Ed Cooley, the Providence College men’s basketball head coach, has announced that he will be leaving to lead Georgetown, the rival team, after a week of speculation. This move marks an unprecedented shift in Big East conference history, as Cooley becomes the first head coach to make an intraconference move. Providence College has announced that it will begin a national search for Cooley’s replacement immediately, while Georgetown looks for a new coach to replace Patrick Ewing. Cooley’s decision came after Georgetown asked PC for permission to speak with him. Despite his Rhode Island background, Cooley has a 242-153 record as head coach of Providence, having led the team to seven NCAA Tournament appearances and two conference titles. In a 12 Sports exclusive, Cooley previously denied that his decision was related to Providence, its program, players or administration.

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