Hewitt talks about tweets, the AJC and his team

Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt approved a series of tweets from GTCoachHewitt on Wednesday to fans and  those who have questioned his team:

  • Clearly we are playing our best basketball of the season. Don’t believe what you read from the “experts.” Believe what you see.
  • As we are coming to the latter part of the season, now is not the time to be judgemental. You all need to come out and support this team.
  • Are you a critic or a supporter of this team? Supporters will continue to watch this team fight.
  • To you critics: when athletes say some of the things you say, then you condemn them as quitters. Are you quitting?
  • I believe in this team!

With what many analysts and opposing coaches say is the best frontcourt talent in the ACC, the Yellow Jackets are 18-9, 6-7 this season, which puts them seventh in the ACC this season. Depending upon which NCAA tournament blog you read, they will either safely make the field of 65 for the first time since 2007, or they are on the bubble. The team is 1-6 on the road in the conference this season, including last week’s last-second 76-74 loss to Maryland. After hosting Boston College on Saturday, the team will play at Clemson and will host Virginia Tech as it tries to secure its spot in the NCAAs. The ACC tournament starts March 11 in Greensboro.

Hewitt is 172-140 in 10 seasons at Tech, including 67-89 in the conference and 6-5 in the NCAAs. His salary is $1.375 million a year, with a buyout of close to $7 million that rolls over every year.

Tech had media day on Thursday, and Hewitt spent about 10 minutes discussing the tweets and why they were sent out. I’ve transcribed the discussion below so that Hewitt’s words will be out in cyberspace, unfiltered and mostly unedited (I cleaned up run-on sentences and thoughts that were started and then stopped).

In italics I’ve included the facts that Hewitt refers to regarding statistics for the team and other items of note, either confirming them or clarifying them.

I’ve only interviewed Hewitt three times, but he’s always come across as very cool and collected. Today was the same. It may appear that it got loud, for a lack of a better word, but it didn’t. I think in some cases Hewitt used you to refer to me, and other times he used you to refer to people in general.

Me: Can you clarify the tweets that went out yesterday?

Hewitt: Everybody’s entitled to think what they want to think. But at some point you have to protect the effort of your staff and I think we are on the verge of getting to the NCAA tournament.

We are the youngest team in the ACC. You can choose to look at it as they are underachieving. You can choose to look at it as they are performing to expectations. You can choose to look it as they are overachieving. However you choose to look at it, support the team.

These guys work extremely hard. They go out and represent their school with tremendous class,  in the class room, in the community and on the court. Quite frankly, I think some of the coverage is reduced to cyberbullying. But never question what these guys are doing and the effort they are putting out.

Really, what it comes down to, which is unfortunate I think, because I’m such a fan of journalism, a lot of the coverage is reduced to cyberbullying as opposed to giving some objective facts. Someone pointed out to me the other day that 41 percent of our minutes are played by freshmen. That’s the highest of anybody in the ACC in the top half or on the verge of the NCAA tournament. North Carolina and N.C. State are the other two over 35 percent of their minutes played are from freshmen. That’s got to be worth something.

*The four freshmen average 31 points per game and average 41 percent of the available minute, according to Tech basketball assistant SID Mike Stamus. That percentage leads the ACC.

You’re talking about a team that’s one of the top 10 defensive teams in the country. Defense is all about teamwork, effort and dedication.

* Tech is tied for 85th in points allowed (64.6) and fourth in field-goal percentage defense (37.2).

Now, free-throw shooting…the San Antonio Spurs have trouble with free throws. If you want to start bash guys for free throws, you don’t know how hard some of these guys work at it to the point I have to throw them out of the gym to go and do their homework.

* Tech is 285th in the NCAA (.647) and 12th in the ACC (.647).

I just think that it’s unclear what I’m saying is not lashing out. I’m asking people to pick a side. Either you’re with us or against us. But pick a side. Don’t degrade the effort, the intelligence the dedication of anybody associated with the program.

If you choose to pick a side, that’s you. I’m not lashing out at anybody. The overwhelming majority of people I come in contact with are like “Coach, you guys are working your tails off. We appreciate how hard you guys work. Your guys are class kids.”

But again, I do think there are times, when it’s unfortunate because journalism is such a powerful tool and coverage is powerful, that it’s cyberbullying. That’s all it is.

