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LEGEND: First BIG EAST Tournament Since Passing of Coach John Thompson

Thompson was a six-time Big East Conference Tournament champion (1980, 1982, 1984-85, 1987, 1989)

Patrick Ewing with Coach John Thompson

There’s not enough time to write up a post for each “first” since the passing of the legendary basketball coach, John Thompson Jr., last August but the first BIG EAST Tournament seems to be a big enough milestone.

Starting in 1980, Thompson led the building of the Big East Conference and had some great success during his storied tenure at the helm of the Georgetown Hoyas.

Thompson was a six-time Big East Conference Tournament champion (1980, 1982, 1984-85, 1987, 1989). The tournament games in 1980 and 1982 were held in Providence and Hartford, respectively, before permanently moving to Madison Square Garden.

Georgetown was runner-up in 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1996.

Thompson was also the radio announcer for many years.

Of course, some of the stories are the best parts of Thompson at the Big East Tournament.

The NABC coaches, of course, wore their towels last month to celebrate Thompson during Black History Month. BIG EAST coaches have been showing respect and support for all he did throughout the tumultuous season.

Fans will want to keep their ears out for the end of the academic year when the new John Thompson Jr. Award for will be given out to recognize significant efforts to fight prejudice and discrimination and advance positive societal change.

In the meantime, hopefully the Hoyas have a little help from Thompson on Wednesday when they face Marquette.