Georgetown's new basketball coach talks about taking over the now-struggling program his father made famous.
SI: Have you contacted Patrick Ewing to see if he has any eligibility left?
Thompson III: Our compliance person is doing extensive research into it right now. I'm hoping to hear back soon.
SI: Your father hosts a radio sports-talk show in Washington, D.C. Do you expect him to get on you if you don't have a good start?
Thompson III: Oh, I know he will.
SI: You had a successful four-year run as coach at Princeton. Why leave for Georgetown?
Thompson III: Obviously Georgetown is part of who I am, and it's a chance to step up to a different stage. The opportunity to come to a powerful institution with a combination of academics and basketball tradition was very appealing.
SI: Former Princeton coach Pete Carril is one of your mentors. Do you have a favorite Carril expression?
Thompson III: Pete Carril's expressions are not suitable for print in your magazine. (Laughs.)
SI: Your brother, Ronny, said the biggest difference between you and your dad is that you're more mild-mannered. Agree or disagree?