Me: When you say cyberbullying, are you referring to…

Hewitt: Some of your writers. Some of your writers. Doug, I haven’t read your paper since 2005. After the 2005 season, when that team that went to the ACC finals and went to the second round and lost to Louisville was absolutely bashed, I said there’s no objectivity here. But, one of your former colleagues came by to see me the other day and said “I guess they went after you again, after a road loss.” I said “Really?” It’s just to the point of what are we looking at? Are we really that bad? We’re on the verge of the tournament. But yet, anything I hear out of your paper I hear is a negative slant.

We’re young, we’re a great defensive team. I’m not sure what else I can say. As far as the people who write in or comment, that’s fine. Just pick a side. If you want to come and help this team get over the hump, that’s what it’s about. There’s nothing better than when a team wins, how it brings the whole community together.

This team really goes out and plays hard to make the community proud. If you choose to be negative, and choose not to support, that’s your prerogative too. Just pick a side.

Me: If may ask one more question, when you ask about picking a side it seems most of the people who responded on twitter are dividing the players from you. They say they support the players but don’t support you for a variety of reasons.

Hewitt: That’s your perspective. The guy who runs the account for me says a variety of them are supportive of me and the team.

I’m just telling you what the guys tell me.

Me: There were a few that supported the coach, but there are equally dividing it up between you and the players.

Hewitt: Why does it have to get down to the issue of blame and judgment?

Me: Well, the tweets went out, telling people are you a critic or a supporter.

Hewitt: It’s not lashing out, believe me. It’s about simply, you’ve got to protect your staff and players. Especially when you know, and I hope you write this, that you’re not letting the facts get in the way of the true story. Again, we’re the youngest team, one of the top defensive teams. We just played a killer game against the second-best team in the league right now and lost on a tough shot. Now, because you can read a scoreboard and because the scoreboard doesn’t come out the way you want to, you can criticize what’s going on with the team. I’m not sure that’s objective. Anyone who saw that game or was at that game would say they played their butts off and took a pretty good shot to beat them.

If it’s about reading the scoreboard, my 11-year-old can read a scoreboard and come down on one side.

Coley Harvey of the Macon Telegraph: ….Were you thrown off by this reaction?

Hewitt: I had a couple of people who follow us, some in the media, who are friends of mine said this stuff’s out of hand right now. I was like “What?” Again, I don’t read you. You have to decide. This type of cyber-bullying undermines recruiting, not with this group but I can see where it undermines the fabric of a team.

[Hewitt told an anecdote about Vinny Del Negro]

We’re recruiting here. We have people who are trying to determine between us and other teams. The truth is we have a young basketball team that’s playing really well. You mean to tell me that if Cliff Tucker misses that shot it changes the reality of where we are going?

Now, if we come out on Saturday and play flat, don’t play hard, turn the ball over all over the place and don’t look prepared, that’s different. Second half of Miami, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Maryland, those are the best stretches of basketball we’ve played, gosh, in two yearas. At least be objective and say there’s something going on right here.

The scoreboard is important, don’t get me wrong. Even if you read the scoreboard, we’re the third-ranked APR team in the ACC. People pretty much have us solidly in the field. Am I wrong? So then, why all of this ‘The plane is going down.’

Paul Griffin, my assistant AD, says we have the toughest strength of the schedule in the ACC and perhaps the nation. Come on now, tell the truth at least. your thoughts of me, your opinion of me might be one way. That’s fine, I understand that. But at least tell the truth of what’s really going on with the team.

*Tech’s SOS is 14th in the nation and the RPI has their non-conference SOS is fourth in the ACC.

I’ll make one last point, and what your guys don’t understand, when you undermine a program you’re not hurting the coach. You’re hurting the kids that have a chance to play this game. The coaches go on. Those kids have 1-4 years to have a great experience. I can list guys who had to deal with it and went on and they’re doing fine. But what about the kids who are on the team in the program in the heat of a season and allow doubt to creep in from outside.

That’s what Bill Parcells always talks about, you fight three things: you fight the vision from within, you fight the other opponent and you fight outside influences. You’ve got to address those outside influences at some point, especially during critical junctures in the season, especially when they’re not true.

Me: He also says you are what your record says you are, and you’re less than .500.

