Tech’s Hewitt says no to St. John’s — updated at 2:39 p.m.

Paul Hewitt has withdrawn from consideration to be St. John’s next basketball coach.

Hewitt is out of town on a recruiting trip and has not returned a message left on his cell phone at 10:33 a.m.

“My family and I have developed deep ties to Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta,” Hewitt said in a statement released by Georgia Tech. “I strongly believe in what Georgia Tech can do for young people, and I am committed to returning the Tech basketball program to the level of success our fans have come to expect. We took a step in that direction this past season, and I fully intend to continue on that path.”

He is scheduled to meet with the media at 9:30 p.m. tonight.

“I think what has transpired over the last few days speaks volumes about Paul Hewitt and about Georgia Tech,” Tech athletics director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “Paul’s credentials as a human being, a family man, a leader and a builder of character are impeccable. All of us at Georgia Tech are committed to assist him in providing an outstanding men’s basketball program.”

Hewitt is from the New York City area and is known as an outstanding recruiter. The Red Storm hoped that he could tap into the high school talent in the five boroughs that St. John’s in recent years hasn’t been able to keep from leaving to programs such as Connecticut and Cincinnati.

However, Hewitt has repeatedly said that he and his family are happy in Atlanta and that he was not looking to leave. His parents and younger brother recently moved to Atlanta. In addition, Tech opened a new practice facility last year, and is reviewing plans for a renovation of Alexander Memorial Coliseum that will cost at least $45 million.

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

He has been criticized by fans and boosters for not being able to lead Tech to better than a seventh-place finish in the ACC this season, despite having two potential NBA lottery picks on the roster in Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors. The Jackets advanced to the finals of the ACC tournament before being eliminated in the second round of the NCAA tournament by Ohio State. The finished the year 23-13, 7-9 in the ACC.

Hewitt is 177-144 at Tech, including 67-93 in the ACC in 10 seasons as the Jackets’ coach. He has led the Jackets to the NCAA tournament five times.

The Red Storm fired coach Norm Roberts last week after six seasons. They reportedly offered the job to Florida’s Billy Donovan last week, but were rebuffed.

Colleague Mark Bradley wants to know how Tech fans feel about the news:

http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2010/03/25/reports-have-hewitt-staying-tech-fans-how-do-you-feel/

371 comments Add your comment

Go already

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

Hurry up, please!

Jacket Fan

March 25th, 2010
11:17 am

Coach Blewitt, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Matt

March 25th, 2010
11:17 am

Don’t Go Already!!!

nickj0321

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Wow…miracles DO happen…

Alan

March 25th, 2010
11:21 am

Says a lot about Tech. Going from a “decent” program to one that is pathetic. Will Tech ever be good at anything? Oh yea, baseball. Sucks that baseball is all you have. 30-24!

nickj0321

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Alan – the only program that is pathetic is the UGA Mens Basketball program…

Jacket Man

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Hey Blewitt, take your excuses up to NYC where they make sense. Who knows, maybe the Knicks would be next! A perfect fit!

Alan

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

Nick, you are right. Do I need to remind you of the score of the Tech/UGA basketball game this year? Poor nerds.

Chris

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

Does he need help packing his bags?

ramblingbuzz

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

A good move for Hewitt and GT.

Diablo69

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

I think this is best for everyone involved, and when I say everyone I mean Georgia Tech.

JW

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

Alan you’re an idoit

Jacket fans please ignore this filth

GA Tech Insider

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

Paul has already informed the AD and is waiting to tell his players.

worm

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

Paul, Delta is ready when you are!..Even better, we can hire the 2 flyover guys to really speed you outta’ town!

George P. Burdell

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

Bring ‘im home, St. John’s!

GA Tech Insider

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

I posted this several hours ago.

Sam

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Wow, how lucky is Tech in this (assuming it goes through)? Or maybe Hewitt is using St John’s to leverage more money from Tech!

DaveDawg

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

I’m sorry, but doesn’t pathetic UGA basketball beat Tech more often than not. Happened this season. Tech hasn’t won in Athens in what, 20 years? I’d call that pathetic, at least for a supposed basketball school.

JW

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

GA Tech Insider

Is Favors and Lawal for sure gone to the NBA now with Hewit leaving?

kool$kat

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

Insider, hoping you are correct. Again!

Expectations of a moronic fan base

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

Unreal, at least the Tech fans won’t have him to kick around anymore. Bring on the next fool who thinks this is a good job. He too will realize Tech cannot compete with the big boys but their fans think they should. More money up a wild hogs rear.

Ramblin Wreck

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

One of the few times in life where it is a win all the way around. Paul goes home to an adoring fan base (at least for now). Tech gets out from under the most ludicrous contract ever without having to break the bank in this crazy economic environment. Man, I hope this happens for everyone involved.

JW

March 25th, 2010
11:37 am

DaveDawg

You’re an idiot too – please go troll on another blog

you Uga clowns come on here starting crap and this blog has absolutely nothing to do with you rubes

Alan

March 25th, 2010
11:37 am

“Insider” does not know crap. Just trying to be cool and wants attention. Looks like Tech will be even worse the next few years. Awwww.

