Mullin had zero coaching experience when he was hired in 2015 to resurrect St. John's, meaning he was a hire made exclusively based on the idea of rejuvenating a program by hiring a famously successful former player.
Patrick Ewing is returning to Georgetown.
Georgetown finished 14-18 - ninth in the Big East - this past season.
Patrick Ewing was expected to be a candidate for the Georgetown vacancy, and now, after the program has taken its time going through the process, everything appears to be falling together.
From the moment Georgetown made the decision to cut ties with John Robinson III, there was one coaching candidate that appeared to tower over many other possibilities.
He also served as an assistant for Washington, Houston and Orlando and spent every July coaching the Hornets' summer league team, never acting entitled despite his Hall of Fame credentials.
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In announcing the hire, Georgetown called Ewing "the greatest men's basketball player to ever don the Blue (and) Gray".
BREAKING: Georgetown has hired Patrick Ewing as head coach, a source confirms. I head coaches who were Hall of Famers as players. Both of their teams are in the Big East. The Hoyas reached the national championship game three times during Ewing's career. The Vertical reported late last night that Ewing would formally interview for the job at Georgetown.
Ewing will begin the process of rebuilding a Georgetown team that hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2015, and he will need to do so without his top 2017 recruit. Ewing is the all-time leader in total rebounds (1,316), most blocked shots (493) and most games played (143). Ewing undoubtedly has the elder Thompson's approval.
Ewing graduated from Georgetown in 1985 after being named consensus first-team all-American for three straight years, beginning when he was a sophomore.
Ewing, who is now an assistant coach with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, was congratulated by the franchise after the news broke Monday afternoon. He's worked with successful National Basketball Association coaches for over 10 years and yet he had to go take a job somewhere that, before this particular job, was not somewhere he wanted to be.
This has been a long time coming for Patrick as he was bound to get a head coaching gig sooner rather than later.