Hewitt: That’s the NFL. There’s balanced schedules in the NFL. Everybody plays two times. You’re not going to tell me that our schedule isn’t the same. It’s just not true. There’s a classic example of understanding the facts and not reporting the facts. There’s a big reason why Strength of Schedule is a big part of the NCAA equation. That quote about ‘you are what your record is,’ that’s the NFL. That’s the NBA.

Years ago, that was the ACC. That is not college basketball today. You guys very well know that. Am I right or wrong?

Now again, personal feelings aside, report the facts. Report the facts. That’s all I’m asking.

170 comments Add your comment

Rt

February 25th, 2010
5:48 pm

Sooooo, you don’t read the papers but are aware of the cyber bullying?

You are less than .500 in 9 years but your busting on your record is busting on the kids on the team? Which of the 9 teams are we busting on?

You continue to make millions and under-perform.

YOU Paul Hewitt are a disgrace. If you had any class you would save the kids of the future and quit.

Bobby Cremins

February 25th, 2010
5:48 pm

Me thinks CPH is feeling the heat!

Scott

February 25th, 2010
5:53 pm

Enter your comments here

Scott

February 25th, 2010
5:54 pm

Sounds a little Bush-like to me…”either you’re with us or you’re against us.” Hewitt comes off a little wacky here.

Brian

February 25th, 2010
5:58 pm

Wait a minute, he actually says record doesn’t matter? What world is he living in? 1-6 on the road matters, Paul. Hate to break it to ya.

GT For You And Me

February 25th, 2010
6:12 pm

Hewitt must have got my message to D-Rad. I sent it 2 weeks ago,and D-Rad thanked me for it.. The heat is on Hewitt. If he fails to make the tourney this yr. He will be gone in my opinion. Regardless of the cost…

StraightJacket

February 25th, 2010
6:15 pm

Doug, with all due respect, some of your “questions” aren’t “questions”; they’re statements. I wasn’t in your interview room, but they READ like disrespectful, badgering, “stiir-up-the-hornets-nest” comments like me ex-wife used to make.

Two examples: Your last “question” would sound MUCH more respectful IF it were INDEED a question, say, “Parcells also says you are what your record says you are; with your conference record less than 0.500, how would you assess your record against a Parcells’-like evaluation?” … or something like that. 2nd example: “They say they support the players but don’t support you for a variety of reasons.” Again,… a statement. Why not show some respect by adding an actual QUESTION: “Would you agree or disagree, why or why not”? You may SAY that goes “without saying”, but your “questioning” without respect is “baiting” for a defensive answer, and just seems like a counter-productive journalism exercise to me.

Other comments: Hewitt is right about 2 things. First, Tech has really gotten the short-end of the stick in the Basketball “un”-balanced ACC schedule, and NOT just this year. Second, fans need to support the team and start to understand that as long as Hewitt is here, he is a big PART of our Team.

Reality is that unless somebody with big bucks comes along, the Hewitt “Golden Rollover” Contract will keep the chains on for a long, long time. We might as well support him, because the reality says we can’t afford (financially) to do anything else.

-SJ

Brian

February 25th, 2010
6:24 pm

Also, I don’t understand why he repeatedly says Tech is one of the best defensive teams in the nation. I don’t see it. Basketball is not a defensive game anyways, it’s about how many points you can score. Good offense beats good defense any day of the week. This just makes me question his coaching even more. Placing too much emphasis on defense when he should be focused on taking care of the basketball and running an efficient offense. North Carolina won the national championship last year and I don’t remember them being a “great defensive team”, they had great offensive players.

RamblinWreck

February 25th, 2010
6:29 pm

Come on Jacket fans……Don’t give up on this team. We have a chance to be at least 20-10 and 8-8 and a NCAA berth. Might even be 21-9 and 9-7. Either is fine………..Just want to make it. I would not want to be the team with a 4th seed having to play GT as a 12th seed. GT will make the NCAA’s and win at least one and maybe 2 games. Not sure after that. Last week at Maryland was a fluke. MD got lucky with Tucker hitting that last second shot. He had never taken one since AAU ball. Give me a break, give the team a break and support them. If they don’t make the NCAA’s this year, the give Hewitt a hard time, but not until then. It just isn’t warranted.

RamblinWreck

February 25th, 2010
6:31 pm

Does anyone know where UGA will be seeded? LOL! They suck azz!

