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The Patriot League has made their announcement, what does it mean for GU?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 17 Holy Cross at Georgetown Photo by Bradley Rex/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The slow trickle of July college basketball news is appearing as discussion about the (pandemic-impaired) season schedules, as well as some Patrick Ewing appearances in the media.

With 7 new players, the Georgetown Hoyas are bound to look different next year, but Coach Patrick Ewing has been slowly revealing some thoughts as to how this team might look this season. Ewing-highlights have been all over the interwebs these past several days with #PatWeek celebrating Patrick Ewing by MSG Networks and the Knicks.

The BIG EAST has remained quiet about scheduling—not even a release for Gavitt Games matchups in June—but today there was some news about Georgetown’s football conference.

Football teams are far larger than basketball teams and travel logistics ($) may be driving this decision.

Still, not to be too much of a downer, but chances of college sports are looking slimmer each day. For college basketball to have a legitimate chance of playing something resembling a schedule, fans should likely look more to any success in Major League Baseball starting. The travel via chartered flights and buses of baseball may better approach a solution than looking at a bubble site example such as the NBA.

Here are the links:

#BIGEASThoops Summer Notebook | BIGEAST

“We’re going to be different because we have lost a lot,” said Patrick Ewing, who will enter his fourth season as the Hoyas’ head coach. “We hope that Jahvon Blair and Jamorko Pickett can lead us in their senior season.”

Blair, a 6-4 guard from Ontario, Canada, broke out to close his junior season. Over the last 11 games of the Hoyas’ campaign, he averaged 16.7 points per game with four 20-plus point performances...

“I think Qudus Wahab is going to have a great career here at Georgetown,” said Ewing with a smile. “I believe in him. He knows that I do. There was one game that he had six blocked shots, and I told him, ‘Don’t tease me with just one of those games. I need about 20 of those.’ He’s a hard worker and he’s eager to work. The sky’s the limit.”

FOOTBALL | Dan Graziano: Hoya and ESPN Reporter | THEHOYA

Freshman year, Dikembe Mutombo (SLL ’91) and Alonzo Mourning (COL ’92) were both on the team. That was fun, and the memory that stands out is early that year, like in November or December, Duke came in and we actually beat them. It was incredible. I remember because my brother who was down visiting who would actually go to Duke and was obsessed with Duke, I was able to get in his face about that for a while. That was kind of a high point because Mourning got hurt in that game and didn’t play again until the Big East tournament.

At that point the seeding was all messed up and they ended up being an eighth seed [in the NCAA Tournament], had to play UNLV in the second round, and the next year was kind of disappointing as well. Junior year, after Mourning was gone, we actually missed the tournament for the first time in like 16 or 18 years. One of the first games I went to was the Duke game freshman year, and it turned out to be the high point of Georgetown basketball while I was there. I was not there during any kind of glory days for sure.

Big East offer tracker (July 13): A quieter week, new offers, cuts, and more! | BIGEASTCOASTBIAS

2023 forward Malik Bowman (Washington, D.C./Bishop Walsh) received an offer from Georgetown...

2022 forward Kyle Filipowski (Westtown, N.Y./Wilbraham & Monson) received an offer from Georgetown...

2023 forward Jalen Lewis (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd) received an offer from Georgetown.

Patriot League cancels fall sports due to virus | ESPN

“From a health and well-being standpoint, things are not getting better in this country,” Patriot League commissioner Jennifer Heppel told ESPN. “As we get closer to the point where students are going to be making plans to how they travel back to our campuses as well as student-athletes, it became clear for us that this wasn’t going to be in the best interest of our communities to have athletics this fall. That’s the decision that had been made. It’s incredibly disappointing for our student-athletes and our coaches, and it’s not a decision anybody is feeling good about. It’s sad. It’s gut-wrenching.”

A source told ESPN that all options, including a spring football season, are on the table for when the conference would resume sports competition.

State of the program: Virginia men’s basketball | DAILYPROGRESS

The Wahoos have a thrilling nonconference schedule this year, with games against teams such as Temple and Villanova scheduled for the first two months of the year. A tournament with Georgetown, Kansas and UCLA also sits on the Wahoos’ schedule, but it’s unclear if travel to California will be allowed in late November.

Kansas basketball: Four-star Frankie Collins lists Jayhawks in top 8 | THROUGHTHEPHOG

Frankie Collins is a baller that could really help Kansas basketball, and it looks like the Jayhawks have a chance to land him. Collins listed Kansas in his top eight schools recently on Twitter, along with Michigan, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, USC, Georgetown, and New Mexico State...

He’s rated as a four-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals, with 247’s composite rankings putting him at No. 56 overall in his class. Currently attending Compass Prep in Arizona, Collins has some really good highlights. He can score from anywhere on the floor, and he’s a great passer too. He seems like the kind of player that could come and follow in the footsteps of some of the great point guards [], especially if he stays for three or four seasons.