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Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will lead search for new Georgetown coach

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will lead Georgetown's search for a new basketball coach.

The Georgetown Hoyas fired head basketball coach John Thomson III on Thursday after 13 seasons with the program. The move was expected following a disastrous 14-18 2016-17 campaign.

But it now forces the school to look for a new head coach while its basketball program is mired a two-year slump without an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

In an interesting turn, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will be tasked with leading the search for a new head coach.

Tagliabue, who stepped down from his role as commissioner in 2006, is a Georgetown alum. He’s also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the university, so it would stand to reason that he’d be involved in the decision-making process.

In 13 seasons as the program’s head coach, Thompson III led Georgetown to the NCAA Tournament eight times, posting a 278-151 record in the process. His father coached the Hoyas to prominence during a 27-year career that came to an end during the 1998-99 campaign.

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