GameTime

February 25th, 2010
6:33 pm

I have no qualms with the players or their efforts. My issue is with the coaching — the coaching which is a significant disservice to the players preventing them from maximizing their potential as individuals and as team. And this crap about the team working their butts off is just testimony to how poor the coaching is. There are hundreds of examples of teams working their tails off under coaches who are doing their best but don’t achieve success. The reason? Those coaches best just doesn’t measure up and there’s nothing you can do about that except get someone who can coach and be successful at that level. I’m sure Bill Lewis was doing his best. Chan Gailey was doing his best. But their best wasn’t as good as Bobby Ross’s best or Paul Johnson’s best. That’’s just the way it is. And Paul hewitt’s best is probably fine — somewhere else! But not at GT in the ACC right now!! Working your butt off is great but it only goes so far.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 25th, 2010
6:34 pm

First off I am not even half way through this and I have a sudden urge to hurl.

One, what writers bash you on here??? Freakin pansy these writers treat you with too much finesse. If you were back in your home state you would have had your a$$ lit up years ago so quit your whining d bag.

Second, anyone notice that OFFENSE was never mentioned by Blewitt. I guess we now know why this team has no clue what they are doing on that side of the ball because all Blewey wants to do is focus on defense and tweeting.

Third, of course I want to make this team get over the hump. That is why I want you to get on a bus, plane, or train and get the he!! out of town tonight never to return again. Blewitt has to be the most delusional egomaniac in the world. I will stop bashing the kids but I will never stop bashing you until you are where you belong (Southland or Southern Conference TOPS) Also the “we are young” excuse is getting old as you have used it after every single loss since the run of 2004.

The third question’s answer is hysterical. I thought Hewitt was at least intelligent but I am now rethinking that stance. If a portion of people are critical of you then, yes, that also means a portion is supportive by nature DONK.

“those are the best stretches of basketball we’ve played, gosh, in two years” — ummm thats supposed to say a lot?? I could find a high school girl’s team that has played better than us the last two years …… now i am convinced he is a complete moron

“People pretty much have us solidly in the field. Am I wrong?”—- Yes a$$hole you are

“Me: He also says you are what your record says you are, and you’re less than .500.
Hewitt: That’s the NFL. There’s balanced schedules in the NFL. Everybody plays two times —– Again 100% Incorrect, this is becoming a trend

Doug i would have reached across the desk and cold slapped him across his smug face. Have fun in the NIT Blewitt

acowa

February 25th, 2010
6:39 pm

1) The results over his tenure speak for themselves.
2) I am a 20+ year season ticketholder and attend most of the games. I think you can support the team and voice your displeasure.
3) CPH needs to just shut up and coach.
4) I don’t see why he’s shocked about criticism. We have a losing conference record and a losing record to the hapless mutts during his tenure.

Brian

February 25th, 2010
6:39 pm

NoCoach Blewitt, you are right I mentioned that in my post. He didn’t say one word about the one thing that wins games in basketball: OFFENSE.

Yeah you need to be able to get some defensive stops at key times, but you can’t teach defense. Either players are quick enough to guard someone or they aren’t. You put the slower players on the slow players and play help defense when they get beat.

Offense > Defense

Hey Paulthetic

February 25th, 2010
6:43 pm

they are afteryou-NOT THE KIDS! You couldnt coach a women’s high school team. Get this clown back to the circus and go spend the money on a good coach.

Wayter

February 25th, 2010
6:45 pm

I do not support Paul Hewitt continuing as coach. I definitely support the players, and I believe they are giving it everything they’ve got. And I think they played a great game at Maryland; if they can keep it up, they can finish the season well and perhaps make a run in the ACC tourney and the NCAA. But I believe it is time for Paul Hewitt to leave – he is in over his head, by any objective measure of coaching ability. I will change my mind only if we both (1) make it to the ACC Finals and (2) make it to the Sweet 16.

richtreignisover

February 25th, 2010
6:46 pm

What good is making the NCAA tourney if we aren’t going to win a game? How could we ever possibly beat a good team on the road or at a neutral site? Blewitt will get out coached as usual, the team will shoot less than 50% from the line and have 15+ turnovers. I’m a longtime Tech fan and an alum. If missing the tourney means that Drad will pull the trigger and get rid of this assclown I hope we lose out. It’s unacceptable and embarrassing that I feel that way but it is what it is. No sacrifice no victory.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 25th, 2010
6:47 pm

All Blewitt accomplished with this article is alienate more people

San Antonio Spurs FT shooting = .743

If we shot FT like that we would have at least 4 fewer losses so great comparison Paul!!!! Bravo buddy you proved our point for us …. There are your “FACTS” donk!!!!!!

