THE LATE, GREAT JOHN THOMPSON JR. CHANGED HIS MIND ABOUT PAYING PLAYERS

By Tom Brennan

The late, great John Thompson Jr. wasn’t only a great basketball coach at Georgetown.

He was also an intelligent thinker who looked at things in an evolutionary manner.

For most of his career, Thompson Jr., who died at the age of 78 in August, felt that paying players was not needed. Late in his life, that changed.

Thompson explained his original line of thinking in a posthumous NY Times op-ed adapted from his forthcoming book “I Came as a Shadow: An Autobiography with journalist Jesse Washington.

“For many years, I resisted the idea of paying players,” Thompson wrote.

“I felt that it would be too hard to change the system, and that paying players would create more problems than it solved. I thought we had dug our own grave so deep we couldn’t throw the shovel out.”

“At this point, I believe the best course for college basketball is sharing revenue with players,” Thompson wrote.

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