Alan

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Really JW? I remember when Felton got fired I saw plenty of you nerds on the UGA blog. Deal with it loser.

CJ

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Adios Paul. Take your lousy coaching to NY. One winning season in the acc! Way to go man!

JW

March 25th, 2010
11:40 am

Alan

ok rube, how small and insignificant must you feel to have to comment on a blog that has nothing to do with your pathetic ‘University’

NoCoach Blewitt

March 25th, 2010
11:40 am

wonderful …. this gives me time to go buy some champagne for the celebration ….. This is a win-win situation between Tech and Blewey (for the first year, maybe two for Blewey until the boys in my hometown media start playing with his weak little mind)

However, for a St Johns fan it is a lose-lose situation which they will undoubtedly find out within the next couple of seasons

Honky Talkin'

March 25th, 2010
11:41 am

To Alan: Have you bought your tickets to Shreveport for next December?

YoungDawg

March 25th, 2010
11:41 am

Paul, Please stay!

MELLER YELLER

March 25th, 2010
11:41 am

will not believe it until I see it . Hewitt might get a raise to stay dont laugh yet he already has the contract that no one can believe . give him a small raise and redo the contract with no buy out I bet he wouldn’t take that deal he would say no I am happy with my current salary
maybe he is gone to NY but I will not believe it until his plane leaves town.

Georgia Tech

March 25th, 2010
11:42 am

Hewitt to ST. JOHNS….. i have the inside info. It’s a done deal.

Georgia Tech

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

Lik i aid first, bring on mark price. Hahaha what’s the odds he will get a true point guard. Pretty good i would say.

Georgia Tech

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

like i said first

Alan

March 25th, 2010
11:44 am

“Honky Talkin” do you really want to have that arguement? If so, do me a favor and let me know the bowl games Tech and UGA have gone to since 2001. After that, please let me know the results from those games. Triva for you nerd, which team has lost 5, or is it 6, bowl games in a row? UGA went to ONE bad bowl game over 9 years. Tech went to ONE good bowl game, and of course, lost.

UGAg

March 25th, 2010
11:44 am

Alan,

Are you on the computer again? I think the recess bell just rang. Need to go outside with the other Ag students..

Alan

March 25th, 2010
11:45 am

HCCynic

March 25th, 2010
11:49 am

I am headed down to the airport to help him carry his bags. I will even tip the porter for him and buy him farewell drink.

Quick, someone change the locks so he cannot get back in the building. Then again, given his inability to draw up a plan to get the ball inbounds after a time out, why should I think he will have a successful plan to get in the building after this time out.

See ya’ coach BLEW-IT!!!

BobbyDodd 21/20

March 25th, 2010
11:49 am

Nice guy but time to move on…team has talent but often looks sloppy, not intense and out of control…

chc4

March 25th, 2010
11:50 am

Wow, could GT get any luckier?

Honky Talkin'

March 25th, 2010
11:50 am

Alan: do you really think the Bulldogs will ever see the inside of the Georgia Dome for the SEC championship in your pathetic lifetime. “Ring Ring” There’s that recess bell again…don’t be tardy.

Robert

March 25th, 2010
11:52 am

Always a Mark Price fan but there should be consideration given to Tony Ingle of Kennesaw State- he would be the ACCs worse nightmare

Alan

March 25th, 2010
11:52 am

Well “Honky” I have already seen it 3 times so the answer to your question would be yes. That was an easy one! Still waiting for you to answer my questions. Must suck to be a nerd fan. Watch out for those bullets outside of the nerdville campus down there.

Joe

March 25th, 2010
11:53 am

Fingers crossed.

GA Tech Insider

March 25th, 2010
11:53 am

JW – Players are/will be discussing their futures during Spring Break so I expect we’ll know more after this weekend. If I were a betting man, I’d say those two are gone and I’m keeping my fingers crossed over Iman right now. The scouts loved the way he played defense during the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. As a potential late first round selection, Iman might even consider jumping ship at this point.

Geori

March 25th, 2010
11:54 am

If only a similar coup happens at UCLA. Please let Ben Howland come to us!!!

TomB

March 25th, 2010
11:54 am

Alan, I understand the situation. You’re afraid Tech will hire another Paul Johnson for the basketball program. I understand completely… I would be scared also. Tech’s AD has already demonstrated he knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t just want to occasionally beat UGA, he wants to dominate them. You can talk about the past all you want, but beware the future my man.

Anthony

March 25th, 2010
11:55 am

I don’t like to criticize coaches but i do think that this could be the best thing for both parties. I have no doubt that Hewitt can coach and win big but it seems like it’s not a good fit at GT. I wish him the best of luck. Plus, GT gets away from the horrible rollover contract they were stuck with Hewitt.

NoCoach Blewitt

March 25th, 2010
11:56 am

Also this proves Blewey knows how much he is dispised here, which makes me elated ……. why else would he leave the opportunity to make 7 million from doing zilch??? This is excellent in sooooo many ways

messin with sasquatch

March 25th, 2010
11:56 am