But wait….there’s more. The news story I wrote today on Paul Hewitt reacting today when I asked about his contract rolling over should be updated soon if it’s not already. In the meantime, I have a few more quotes that I didn’t include in that story that might interest you.
Q. I asked if dealing with ups and downs off the court has taken a toll on him:
A. “Believe it or not I’ve had to try to bite my tongue a few times,” Hewitt said, and he laughed then, knowing full well we all saw the tweets he posted a couple of weeks back. “It may not seem like it. People have said to me ‘You’re a coach, you’re in the public spotlight, so you’ve got to understand that’s part of the business,’ and I do understand it’s part of the business. But to insinuate that I’m doing something deceitful or that I’m mismanaging this basketball program or that the only reason why I’m keeping my job is because of my contract, that was wrong. If you have disagreements with baseline out of bounds plays I run or defenses I run, that’s fine…From a play standpoint, offensive philosophy, that’s fine, it’s part of sports, you get to second-guess people all you want. But don’t make it a character issue when I’ve done nothing to show you that you should question my character.”
Q. My colleague Jeff Schultz asked him if he would get to a point, maybe at the end of the season, where he might just get fed up and leave.
A. “I’m not going anywhere,” Hewitt said. “If they tell me they don’t want me here anymore, that’s fine. But my family likes it here, I like it here, I believe strongly what Georgia Tech can do for young people. It’s not just since I’ve been here. You look at guys who played for Bobby Cremins and what they’re doing with their lives. I believe that very strongly.”
This was him talking about his NCAA tournament history, compared to other schools in the ACC:
“This is our fifth trip to the NCAA tournament in 10 years. If you look up and down our league, obviously Duke is the quote gold standard right now. They’re 10-for-10. Carolina is 7-out-of-10. N.C. State is five out of 10. Should we have been there more? Yeah, no question. I think acceptable would have been seven or eight. But five out of 10 is pretty doggone good. And for the last five years we’ve had some things not go our way. We lose Austin Jackson, he’s going to be our point guard. We lose Javaris (Crittenton) after one year. We lose Thaddeus (Young) after a year, you have the issues with Lewis (Clinch) and Ra’Sean (Dickey) and (Isma’il) Muhammad. We haven’t been dealt a pat hand.”
(Jackson was the point guard Tech recruited that got drafted by the Yankees and left for a big bonus, and Crittenton and Young were one-and-done to the NBA. The other three players mentioned had some academic issues, I believe.)
This is him talking about suggestions that he should fire his assistant coaches:
“Our coaching staff has worked very hard in the face of a lot of adversity to keep recruiting good players. It’s hard (enough) to recruit when you’re winning championships and for us to go through what we went through and still bring in the classes that we’ve brought in says a lot about my staff. And when people start talking about ‘You need to fire your staff, and bring these guys in and that guy in,’ they have no idea what they’re talking about, zero idea. Again it’s not fair to them and it’s not fair to the fans because you’re not telling the fans the truth. Look at the class these guys just brought in. You see what you see on the court and we’ve got Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey in the wings redshirting off a (2-14) season. Give these guys some credit, they busted their tail.”