Hewitt said unlikely but leaving the door open for St. John’s

Paul Hewitt said Tuesday afternoon he did not expect he’d be leaving Georgia Tech, but he’s not ruling out talking to St. John’s about its head coach opening.

“I would say it’s highly unlikely I’d go anywhere,” Hewitt said.

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich has been contacted by St. John’s but Hewitt said he hadn’t been contacted directly by Red Storm athletic director Chris Monasch.

As for what he’ll say, if, and more likely when he is, Hewitt said: “I don’t know. I’ll make a decision from there.”

Hewitt grew up in New York but said when asked if those ties might sway him toward St. John’s, Hewitt said no and pointed out how happy he’s been in Atlanta.

“We’ve got firm roots here,” Hewitt said. “My wife is happy here. My parents moved down here two years ago. My younger brother is here. We’ve got a pretty solid foundation here.”

Hewitt received calls from recruits on Tuesday, when reports surfaced about St. John’s’ interest in him. When asked what he told them, Hewitt said: “I plan to be the coach at Georgia Tech.”

Hewitt has come under fire after Tech’s 2-14 ACC record a year ago, followed up by 7-9 this season. But the Yellow Jackets made the NCAA tournament five of his 10 seasons at Tech, including a run to the 2004 national championship game.

The Yellow Jackets used three wins in the ACC tournament to earn a trip back this year, won their first round game against Oklahoma State before falling in the second round Sunday to Ohio State.

“The NCAA tournament is a crap shoot,” said Hewitt, 177-144 at Tech, including 67-93 in the ACC. “Should we win more games in the regular season? Yes. But unless I’m missing something, the people I come in contact with like the kids we’re recruiting, like the way the kids represent the university and like how I represent the university.”

Hewitt said drawing outside interest is not new, that he’s “had calls every year for the last three or four,” but there’s been only one other job he’s considered seriously. He declined to say what school that was, only that it “was similar to Georgia Tech in its academic mission.”

When asked if he would take this St. John’s opening as seriously as that one, Hewitt said he was not comfortable commenting.

54 comments Add your comment

Buckhead Dawg

March 23rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Please stay!!! Pleeeeeeeease


March 23rd, 2010
4:14 pm

first – why is that important??????

Tim Tebow's Tears

March 23rd, 2010
4:20 pm



March 23rd, 2010
4:24 pm

Bug Spray!

March 23rd, 2010
4:25 pm

There is another school in Georgia, other than UGA?

Joshua Barlowe

March 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

What University?

You mean the Institute?

Please go!!!


March 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

“The NCAA tournament is a crap shoot,” said Hewitt, 177-144 at Tech, including 105-109 in the ACC.

Did Hewitt give you that ACC record himself? Because I’m pretty sure the record books show he hasn’t averaged 10.5 ACC wins per year, especially since he’s never reached double-digits to begin with.

Killer Bee

March 23rd, 2010
5:04 pm

For the Ohio State game, I think Hewitt should have given the cell phones back to his players. They could have used them on the court.

UGA Farmer

March 23rd, 2010
5:13 pm

UGA is the worst school in the world.

Tech Student

March 23rd, 2010
5:19 pm

I’m glad at least one uga fan agrees.

Delbert D.

March 23rd, 2010
5:22 pm

So Hewitt is in essence saying, screw Tech and the fans, I’m not going anywhere?


March 23rd, 2010
5:23 pm

Please leave now through the front door – otherwise you will eventually be shown the back door unceremoniously. Talk to Chan if you don’t believe it is true!

GT alum

March 23rd, 2010
5:27 pm

Paul Hewitt – I am a GT grad. Take the opportunity and go back to NY. This will save us from firing you. Your teams win about half the time, so how about refunding about half the money we have paid you and catch the next train out.

The Dude

March 23rd, 2010
5:37 pm

This nimrod reporter include Blewitt’s conference record from his days a Sienna. Hewitt’s record in ACC play is 67-93. FAIL.

The Dude

March 23rd, 2010
5:38 pm

*included *at…. I guess I was so fumed at the misrepresentation I couldn’t type at the time.

Tech Man

March 23rd, 2010
5:44 pm

NoCoach Blewitt

March 23rd, 2010
5:59 pm

NOBODY WANTS YOU HERE!!!!!! Is that not obvious enough to you??? The AD is throwing away the buyout clause and it giving St Johns free reign to talk to you. Basically DRAD is doing everything in his power to get you the he!! out of town less driving you to the airport and buying a house in NY for your whole family. IS THIS NOT A BIG ENOUGH CLUE????

NoCoach Blewitt

March 23rd, 2010
6:10 pm

Carroll can we please change the ACC record as The Dude suggests ….. here is the link you can run the numbers yourself he is only 67-93 in the last ten years



A recent flight

March 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm

Recent Navy fly over of Grant Field and the flight recorder’s contents have been released. These are the official transcripts of that fly over incident.

