Ed Cooley’s first season with the Georgetown men’s basketball team has not gone quite as planned. The Hoyas lost 76-70 to Seton Hall Wednesday, dropping them to 8-14.
Cooley spent the previous 12 seasons at Providence before leaving for Georgetown, leading the Friars to seven NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure.
Cooley guided the Hoyas to a 5-2 start this season, but Georgetown has struggled against Big East opponents.
Head coach Ed Cooley of the Georgetown Hoyas reacts during the first half of a game against the Seton Hall Pirates at Prudential Center Feb. 7, 2024, in Newark, N.J. Seton Hall defeated Georgetown 76-70. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
A heckler took aim at Cooley during the Hoyas’ most recent game at New Jersey’s Prudential Center. The unidentified fan mentioned Cooley’s multimillion-dollar salary.
“That’s $7 million per win,” someone from the student section yelled, according to the Asbury Park Press. The comment was an apparent reference to the Hoyas’ 1-10 record in Big East play.
The first-year coach decided to address the heckler with a short, profanity-laced response.
“You know what, I’m rich as a motherf—–r. I’m rich as s—,” Cooley said moments after Georgetown’s seventh consecutive loss.
Head coach Ed Cooley of the Georgetown Hoyas watches a game against the Butler Bulldogs at Entertainment & Sports Arena Jan. 23, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (G Fiume/Getty Images)
The terms of Cooley’s contract with Georgetown have not been made public. However, previous reports stated that the university had to offer a significant sum to entice Cooley to leave Providence.
Last month, Cooley returned to Rhode Island, and Providence fans did not give him a warm welcome. Shortly before the game tipped off, fans inside the arena began a vulgar “F— Ed Cooley” chant.
Chantz Martin is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.