Pay JT III.

The blog is in withdrawal. As you can see, we’ve gone a little quiet now that basketball season is over. Of course, we would love to move on and start looking at next year (or maybe even to discuss the plethora of other things happening on campus), but we’re going to be slow. Why? Because we’re waiting for an answer.

I went to the rally for the Hoyas in Healy Circle yesterday, and after JT III and a few of the guys spoke, President DeGioia came to the podium. I was expecting some sort of announcement, but all he did was give one of his infamous introductions (albeit, a little after the fact). If you believe the Washington Times (and many would say they had the best coverage of the team this year), JT III wants a raise, and DeGioia has been discussing this with the Athletic Director, Bernard Muir.

Thompson has one of the lowest salaries among coaches in the Big East. After the last three seasons, it has become clear that $465,000 he earns each year is a travesty (wish I could say that about myself). If you feel like I do, write President DeGioia and Athletics Director Muir. Tell them to get on top of this, and to lock up the man behind Georgetown’s renaissance for the foreseeable future.

Posted by Austin Richardson, Blog Editor

2 Comments on “Pay JT III.

  1. I don’t know about saddling the university with more expenses just to pay for a possible basketball victory.

    Georgetown always needs more money, and I think there are better places it could be spent than on JTIII, and in some of those other cases, the money would definitely improve the university. Giving JTIII more money in the hopes that we go to the Final Four again is too expensive a gamble, when we have other places to put our chips.

  2. I have to disagree with this sentiment. Look what a great basketball program did for Duke–it went from being a brainy Southern school to a hot-spot destination that legitimately competes with Ivy League schools in terms of both incoming students and prestige. The academics there were always great, but the national notoriety grew out of consistently being in the popular culture spotlight because of its basketball program.

    The Craig Escherick years proved the difference a coach can make in the success of a basketball program–it’s not only about X’s and O’s (at which Thompson is one of the best), but also recruiting power, an area in which Thompson is proving a formidable player. Since most people don’t even know Georgetown has a football team (no joke), basketball is our only chance to keep the school’s name in the mainstream consciousness via athletics.

    Besides, the money spent on a coach to keep a basketball program great is an investment… it can come back in increased merchandise revenue, ticket revenue, etc… It will take a little while of maintaining our team at a high level to really bring the merchandise back up to 80s/early-90s highs though, so keeping Thompson around is a must. It’s not about winning a championship or even reaching the Final Four every year… just about being a consistent contender, a big name in college hoops that gets people who have nothing to do with Georgetown excited.

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