Switching to hoops

The Tech men’s basketball team will get its first test of this young season when it takes on Dayton at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Should it get by the flyin’ Flyers, George Mason or Villanova await the next day.

So, coach Paul Hewitt should find out fairly quickly what is working well, and what needs to be worked on in December before the conference season begins on Dec. 20 against Florida State.


Back to football:

On CNNSI.com earlier today they posted their weekly Heisman watch, which is being dominated by running backs. Of course, Jonathan Dwyer’s name isn’t on there, despite the fact that his stats are easily comparable, and in one case, surpass the favorites.

Summarizing a few of their favorites:

Alabama’s Mark Ingram

194 rushes  1,297 yards  10 TDs

25 receptions  225 yards  3 TDs

Stanford’s Toby Gerhart

262 rushes  1,395 yards   19 TDs

8 receptions   87 yards

C.J. Spiller, Clemson

153 rushes   836 yards   6TDs

24 receptions     382 yards    3TDs

6 punt returns     191 yards    1TD

Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh

224 rushes     1,291 yards    13 TDs

17 receptions    142 yards     1 TD

Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

215 rushes       1,148 yards    17 TDs

62 receptions    397 yards     1 TD

Summarizing Dwyer:

183 rushes      1,203 yards    11 TDs

1 reception          11 yards

48 comments Add your comment

Savannah Jacket

November 17th, 2009
9:51 pm

Why does that not suprise me? Go figure GT gets over looked again.

We just need to stay focused and keep winning.

JD has a great NFL career ahead of him.

GT wreck

November 17th, 2009
10:06 pm

If your a true Tech fan, you need to support Coach Paul Hewitt. The man guided our team to the NCAA finals, he has not forgotten how to coach just hasn’t had the right players that were willing to stay. 2009-2010 is the year Baby !!!


November 17th, 2009
10:13 pm

Doug, should we petition to have Nesbitt considered for Heisman, who would be the contact person or organization? I realize that sounds naive but I do not care, they need to know how the GT fans feel, Nesbitt has the stats as good if not better than the rest of them.


November 17th, 2009
10:45 pm

I agree we all should support our players & coaches unless they are involved in actions which are illegal or immoral. Coach Paul Hewitt is a fine man, a great basketball coach, a solid recruiter and he is loyal to GT and all of his players (current & past).

He represents GT well and should be appreciated for his efforts!

Go GT!!


November 17th, 2009
11:06 pm

I’ll support the team, but not Hewitt. He should have been fired years ago. Of course he’s loyal to GT, name one other coach that gets paid 1.3 million to lose year after year? Best ACC record 9-7 (years ago).

CPH is the worst head coach in NCAA men and/or women sports. Bubble Bound Baby once again!!!

Can Dwyer coach Basketball?

Maybe it’s good he’s not being mentioned for the Heisman. This way he’ll come back next year.

the buck stops somewhere

November 18th, 2009
12:11 am

A true Tech fan needs to support mediocrity? I guess you wish Chan Gailey was still a head coach around here…Chan, a fine man, a good recruiter, good coach, loyal and good representative…average results. But at least he had a winning record in conference. Coach Hewitt…9 years…60-84 in the conference. 1 winning year in the conference.

Chan just didn’t have a lifetime contract…

GT wreck

November 18th, 2009
12:37 am

Sorry bud, anyone who compares Chan Gailey with Paul Hewitt is one of the biggest idiots i’ve ever encountered. There is a huge difference in playing for an ACC title, and Playing for a NCAA national championship. My words are to support Hewitt give him a chance, then evaluate at the end of this year.


November 18th, 2009
3:20 am

This will be a BIG year for GT hoops! While i wish stubborn Hewitt would of brought back one of his old assistants, i still think at worst… .were a sweet 16 team.

Ive been searching everywhere to see if the Dayton/ GT game is on TV. And i saw on Dayton message boards that the game will be shown on local tv in dayton channel 26 on Direct Tv.
My question is….. if little ol Dayton can cover the game… your telling me Atlanta cant!>???
WTF ESPN…. you have ol piss on TV but not 2 top 25 ranked teams!??
All the crap games that ESPN showed today on tv, but cant have this one on??
If anyone finds out the game will be on TV… PLEASE post on here!


