- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2003


Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
BATTLING WESLEY? Georgetown's explanation of why 6-foot-11 center Wesley Wilson left the team changes from day to day. First, it was back spasms. Then, coach Craig Esherick said it was for "personal reasons" accompanied by academic problems. Now it's just a leave of absence.
College basketball sources said Wilson's unexpected departure from the program is none of the above. The word is that Wilson got into a ugly locker room brawl with three teammates after Georgetown's 93-92 double-overtime loss at Notre Dame last Saturday and apparently came up on the short end of the fight.
WHERE'S THE EXTENSION? Georgetown coach Craig Esherick was supposed to have had his contract extended by now, but things haven't gone well lately for the Hoyas and there has been no word on the new deal. It appears Georgetown's athletic administration might be hedging over extending Esherick's contract through the 2009 season.
College basketball sources said Georgetown's athletic administration might be looking into an amicable separation between Esherick and the school at the end of the season.
Sources also said Princeton coach John Thompson III, the eldest son of legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson, and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt would be strongly considered if the Hoyas' coaching job opened.
Ken Wright

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