John Thompson III took the microphone and made a very un-JT3-like declaration.
Speaking in front of the Georgetown players, cheerleaders, pep band and the 1,000 or so students and other fans who had crowded into the campus dining hall to learn the Hoyas' NCAA tournament seeding, Thompson thanked them all for coming and added: ''We plan on being around for a while.''
And, no, he was not talking about loitering for an extra hour or two by the hot dog and nacho bars.
The coach who almost always measures his words carefully and avoids big-picture statements whenever possible has, in his own way, let it be known that he's expecting more than the usual when his Hoyas, seeded No. 2 in the East, begin the NCAAs with a round of 64 game against Florida Gulf Coast on Friday in Philadelphia.
As the crowd began to filter out from the Sunday gathering, Thompson was asked if his statement was a reflection of his expectations for this year's team. He answered simply: ''Yep.'' Asked to explain h...