JawjunY'all

February 25th, 2010
6:50 pm

DISGUSTING comments

NoCoach Blewitt

February 25th, 2010
6:53 pm

Paul I think you actually somehow managed to beat out someone up in Washington DC as the biggest moron of the day/week/month (which I thought would be impossible), and you also beat the same person in alienating more people. (GT Country instead of the whole country of course)

Joe Fan

February 25th, 2010
7:00 pm

The team is “young” excuse doesn’t wash. In college basketball one or two new players can make a huge difference in a team from year to year. This just proves that either PH is recruiting the wrong players or he can’t coach them. His won-lose record is the ultimate proof though that the coaching isn’t there and that it is time for him to go.

Cackalacka

February 25th, 2010
7:02 pm

C’mon y’all. This is pathetic.

Coach Hewitt has run a classy & clean program since day 1 in the ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE.

You know, since graduating from Tech and moving to NC, I’ve been able to follow a lot of ACC ball, and more importantly, follow a lot of ACC fans. The teams with a fan/booster base that succeed, are the patient ones; the ones that bellyache and kick out layers of negativity.

This situation with the Tech fans reminds me more and more about what NC State did to Herb Sendek. Moan, b!tch, moan, forgetting the 1/2 a decade that preceded his arrival, push him out, and BLAM, trade a tactically and morally strong coach for a dud. Meanwhile Sendek goes to another program and continues to produce a solid team there.

They still complain impatiently, but instead of having teams that go to the sweet sixteen, they are now a pathetic shadow of what they’d could be.

Hewitt’s squad is, at worst a team that struggles and is on the bubble for the dance. At best, well, they can break 500 in the conference schedule and have proven they can play against anyone in the ACC. That could mean some good things in March.

If they drop the ball then, by all means get all indignant about it. In the mean time, take a chill, and like the man says, pick a side.

Jackets Rock

February 25th, 2010
7:04 pm

The ONE thing that Paul Hewitt got right in his press conference (he got many things wrong):

“Doug, I haven’t read your paper since 2005. After the 2005 season, when that team that went to the ACC finals and went to the second round and lost to Louisville was absolutely bashed, I said there’s no objectivity here.”

The AJC has a funny way of supporting local teams, including UGA (yes, this is a TECH fan saying this). May be that’s not their job, but this is the highest profile publication in the state — and we are at their mercy. The AJC never fails to skewer coaches, players, and fans unmercifully. You can basically predict Bradley and Schultz will slaughter these teams when they lose. This has a national effect. The national story is created locally by these folks, and it has a ripple effect. As great as UGA has been over the last decade in football I cant help but think if they ever got some objective support from the AJC, they could probably win a championship.

Its college sports. When I was growing up, we kept things in perspective. This isn’t professional sports. Academics comes first, always has, always will. I wouldn’t trade academics for ESPN. Athletics are fantastic, but not when they become a sideshow.

richtreignisover

February 25th, 2010
7:07 pm

Calalacka blewitt is the least tactical coach in the nation. NC State does not reside within the best recruiting base in the country either. I picked my side years ago. Blewitt must go.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 25th, 2010
7:10 pm

Same old excuses, same old denial, same old arrogance, same old smugness, same old results……SAME OLD LOUSY COACH !!!!

Ted Striker

February 25th, 2010
7:11 pm

Doug — Your questions seemed fair and objective, especially in light of Coach Hewitt’s tweets. He may or may not be a good bench coach, however he didn’t flatter his perspective with his choice of words.

The guy comes across in his tweets and in this interview as being overly sensitive and somewhat defensive. It’s not helping him and it’s not helping his team.

blackprix

February 25th, 2010
7:12 pm

Coach Hewitt IS feeling the heat and rightfully so. This negativity is not about his players (as he would like us to believe), it’s about him and coaching those players. Since 2004 he’s had his share of good talent with some very good recruiting classes and he’s done nothing with those classes, but gotten worse.

The players change but the Coach remains the same … seems to me the constant here is the coach and the results. I can understand him defending himself but him trying to say the fans are unhappy with the players IS NOT TRUE! Fans have commented on their talents being wasted because of the coaching.