November 18th, 2009
7:13 am

The GT-Dayton game is on CSS, at 11:30 AM.


November 18th, 2009
8:08 am

Uh… Which player above does Dwyer have better stats than? I don’t see one. If you focus on just rushing, then yes, I see your point. But there’s a reason people throw the ball, because it’s an equally valid way to gain yards.


November 18th, 2009
8:10 am

Too soon for hoops….. Lets play football…


November 18th, 2009
8:12 am

Blago, Dwyer is one of the BEST backs in the country, period! If you put Dwyer on Alabama’s team, then he is a legit candidate for the Heisman. The guy can run you over or out run you, I mean what more do these sissy sports writers want out of the guy…

Starring Peter Graves as Captain Clarence Over

November 18th, 2009
8:22 am

It’s time for Paul to get it done. No excuses. If he can’t beat a wretched UGA in Athens this year, then he’ll never beat them at the Stegarsauras.


November 18th, 2009
8:25 am

Folks, please correct me (and I know you will) if I’m wrong but, Isn’t the Heisman Trophy Award supposed to go to the player who has shown (over time) that he is a great football player and who has had the greatest impact on his team’s success? Jonathan Dwyer is a great running back; however, GT is loaded with those……the one player that GT can thank for all their success this year is…..Josh Nesbitt……without him, we’re just an ordinary team.

the buck stops somewhere

November 18th, 2009
8:52 am

Do they let you outside when the sun shines? If you accept a 1 year aberration and toss out the other 8 year’s body of work, you must love scratch off lottery tickets as well. He hasn’t made the NCAA’s 5 of the 9 years and made it to at least the Sweet 16 only once.

Any decent team playing a zone will drive us nuts this year. Anyone at the Indiana U. of Pa. game will have determined that…there weren’t many in attendance…were you there?


November 18th, 2009
9:00 am

dgroy, I think Josh is more deserving of the two. I disagree we are an ordinary team without him. For one, we’ll never know since he hasn’t been hurt.

I think Jaybo and Washington could get the job done. 9-2 or 8-3 at the worst.


November 18th, 2009
9:05 am

GT wreck you shouldn’t call anyone an idiot and defend CPH in the same breath. Pot calling the kettle…


November 18th, 2009
9:13 am

The Heisman has evolved into the ultimate beauty contest. It is no longer about the biggest impact player on a given team. It is more about the best player in the largest program who gets the most press. It’s sad, but true. It ought to be renamed the Mr. Football USA Award.

Midstate Jacket Fan

November 18th, 2009
9:30 am

Doug, Why is there such little activity going on on the Tech page? This is crunch time; we need stories and updates!!!!


November 18th, 2009
9:32 am

let’s hope & pray Sean’s ankle gets better…


November 18th, 2009
9:36 am

Midstate Jacket Fan

Talking basketball (especially with CPH at the helm) is like enjoying a filet mignon and some offers you a bit of their hotdog.


November 18th, 2009
9:44 am

Midstate, it’s an offweek for one. Not a lot to write about from the football team’s perspective.
Secondly, I’ve been working on things for next week’s papers, focused on the game.
Thirdly, well, there’s no thirdly. I just like saying thirdly.


November 18th, 2009
9:58 am

GT Wreck — You make it sound like the state of GT hoops is NOT Paul Hewitt’s fault. But he is responsible for recruiting those players. He controls the basketball program, so if he is recruiting the wrong players, that is on HIM, not the players who left early.

I also don’t consider him a good game coach. He is very much in the Bobby Cremins mold: great recruiter, not such a good on-court coach.

Paul Hewitt needs to win this year, and win big, otherwise he can go have a beer with Chan Gailey.


November 18th, 2009
9:58 am

Looking forward to basketball, but I am concerned CPH will find a way to ruin it…


November 18th, 2009
10:35 am

Hewitt is a very good coach and proved it on the court. His mistake has been trying to compete with Duke and NC by doing the same thing they do, namely loading up with guys with a certain future in the NBA. We can get a few but we can’t get enough to simply reload like Duke and NC do. Look at the team that went to the NCAA final. Not a single NBA superstar, just a good team. A few more NBA “hopefuls” to go with the NBA “sure things” should do the trick. Oh yeah, we need a three point threat or you can forget about it. Just like football, Tech can compete with the top programs but not every year.


