As Kevin said, we’ve had a lot of trouble with our site and our blogs this summer, so we apologize for not exactly being on top of everything that has gone on so far. But here’s a summary of the major news that we’ve seen throughout Summer ’09:
May 12: University of Delaware President Patrick Harker announced that Georgetown Athletic Director Bernard Muir would take the same position at Delaware beginning July 6, which is actually tomorrow. The Hoya ran an article on Muir’s departure in its May 15th issue.
June 3: Dan Porterfield, a longtime professor and administrator at Georgetown, was appointed as Interim AD. The news was released by the university in the summer print issue of BlueÂ & Gray.Â The Porterfield story existed as a rumor before it could officially be reported.
June 18: Georgetown announced that the annual homecoming football game will be played on Saturday, September 26 against Howard. The Hoyas were slated to face off against Richmond, but those plans were altered.Â
June 24: John Thompson III announced that former Princeton and American assistant Michael Brennan would be joining his coaching staff. GUHoyas.com released an article on Brennan with the following quote from Thompson:
“I am very happy to have Mike join our staff. We won three league titles together at Princeton and since then he has won two more at American. His knowledge and understanding of the game are invaluable, but just as important is his ability to teach, instruct and pass that knowledge on to our players. His experiences as a player and coach will provide us with varied insights.”
Brennan replaced Robert Burke, whose departure had been a rumor for months. It is still unclear why Burke will not be returning. In May, his name was mysteriously missing from the staff directory on the university’s official website. Then, in June, Burke was no longer listed as an assistant coach on GUHoyas.com. Aside from a brief mention in this article, there has been no concrete news out of Georgetown about Burke.
But hey, even ESPN’s Andy Katz had trouble getting any information for a May 15th blog post:
“Georgetown is on lockdown regarding information on assistant coach Robert Burke. Multiple sources have said Burke is out as an assistant coach, despite being close friends with head coach John Thompson III (the two went to high school together in the D.C. area). But Thompson isn’t returning calls or text messages, and the Georgetown sports information staff won’t confirm or deny Burke’s employment status. Calls to Burke weren’t returned, either.”
Yet according to AUEagles.com, Burke has taken an assistant job at American (so in essence, he and Brennan have traded jobs) but still, there’s nothing concrete that has come out of Georgetown Athletics to report on as far as Burke is concerned. For now, we know for sure that Burke is out and Brennan is in.
June 25: Former Hoya forward DaJuan Summers, who left school a year early, was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 35th pick in the NBA Draft. Many projected Summers as an early second-round pick, so no surprise there.