When a coach isn’t cutting it … they point to everything but themselves.

Angus

February 25th, 2010
7:13 pm

Does anyone understand what he was trying to say about his record?

Is he saying the ACC is too hard to be .500 in?

b3rg

February 25th, 2010
7:14 pm

Here are some FACTS about Paul Hewitt coached teams at GT:

In 10 seaons a Hewitt coached team has never been in the top 100 in Free Throw %.
Only once has a Paul Hewitt coached team shot over 70% free throws. In 2003 they made 70.01%

These are facts, and these facts do not bash the players. When you have a ten year trend, there is no way to blame players that are at GT for four or less.

Butta

February 25th, 2010
7:17 pm

Hewitt is getting the most out of what he has

Jason

February 25th, 2010
7:18 pm

The real issue here is that Hewett has made a big mistake with his Tweets. He may have felt the need to defend his team, but the one-liner nature of the Tweets starts to give validity to the criticisms. He would have been best off to use tact in his normal interviews through the media. Instead he’ll reap a direct response of hostility with those who are frustrated from his coaching results. I’ve frequented the AJC blogs for some time, and I just can’t agree with his statements to the effect that the majority of the criticisms are directed at his players. The majority of the criticisms are definitely aimed squarely at him.

I was a student at Tech when Hewett came to the program, and I graduated the year before they went to the final four. As I’ve kept up with the team I’ve noticed that our only true years of success have come when we’ve had strong upperclass players. Unfortunately, Hewitt tends to recruit great players that leave after one or two years. He also has had good (but not great) players that left to the NBA way too early (Crittenton & Young come to mind). So in effect the team is always young. I feel that this is the biggest hinderance to the success of the team. And responsibility falls directly on Hewitt for this problem. Yes, he should want to help his kids reach their dreams, but his responsibilities are to the school. And so he needs to start saying no to one year rental recruits or he needs to start doing a better job coaching them up in one year. Regardless, a losing conference record over nine years is unacceptable and points directly to the coach and nobody else.

Angus

February 25th, 2010
7:18 pm

OK, I think I see what he was trying to say, but I’d disagree – at least in the NFL.

blackprix

February 25th, 2010
7:20 pm

Other programs go through losing players to the draft and have a heck of a lot more success than Hewitt has. This is all about coaching at Georgia Tech.

Way too many excuses for Coach Hewitt … losers always have too many excuses.

docsbro

February 25th, 2010
7:28 pm

First of all, CPH needs to stop worrying about what’s being said and focus on the job at hand. What is he so upset about? CPH just go out and get some wins and no one will say a word!!

Cackalacka, what was your point? So I guess UNC was real patient with Brad Dougherty? Ni they fired him and moved on!! duke has had coach K for ever so he doesn’t count. Well you have Coach Williams at Maryland…he won a NC. Everyone else has been on the coaching carousel. We have been more than patient with CPH. Losing record in the ACC, which is down and he has All Americans all over the place.

CPH just win games and this will all take care of itself.

StraightJacket

February 25th, 2010
7:29 pm

Wayter’s comment: “I do not support Paul Hewitt continuing as coach. I definitely support the players, …..”

I don’t follow the logic, but maybe you can help me understand by ANSWERING THIS question:

Since WHEN is a Coach NOT an integral part of a TEAM?

Your logic seems “half-pregnant” to me.

You either support the ENTIRE team; or you don’t support the team at all. Make up your mind.

As for Hewitt, there is no money sitting around to pay his “evergold” contract off, so we might as well pull like crazy for him to turn it around. It isn’t like we have a choice: We don’t.

And don’t take my word for it. BOTH Hewitt’s contract AND the GTAA financial statements are PUBLIC documents.

Go read them.

THEN, …. you will understand.

-SJ

Hey Dogtards

February 25th, 2010
7:29 pm

I’m so damned sick of Hewitt. He’s egocentric and only has one season to back it up.

Doug, I want you to tell him that making the tournament is expected out of a Georgia Tech team. I don’t care how young we are. We have at least three future NBA first rounders on the team. I support them. I support the rest of the team. I don’t support Hewitt, whose teams have consistently underachieved during the entire time he’s been here. Since he made the finals, his record in the ACC has been terrible.