“What do you mean that WAS The Varsity? I thought we were near Dobbins AFB. Arrrgh, arrgh, I just buzzed my old frat house and shattered the windows. Arrrrrrrg, all of the carafes in chemistry class are shattered now too. Our aviator careers for sure are shattered.” Aaarrghh, we have sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo humiliated our alma mater on international CNN news.”

“Pull up, pull up. Geeeeeeeeeez, we are going to be pumping as in the desert for this”.


Army Col. Beckworth of UGA had a Famous Mel Gibson movie made about his 7th Cal in Nam. There will be no movies made of this incident ……………except for the JAG prosecutors.

David Stern runs the Plantation

March 23rd, 2010
6:23 pm

Curses, foiled again! Hewie, baby, the reason the people you “have contact with” suck up to you and say they’re satisfied is because you have already admitted you don’t read criticism and have clearly demonstrated your inability to assess your own performance and accept any one else’s assessment. DRad, tell Hewitt you’ll fire him if he doesn’t take the job.

David Stern runs the Plantation

March 23rd, 2010
6:24 pm

Idiot. Beckworth was not a UGA alum. Check your facts.

David Stern runs the Plantation

March 23rd, 2010
6:27 pm

Hewie, we don’t like you. We don’t want you. We don’t want your family here because that means you will be here. You are not loved, respected, wanted, and least of all needed by the Tech fanbase, administration, students, and alumni. Go away. NOW. Git!

David Stern runs the Plantation

March 23rd, 2010
6:29 pm

recent: UGA men get into trouble for driving their pickup trucks into manure piles while drunk. Tech men get into trouble for flying their F-18A Super Hornets too fast and too low over their alma mater during home football games with the national anthem playing.

Tokyo jacket

March 23rd, 2010
6:40 pm

Highly unlikely = coach speak

At this point, of course he’s going to say “I’m not going anywhere.” He’d be a total idiot if he said “well, I really want to get out of here since you A-holes don’t like me anymore.” Does anyone really expect him to say that? This isn’t news as much as it is SOP.

Sounds a lot like Saban, Petino, and Pete Carroll to me.


March 23rd, 2010
6:50 pm


Tech’s record in the ACC under Hewitt is 67-93, not 105-109.

supersize that order, mutt

March 23rd, 2010
6:53 pm

Hewitt, get the hell out of Dodge.


March 23rd, 2010
6:55 pm

“But unless I’m missing something, the people I come in contact with like the kids we’re recruiting, like the way the kids represent the university and like how I represent the university.”

First of all, Paul, GT is not a university, it is an Institute. After 10 years you should know that. Secondly, you are missing something. You are paid to do all those things you mentioned AND win more games than you do.

Please go to NY. Your time here is done.

Biff Pocoroba

March 23rd, 2010
6:59 pm

I’ll write Paul a letter or recommendation. Unfortunately, he won’t leave. St John’s just fired a coach who finished above .500 and made the NIT. At Tech, Hewie gets another year added to his contract for that since it is the media’s fault anyway. Hopefully DRad will call St John’s today and remind them that we never forced Notre Dame to pay a buyout when they hired O’Leary so we won’t make them pay either. We will just force them to buy ten season tickets in the Tech fund area for the next ten years.

Carroll Rogers

March 23rd, 2010
7:01 pm

Sorry guys, I was on a plane, on the way to Orlando and grabbed the numbers from Doug’s story and messed them up. In my hurry to file before the flight attendant made me power down, I messed that up. Will fix right now.

NoCoach Blewitt

March 23rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Carroll …. off subject how good does Heyward look in person?

NoCoach Blewitt

March 23rd, 2010
7:08 pm

starting to think I should reread the post before making them official ….. last one could be a bit misinterpreted … lol

Carroll Rogers

March 23rd, 2010
7:14 pm

Ha ha, NoCoach….He looks like he’s going to be a special player. I missed the mammoth home run down here but I saw several great at-bats, including a walk Heyward took on a 3-2 breaking ball from Roy Oswalt.

supersize that order, mutt

March 23rd, 2010
7:40 pm

NoCoach, I didn’t know you were bent that way. LOL


March 23rd, 2010
8:22 pm

PLEASE PLEASE leave Blewitt


March 23rd, 2010
8:45 pm

This is what you say that saves you face where you are at and lets the other party know the price has to be higher. Means he will leave if the offer improves significantly. Really, why leave Tech with 7 mill in your pocket if you don’t resign? Sure Tech would wave 3.5 Mill fee if he wants to leave…..just please win, Coach Hewitt. That is what the fans want. We don’t care about the feud with the media. One winning season in 10 in the conference is not good by any stretch. Tech deserves better….bottom line, from you or someone else.


March 23rd, 2010
9:13 pm

If there had been cellphones in their coaching period, can you imagine coaches Dodd or Bryant asking their players if they would give up thetr phones. One of the problems. Shows a lack of discipline and proper respect.


March 23rd, 2010
9:35 pm

Argh. The Georgia Institute of Technology is both a research Institute and a university by means of giving out both undergraduate and graduate degrees. It is the Institute (capitalized), but it is still a university (not capitalized). Referring to it as the Institute is correct, as is referring to it as the university. Stop being elitist. Some of you make me embarrassed to be a student.

