Here’s an early look at the replacement scene.
* Multiple sources have told Casual Hoya and Ben Standig that Harvard coach Tommy Amaker is under strong consideration for the opening. Amaker, 51, is a Northern Virginia native, former star point guard for Duke and sports a resume that includes stops at Seton Hall and Michigan. His overall record during his 20 years as a head coach — the last 10 with the Ivy League program — is 369-244 with five NCAA Tournament appearances. Your mileage may vary about plucking a candidate from the Mike Krzyzewski coaching tree or whether Amaker represents a wow move for a program in need of a jolt after back-to-back losing seasons, but there’s plenty of appeal including recruiting ties to the area.
* According to another source, Texas coach Shaka Smart may have interest in the Big East program. Smart is coming off an 11-22 season with the Longhorns, but he was a major hire for Texas in 2015 after leading VCU to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances. VCU upset Georgetown en route to the 2011 Final Four.
* Nobody needs sources to recognize Patrick Ewing’s potential candidacy for this job. The first truly big time recruit under John Thompson Jr., Ewing led the Hoyas to three Final Four appearances and the 1984 national championship. The success also carried over into the program becoming a pop culture phenomenon with the imposing 7-foot center as the primary on-court image. Following a lengthy NBA career, Ewing put in work on the coaching front, serving as an NBA assistant since 2003.