Ask him how he justifies that. At the end of the day, its results. His record the last four years just doesn’t get it done.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

On a positive note …. at least he mentors his players off the court well and makes sure that they are taking their studies seriously …. and eventually graduate!!!

NoCoach Blewitt

February 25th, 2010
7:33 pm

I can’t even type that and maintain a straight face

GT Fan

February 25th, 2010
7:36 pm

Sounds a little Obama-like to me———-”either you’re with us or you’re against us”…Hewitt comes off a little wacky here….Fire his A@@!

I too support the players but He!! with Paul Hewitt.

b3rg

February 25th, 2010
7:39 pm

Doug, here are some additional facts you can report: A Hewitt coached GT team has never had less than 15 turnovers per game. GT has been in the top 100 in turnovers every year since 04, and 3 years in the top 30 in turnovers (04 and prior we were consistently in the 120’s or 130’s). We are 26th this year with 16.4 per game.

If he wants to talk about losing close games, maybe he should look at HIS record of coaching turnover prone teams. Again, I don’t see this as attacking the players since it is looking a trend that outlasts any player currently on the team. These are the facts of Hewitt’s coaching.

StraightJacket

February 25th, 2010
7:40 pm

b3rg: I empathize with ya man, but to quote a famous person: “You are what you are”.

We have THE best “athletes” among the teams on our schedule. However, as “basketball players”, we are merely “very good” ; NOT great. Take TWO skills, for example: Free Throws & ball handling. We are NOT good at either, as evidenced by poor free throw percentage and lots of turnovers. Is this Hewitt’s fault? ONLY if you want to blame his recruiter. BASKETBALL skills like FT shooting and ball-handling are taught in middle school and AAU ball. NOT College Basketball.

We have some great NBA-bound players. Shaq has made MILLIONS in the NBA, and lost lots of games at LSU because he couldn’t make free throws.

Are you saying that they can’t “coach-up” Shaq to make free throws? I say he’s already AT his best potential for free throws; JUST LIKE OUR KIDS.

When it comes to fundamentals, we are who we are. And we are NOT the quality BASKETBALL players that we had on the 2004 roster. THOSE guys could handle the ball AND make free throws in the clutch. Bynum, Elder, Jack, etc… were great BASKETBALL players first, and were also “good athletes” second.

This year’s team has some great future NBA players … and like Shaq … will make MILLIONS. But missed free throws and tons of turnovers lose games at the college level.

And, that IS who we are this year.

GTPak

February 25th, 2010
7:42 pm

Here is the fact coach. You were good for 3 years, then got the big contract and have since been lackadaisical. That is the fact!!!

GT Fan

February 25th, 2010
7:43 pm

D Rads will get the money…PH will be fired. Bet on it. Unless he is in final for four and that would take a miracle.

GT Fan

February 25th, 2010
7:44 pm

sorry about the “for”

docsbro

February 25th, 2010
7:45 pm

Straightjacket do you work for Tech?

You CAN ABSOLUTLY support the players and not the COACH.

The COACH is not a part of the TEAM he is part of THE COACHING STAFF. That is why when TEAMS and individuals win a gold medal in the olympics THE COACH DOES NOT get one too.

There is a definite separation between the two. I COMPLETELY support the TEAM of players and ALWAYS will. But I did not not support Coach Gailey and I do not support Coach Hewitt.

He is not focused on the right things here.

Go WIN games and shut up!!

-DB

Bill

February 25th, 2010
7:45 pm

Just fire Hewitt!

Bill

February 25th, 2010
7:46 pm

well said…docsbro

Billy the Kid

February 25th, 2010
7:49 pm

Ever notice how Hewitt is so quick to use excuses? “We’re young, we’ve had injuries, grade issues, etc.” Other coaches deal with these same issues and find ways to win. Just shut up with the excuses and go out and win some games.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 25th, 2010
7:49 pm

I sit next to a member of the Tech faculty at AMC. He told me that when Gailey was fired, D-Rad sent out an appeal to (wealthy) alums to help “pay the bill.” He was met with resounding success to that appeal. I expect (or at least HOPE) for the same appeal now in order to buy out Hewitt. It MUST happen. We cannot continue this way.

Tired Tech Fan

February 25th, 2010
8:03 pm

BLAH BLAH BLAH…Just win the next three and get in the tournament. That is all. I will be supporting either way.