Joe Schmoe

March 23rd, 2010
9:44 pm

Please, by all means, Paul! Get on the nearest MARTA bus, transfer with your Breeze card to the south bound train at the station, exit at Hartsfield Jackson International, find any carrier (Delta, Airtran, I dont care) that flies to LaGuardia, and GET THE HECK OUTTA HERE!

George P Burdette

March 23rd, 2010
9:57 pm

Hey D-rad…waive the $3.4 million he would owe and get him a plane ticket out and the pay the relo expenses for his family. Please!!!!

Coach D

March 23rd, 2010
10:18 pm

Tech fans, PLEASE tell us how you really feel : )!


March 23rd, 2010
11:31 pm

I support Paul Hewitt.

I do not ever agree with criticizing our coaches or programs publicly. If you have a beef send DRad an email or letter. Pissing and moaning in public about our coaches is too like the mutts.

had enough

March 24th, 2010
6:27 am

Please take your arrogant, under achieving, excuse ridden self home to NY. I haven’t been to a game in 3 years and won’t till you are gone.


March 24th, 2010
6:52 am

Paul Hewitt having to pay Georgia tek $3.4 million if he leaves, means you are stuck with him.

That’s good for UGA.

NoCoach Blewitt

March 24th, 2010
7:40 am

MESSENGER …. obviously you have never heard of waiving a clause …. If DRAD has a decision to waive said 3.4 mil or be stuck with Blewey I think he’d opt for nothing to get rid of him ASAP …. obviously they don’t teach this during your mysterious “Housing” major at UGAy … that is if you were in the large minority of Puppy fans that were even able to get accepted

Reality Check

March 24th, 2010
8:10 am

Hewitt should stay. He’s as good as any coach Tech has ever had and he is the only one to take them to the NCAA Final. However, if he leaves for St. Johns it is because St. Johns is a better basketball venue with a lot more tradition than Tech.

Face it Tech does not have much tradition in basketball.
How many NCAA Championships have they ever won? NONE

How many conference championships have they ever won? Very few!!!!

The Jackets play in a tiny basketball arena in a conference that has many huge arenas. Tech has only posted 2 winning ACC records in its history!


March 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Haven’t you guys ever negotiated for anything? Of course, Hewitt says his family loves ATL (who wouldn’t?). Of course, he says it is unlikely he will go. All these statements will make St. John’s sweeten the pot and make DRad more likely to waive the 3.4 mil or split it with St. John’s or something. These things are not deal killers. He should get the best he can for himself and his family. I don’t blame the man for that.


March 24th, 2010
9:14 am

Well, as long as we are speculating, we might as well start talking about who our next coach should be. Who could we get that would be a strong recruiter AND a better TECHnical coach?

Fillin' up @ Juniors

March 24th, 2010
9:28 am

Reality Check, YOU FREAKING MORON. Check your facts before you post.

Bobby Cremins was the first to get GT to a final Four. We have won our conference 4 times, that would be 1938 (SEC), 1985, 1990 and 1993.

Our statium is of above average size, an on par for the ACC. It might be old and in need of some tender love and care, but its better than St. Johns which I can promise you didnt bother to research before spouting out of the mouth your dribble you call a Reality Check.

Only 2 winning ACC records, you freaking dumb arse, they have won the regular season 3 times…thats three times they had the most wins in the ACC in the Regular season…

We have consistent NBA talent, we recruit in the hotbed, we play in the or one of the best basketball conferences against great competition, with great tradition, and in a big city.

NOW personally I hope he goes, and if he goes its because he can make more money, get a new lease on life, and return home, But it will have little to do with ANYTHING you put forth…again your dumb…and you need to research your facts before pretending to know anything.

Hewitt Supporter

March 24th, 2010
9:34 am

I am embarrassed to be a tech fan right now. First question, Who would you get to coach the team. Bobby Knight, Mark Price…etc….etc…It is very funny how we’re starting to act like UGA fans, Never satisfied always complaining. Compare our athletic program to many division 1 programs and see what we can do. I believe Hewitt should be given another year because this years class was different than a lot of previous classes. I hope Lawal and Favors don’t leave because I don’t either one is ready for the NBA; However, if they leave we are truly in a better situation from a talent perspective than past seasons. I admit that Hewitt is stubborn, but how do you pass on the talent that he has gotten. Let’s be real here. Most players are trying to get to the league. He’s proving to be able to send his players there. Being from Atlanta. I can tell you that the Tech fanbase and the Atlanta sports fan base are the same. Shaky at best. I support Tech and as long as Hewitt is our coach, I support him.

D in Birmingham

March 24th, 2010
10:26 am

Yeah Wow! Tons of Hewitt bashing. I have to say he has done poorly as of late but I can’t get personal. The guy does have a family. I would bet most of you are not at the top of your game either and given the spotlight he is in you might be up for a little criticism as well. I think he will definitely leave after this continuous beating he is taking.