November 18th, 2009
10:37 am

Dwyer, Nesbitt, Burnett, Tarrant and Jones should all be on there. We only have the most dominate football team ever established at any level of the game.


November 18th, 2009
10:46 am

Anyone out there who would like to cover Tech basketball this season? Go to http://isportsweb.com and send an email to the site administrators; Joe or Rob. You can write your opinion on all the GT games. They are looking for a correspondent who is interested.


November 18th, 2009
11:05 am

Nesbitt got my Heisman vote when he took that fumble back from the FSU player


November 18th, 2009
11:14 am

The Heisman has never been about the “biggest impact player on a given team” but rather, is (supposedly) an award given to the best college football player in the country – period. The best player on a given team is the rationale used for the MVP award in most professional sports.


November 18th, 2009
11:19 am

Paul Hewitt’s body of work has proven him to be way over his head as a basketball coach in the ACC. This year’s team has enough talent to win in spite of him. I think we are a tournament team but I think Hewitt will be gone after next season’s return to the lower third of the conference. We’ll see. I would love for Hewitt to prove me wrong.

GT wreck

November 18th, 2009
11:27 am

As I know, Paul Hewitt is no basketball god, I feel that there isn’t many coaches out there to replace him. At 1.3 million his is relatively towards the middle of the pack in the ACC (the best basketball conference) and I never liked Chan Gailey (lets get that straight, I was calling for his head after the 52-7 loss to Georgia) I do however think Paul Hewitt is a good coach for the money and agree with Horsie above. He needs to start getting players that will stay longer than 1 year and start making the program more consistent.


November 18th, 2009
11:31 am

Can someone please find a way that Marvin Lewis and BJ Elder still have eligibility so we can shoot the 3 this year?


November 18th, 2009
11:34 am

I’d rather make a free throw

GT wreck

November 18th, 2009
11:34 am

I agree with the masses though, that if Paul Hewitt doesn’t get at least to the second round of the tournament this year, He will and should be outta here


November 18th, 2009
12:24 pm

paul hewitt is a terrific recruiter, but a TERRIBLE coach. our base offense consists of throwing the ball around the top of the key until the point guard drives to the basket. we do not cut to the ball, run pick and rolls, run a wheel, run backdoor cuts, etc. unless the D is playing straight up man where we can dump it into the post or beat a guy off the dribble, we have nothing. this is the only team i know of that you have to hold your breath on every out of bounds play just hoping we don’t turn it over. this is the only team i know of that almost NEVER runs anything successful after a timeout. hewitt’s non-existent offense relies solely on the backs of his guards. he rode the talent of Jack, Bynum, Lewis, and Elder to the NC game and hasn’t done squat since.

that being said – i LOVE GT bball and will watch every game that i can, rooting for my jackets just as i have since Price and Salley helped Cremins turn the program around.

If you add CJ Spiller's...

November 18th, 2009
2:39 pm

…2-3 kick-off returns for TDs (which you conveniently left off) to his stats (+ 1 touchdown pass THROWN) then there is no comparison as to who the best player this year has been. But, unfortunately, the award is Colt McCoy’s to lose!

nebraska jacket

November 18th, 2009
2:58 pm

Guys let’s calm down on the CPH talk. The season is hardly underway and everyone wants him gone. I know this won’t happen but I wish we could just go through the season and focus on the team not coach hiewit being fired all the time. DRads not going to fire him during the season so just relax on paul and enjoy the new season.

Andrew Sherwin (The Dude)

November 18th, 2009
3:38 pm

For those who missed The Wall Street Journal’s article about NCAA Men’s Basketball coach’s salaries…
“Among coaches who have verifiable annual salaries above $1 million and at least four years of tenure at their current schools, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt provided the least value.”


Hewitt blows.

he is the coach this year

November 18th, 2009
4:51 pm

and disparaging remarks do not contribute to the good will of the team.

There is a time for all things and the beginning of a season is a poor time to gripe about the coach.
What purpose does it serve?


