Georgetown assistant coach Robert Kirby has reportedly left Georgetown for an assistant position at LSU. Kirby, who was considered Georgetown's best recruiting asset on John Thompson III's staff since coming to Georgetown from Mississippi State in 2010, will join new head coach Johnny Jones's bench at LSU.
In coaching staff news, assistant Robert Kirby has left Georgetown and is now at LSU. Could they make a late run at Devonta Pollard?— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) April 28, 2012
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In what may have already been a swift move to replace Kirby on the staff, casual spies have reported that John Thompson III is currently on the recruiting trail in Arkansas with former Hoyas assistant coach Kevin Broadus. Broadus, who rejoined the staff as a 'Special Assistant' last June after a well-publicized stint as the head coach at Binghamton, was not previously permitted to recruit on the road. With Broadus now at JT3's side, it appears that Broadus will be moving back into the lead recruiter spot on the bench, a position he previously occupied when Georgetown reached the Final Four in 2007.
Kirby was a great asset to the school in his two years on the Hilltop, being the lead recruiter for a number of current Hoyas, including Otto Porter. Kirby was also thought to have been the lead recruiter for Mississippi native Devonta Pollard, who was on campus just last week and is set to make his decision by next Friday.
Though the timing of this move isn't great as far as Georgetown's recruitment of Pollard goes, for Kirby it was the right move. The chance to get back to the south and turn around the LSU program was one that he couldn't pass up, and he is a great hire for Johnny Jones.
We'll obviously have more as this story develops (and as soon as the school makes it's usual delayed announcement). Nothing like a little breaking news on a Friday night, on Georgetown Day no less.