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John Thompson III listed as early favorite for Vanderbilt job

Photo: Greg Bartram/USA Today

Photo: Greg Bartram/USA Today

On Friday morning, Vanderbilt University announced Bryce Drew had been fired as the head coach of the men’s basketball team.

Today, Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com is reporting the Commodores have zeroed in on former Georgetown head coach John Thompson III as his replacement.

“Former Georgetown coach John Thompson III is the “leader” to replace Bryce Drew at Vanderbilt,” Zagoria said, via “multiple sources.”

Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports also reported that Thompson III is a “name worth monitoring” due to his ties with Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner.

Thompson, 53, was fired at Georgetown in 2017 after 13 seasons with the program. He led the Hoyas to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2007 Final Four and a Sweet 16 in 2006. He ended his career leading the Hoyas with a final record of 278–151 and a total career coaching record of 346-193.

After his departure at Georgetown, Thompson III serves as an assistant coach with USA Basketball.

(ZagsBlog)

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18 Comments for John Thompson III listed as early favorite for Vanderbilt job



  1. ScottGreene22
    12:35 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    If I was Vandy or Anyone one else looking for a coach Buffalos Coach would be high on the list



    • nocode96
      12:54 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

      Oats going to Vandy would be stepping down from his current gig in my opinion. In all honesty, Drew shouldn’t have been fired.



    • The last sith lord
      1:45 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed drew shouldnt have been fired.
      J.T.lll is great for vandy ideally, he runs an ivy league Princeton offense. The question is how well that could translate to a conference known for it athleticism and defense. Also how successfully could he recruit



    • Luether
      11:31 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

      My sources say that Thompson would be a downgrade from Drew…



  2. Righteous1
    12:52 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    Nate Oates just signed a contract extension at Buffalo.



  3. south georgia cat
    12:58 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    Why



  4. Catcasey1
    1:03 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    Good he couldn’t get it done at gtown why could he do it at vandy



  5. bigbluenationmbb
    1:10 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    Avery Johnson would be a good extension I’ve heard bama is going to buy him out and hire Iowa states head coach because he used to be an assistant and play for bama but let’s go beat wofford



  6. JMFATZ47
    1:17 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    Wow, this would be a horrific move by Vandy



  7. mikep
    1:23 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    That means no more white players for Vandy. Thompson and his old man wouldn’t recruit Larry Bird or Pistol Pete if their lives depended on it.



    • nocode96
      1:52 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t forget about Nate Lubick! Lol. He’s about it though.



    • timbo
      2:14 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

      Wow. You’re the worst… so’s your commenting buddy…



    • mikep
      9:27 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

      How is speaking the truth make me the worst. I ask you to name 5 white scholarship basketball players in the Thompson’s tenure. No walk ons just white guys that were recruited and received scholarships. Should be easy for you to find 5 in the 30 plus years of coaching.



  8. jaws2
    1:29 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    No need to be honest here mikep. Take a look at the new AD and you’ll see why this might happen.



  9. dhard
    1:35 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    Couldn’t coach a lick at Georgetown and if hired at Vanderbilt, won’t be able to coach a lick.



  10. SanDiegoDave
    5:44 pm March 23, 2019 Permalink

    If Thompson III is hired, then Vandy is doomed for mediocrity once again.