November 18th, 2009
5:27 pm

Hewitt’s teams lose on the defensive side of the court. Kids nowadays won’t buy into the defensive strategy. That’s at just about any program outside the state of NC…that and the ability to shoot free throws even at the NBA level has about lost me as a hoops fan.


November 18th, 2009
6:55 pm

I thought I posted this but it doesn’t seem to have made it through.

Can we just stop going back and forth about Hewitt on these blogs. This is Hewitt’s make or break year. If the team doesn’t finish in the top 4 of the ACC and make it past the 2nd round of the NCAA’s he will be gone, no matter that we will have to shell out big $$ to get rid of him. He knows it, we know it, DRAD knows it.

DRAD has proven that he will not tolerate mediocrity. He has raised the bar for GT Athletics and expects the programs to all be winners. CPJ has also raised the bar and Hewitt either needs to match the success or he will be gone. Hewitt has the talent this year to be a winner so there are no excuses.

Now let’s let the season unfold and enjoy(hopefully) the team.


November 18th, 2009
9:26 pm

Is the game tomorrow morning on TV doug?


November 18th, 2009
9:28 pm

Has anyone seen how well Will Bynum is doing in the nba. And Anthony Morrow too. We have so many players doing well in the nba yet nothing to show for it in college except for 2004. Makes you wonder about the coaching.


November 19th, 2009
4:43 pm

1st time blogger… Based on what I have been reading from alot of TECH fans on various sites… the concensus is that WE will absolutely demolish UGA. As a long time TECH fan ( 50 yrs, or since I can remember), there has been only 1 TECH team that I can remember that was unanimasly expected to beat UGA, and that team was the 1990 NC Team. Yes, we had better players on that team than UGA… I think we put more guys in the Pros thay year. But that was yesterday for Ga Tech & UGA. This is today for GT & UGA. We have a pretty good team with pretty good talent, and, I think, a VERY good coach. But guess what, UGA has at least as good talent(and probably better)and a VERY good coach as well. So what does that mean… I think that means that this will be a very hard faught game that will be within 6 points, either team wins. So,to think that we can whip them by 40 ain’t gonna happen. The only thing we can do as fans, allumini, season ticket holders is to be there to support the JACKETS!!!! IN THIS GAME AND THE FOLLOWING GAMES.


November 19th, 2009
4:48 pm

Hewitt needs to go. He is a great recruiter, but can’t coach. This team should be able to beat the 18th ranked team without any trouble. Hewitt is just like Gailey was as football coach. Enough is enough. Roy Williams would probably go undefeated with this team. The talent is there. I just don’t see him doing anything special this year with all this talent.


November 20th, 2009
9:03 am

Watching the Tech/Dayton game yesterday, it’s clear to me that the problems plaguing Tech last year have not been fixed. I refer to free throw shooting (11 of 20), 3-pointers (2 of 8), and turnovers (26!!). Another thing that jumped out in the box score was the grand total of 7 assists.

I know it’s early in the season, and this is a young team, but these glaring deficiencies that seem to have carried over from last year will have to be corrected if Tech’s going to make any noise this year.

I respect Paul Hewitt as a person, but I have strong reservations about his ability to “coach up” his players. He’s proven to be a great recruiter, and he’s rounded up a very talented group of “individuals” this year; the question is whether or not he can turn them into a “team”.

If he can’t win with this group, I’ll be convinced that he needs to go. Although with his perpetual rollover contract, I doubt GT can afford to pull the trigger.


November 20th, 2009
10:45 am

drew, as I stated above, if needed the trigger will be pulled. The program will lose more financially if the team falters and the fans stop showing up/buying season tickets.

Yep, same problems as last season. Let’s see what happens today and in the coming games. Shumpert needs to get a clue that he is not the star of the team. No reason for him to have more shots than both Lawal and Favors. Those two are the stars of this team and the entire offense should revolve around getting them the ball.
Now how Lawal has 8 TO’s I don’t know. I didn’t get to see the game but sounds like he gave away a few potential assists with those TO’s.

I fully hope that the team turns it around, because I will have a hard time stomaching another season like last year. I don’t think DRAD could stomach it either.


November 21st, 2009
12:26 pm

Haven’t seen or heard a game yet, but let me guess…25+ turnovers, sub 60% FT shooting, and Hewitt boasts that this year’s team is long and athletic.