Vanderbilt's men's basketball program made a shocking news at the end of the week, firing head coach Bryce Drew following his third season.
Stadium's Jeff Goodman first reported the news of the firing. Vanderbilt's new athletic director, Malcolm Turner, confirmed it with a statement.
“Vanderbilt is committed to competing at the highest levels on and off the court," Turner said in a statement. "After careful consideration, we've decided to make a change to the leadership of our men’s basketball program. Bryce has represented Vanderbilt in exceptional fashion in his time here. I appreciate all of the contributions Bryce has made over the past three seasons to Vanderbilt, and we wish him all the best.”
A former Big East head coach has reportedly emerged as the favorite for the job.
Former Georgetown head coach John Thompson III is reportedly the frontrunner for the position, per Adam Zagoria.
From the report:
Former Georgetown coach John Thompson III is the “leader” to replace Bryce Drew at Vanderbilt, according to multiple sources.
Thompson, 53, was fired at Georgetown in 2017 after 13 seasons that featured eight NCAA Tournament appearances. He led the Hoyas to the 2007 Final Four and a Sweet 16 in 2006. He also coached his alma mater Princeton to two NCAA Tournaments in four years. He currently serves as an assistant coach with USA Basketball.
“JT3 would be great,” one Division 1 head coach said. “He’s a terrific guy and would be a great fit there.”
Thompson III, 53, was Georgetown's head coach from 2004-17. He led the Hoyas to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four in 2007.