for the pro-Syracuse Orange agenda Georgetown Voice, I can. But JB (Jack the Bulldog?), you are going to “put the NYT in its place” for saying something negative (only one small, unfortunate thing about JT III’s tenure) about your team. I’m as big of a G’town fan as there is, and am extremely proud of G’town basketball. That’s why I feel obliged to be question the program as well. A guy with Egerson’s background probably should not have been recruited to play here, and Broadus and JTIII made a mistake by thinking he’d be a good fit. And though Eg is a good guy, he wasn’t a good fit, which is why he decided to leave in December.

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