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Georgetown coaching legend John Thompson Jr. passes away at 78

The college basketball world awoke with a jolt of sadness Monday morning, as it was announced that legendary Georgetown Hoyas basketball coach John Thompson Jr. passed away overnight at the age of 78.

Breaking News: Legendary Georgetown Coach John Thompson has passed away. The Hall of Famer became the first African-American head coach to win the NCAA National Championship, leading the Hoyas to the 1984 title. Coach Thompson will be greatly missed.

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The Thompson family released a statement a short time ago.