Since Georgetown opens its NCAA Tournament this evening (against VCU, 9:50 p.m.), we thought we could share some of McKenna's playful examination of the "whitelessness" of Georgetown basketball:
Far as I can tell, the record books also indicate that [in 2003], no white player had started a game for the Hoyas since December 1996, when Thompson sent Brendan Gaughan out for three minutes at the beginning of a Christmas tournament game in Las Vegas against Pacific. Turned out Gaughan's father, Michael Gaughan, and grandfather Jackie Gaughan owned three casinos in Vegas, and around that time Thompson had filed an application with the Nevada Gaming Control Board for a license in hopes of buying into the Gaughan family's slot-machine operation. Putting the walk-on Gaughan in the lineup was just kissing up to the gambling crowd. Georgetown President the Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan put the kibosh on Thompson's gambling endeavor, saying it wouldn't be appropriate for the school. So throwing the youngest Gaughan a bone didn't signal a change in attitude from Thompson II. (In the only start Gaughan ever got, the Hoyas got whupped by Pacific, btw.)
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Cheap Seats Daily: Hoyas Women's Basketball Has a Feeling of Whitelessness? [Washington City Paper]