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.
A name worth monitoring at Vanderbilt is former Georgetown coach John Thompson III. Fits academic background from Georgetown and Princeton. Has ties to the AD. Have to think Vandy had a plan before letting go Bryce Drew.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 22, 2019
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.