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Georgetown Basketball: Mike Brey, Shaka Smart Reject Hoyas

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The Georgetown basketball team can’t seem to get their guy.

Shortly after parting with coach John Thompson III, the Hoyas began actively and aggressively searching for a replacement. They say you should aim moon, because even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.

In Georgetown’s case, though, they just have to look further down their list.

According to CBS sports, the Hoyas overtures to lure coaches Mike Brey and Shaka Smart form their respective universities went for not after they both declined the opportunity to take over the helm at Georgetown.

Georgetown initially aimed high in its attempt to replace John Thompson III and reached out to both Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and Texas’ Shaka Smart, a source told CBS Sports. But the source added that Brey and Smart each respectfully declined to pursue the job. So Georgetown’s search remains wide open.

With even a cursory examination of each of the coaches current job status, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they both decided to stay put. Texas coach Shaka Smart has a highly rated class set to arrive on campus for next semester, and Mike Brey has coached the Fighting Irish near the top of the ACC.

Georgetown isn’t nearly the desirable landing spot it was only three or four years ago. The Hoyas have failed to win more than 15 games in the previous two seasons, and don’t have any heir apparent’s in place to turn the program around.

There aren’t many head coaching jobs available when you compare them to the number of coaches willing to fill them, so someone qualified and capable will slot into the spot in Georgetown eventually. It won’t be their top choice, though.

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    Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a New York city based stand-up comedian. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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