In defense of John Thompson, I find it upsetting that Jim Murray failed to point out that while at Georgetown, Thompson has graduated close to 90% of his athletes. The academic program that Thompson has helped to establish is recognized as one of the best and most successful in the country.
Why should the NCAA have the power to tell Thompson or any other coach whom they can allow into their program? If Thompson feels that he can take a student-athlete into his program and give them a quality education, or at least the opportunity to get an eduction, why should the NCAA be allowed to say no?
That's where John Thompson is "coming from."