Radakovich’s letter to fans

Tech athletics director Dan Radakovich sent this letter to fans on Thursday in The Good Word, the weekly email that goes to Tech fans. It’s also published on ramblinwreck.com. Here is the link: http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/ot/geot-good-word.html

Here is the letter:

TO: Fans, Friends, and Supporters of Georgia Tech Athletics
FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

This, Tech fans, is an important edition of The Good Word, so heads up!

You have all followed the story this week as Coach Hewitt was courted by a University in his home town, where he has had and continues to have many friends and close connections. It is a school that has solicited his services as head basketball coach before – it did in 2004 when Georgia Tech made a long-term commitment to Paul. As he did in 2004, Coach Hewitt today withdrew his name from consideration at that school. But this time the circumstances are much different, and I think some honest and thoughtful reflection on what has transpired needs to be done.

I am extremely happy that Paul, Dawnette and their girls have decided to stay here in Atlanta and continue to be a part of the Georgia Tech Family. For the moment, I ask you to put aside your emotions with Coach Hewitt and the program. Let’s consider where we are and where we are going. First, understand that no one person, be it a coach, an athletic director or even a president, is more important than the Institution known as Georgia Tech. Given that, doesn’t it make sense to keep Georgia Tech at the forefront of every conversation and every decision? That premise guides our lives here in the athletic program every day.

Six years ago, after being handed an appearance in the National Championship game by Coach Hewitt and his team, Georgia Tech made a commitment to arguably the hottest, brightest and most desirable head coach on the planet. Georgia Tech made that commitment. But at the same time, Paul Hewitt, who could have hand-picked many jobs along the way — including St. John’s — made the same commitment to our Institute. He absolutely wanted to be here at Tech and to make a commitment to the city of Atlanta.

For the last year or so I have read and heard all of the concerns and comments about our basketball program. All of them. Believe me. Some are valid, some are not. Drawing on my own experience and that of my administrative staff (Paul Griffin and Wayne Hogan alone bring more than 70 years in the business), and using the valid feedback that I receive from some of you on a daily basis, I periodically counsel Coach Hewitt as I do all of our 17 head coaches. My purpose in life is to do all I can to make Georgia Tech better in every area.

I am not oblivious that we now live in a world of instant gratification. The sports world has become all about “what have you done for me lately.” In a pro sports town like ours, it is not uncommon to read about multi-million dollar salaries, $100 million payrolls and coaches and athletes who come and go on a whim. When a program or team goes through trials and tribulations the first solution has become “fire the coach.” Certainly we work in a results-oriented business. However, in some cases the best course of action is to stay the course. Unfortunately, there is a feeling by some that change would solve everything. I say to that: Not always. Not now… and especially not in the light of Georgia Tech’s commitment to this man, his family and our basketball program.

In the case of Coach Hewitt and Georgia Tech basketball, we remain together because we are Georgia Tech. Coach Hewitt remains the same bright, desirable and coveted college basketball coach he was in 2004. If you have any doubt, just read the New York City newspapers from the past week. His credentials as a human being, a family man, a leader and builder of character are impeccable. The mission here is clear. We need to win more basketball games. We will continue to do everything within our power to do that — as an organization — with Paul Hewitt as our basketball coach. It is not a one-man mission. We are all committed to scour every inch of the program, suggest and effect the needed changes and to give the coach every ounce of support. This is what we do at Georgia Tech.

So now that we know the lay of the land, I am asking you as Georgia Tech alums, fans and supporters, to get with the program. My experience has been that when a Tech man finds himself in choppy waters, the Tech family rises to help. This is about Georgia Tech. It’s about commitment. And it’s about a part of the Tech heritage — our men’s basketball program. We must pull together and continue to support this program and Coach Hewitt. This is the Georgia Tech way!

Go Jackets!

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Here’s a story that published in today’s AJC and has been online for a while: http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/tech-fans-might-be-404264.html

Daniel Drummond, a freshman on Georgia Tech’s football team, has been ruled ineligible for at least the first 10 games of the 2010 season by the NCAA for violating eligibility rules.Tech declined to comment on the reason for the ruling.

A native of Flowery Branch, Drummond redshirted during the 2009 season. He is eligible to participate in practices but not games.

Drummond, 6-3, 253 pounds, was expected to compete for playing time at B-back. He rushed for 1,102 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Flowery Branch.

238 comments Add your comment

Too Easy

March 26th, 2010
2:52 pm

Rally ’round the flagboys!

JacketMBA

March 26th, 2010
2:57 pm

Paul in RDU

March 26th, 2010
2:58 pm

DRad is good at his job – excellent letter.

Too Easy – Nice pun – had me laughing

Nate

March 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

DRAD is right. Whether you like him or not, our fan base sucks still. At least give Hewitt your support and come support our student athletes.

Too Easy

March 26th, 2010
3:04 pm

Paul: You just gave away your age bracket.

Dan Radakovich

March 26th, 2010
3:04 pm

To all the GT fans, you are all pathetic!! How can you all complain about what I have been doing when you fans haven’t supported the team at all.

We have created a great 4 free hot dogs and cokes campaign and you fans do not even show up for our football games!!

Even though UGA is far superior than us, at least their fans support their teams even though they may be down. We won a pathetic ACC conference but still you fans didn’t support the team.

Therefore, your voices and opinions do not matter to me because of your lack of fan and financial support.

Now let me get back and study how a real athletic director, like Damon Evans, does his job.

Sincererly,

Dan

JaxRamblin'

March 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

OMG – Are you serious? How many more losing ACC seasons will we have to suffer through before GT will man up and pay the man his $7.1M to go away. I have never seen a university bow down to a coach like this. Hewitt does have a good thing here in Atlanta – a guareenteed contract with absolutely no risk. Bottom line – Hewitt can’t function in today’s one-and-done environment in college basketball. He’s pretty much admitted this through his multiple excuses to the press. Next year without Favors and Lawal we go sub .500 again in the conference and miss the Big Dance. That’s my prediction.

Deep South Dawg

March 26th, 2010
3:07 pm

LOL!LOL! Good luck with that! All I have to say, you noticed he did’nt write that same letter when he fired Chan Gailey! LOL! Oh, well….at least UGA will continue beating the BEE’s in B-ball. LOL, wow, how awful…at least it only took Mark Richt 4 years to find out that one of his coaches needed to be fired, not 6! oh and might I add and counting!!!….LOL

Phil

March 26th, 2010
3:10 pm

The notion that he would say, “We have a good thing going” at Tech is borderline bizarre. When was the last time that a coach’s decision to turn down an offer and remain at a school drove an AD to plead with fans to “put aside your emotions with Coach Hewitt and the program?” Please Coach, stop making excuses and start winning games.

italian_29

March 26th, 2010
3:11 pm

1st I am not a GT Fan, but I have to agree with DRad the fact that GT has been to the BIG dance 5 of the 10 years that CPH has been there is a testament to the type of coach you guys have. I do think that DRad should consider getting some hot up and coming asst. coachs to work with CPH on the offensive side of the ball. GT play hard nosed defensive BB, where the shortcomings show up is on the offensive side. JMHO.

GTISLAME

March 26th, 2010
3:13 pm

GT is LAME!

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!

UGA 73 – GT 66!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!

LOSERS!

North Campus underachiever

March 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

WE TRASH THIS STATE

Fire Hewitt Now !

March 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

I know you have to make these comments DRad but if the fans buy tickets and fill the stands then you will think we are happy with the product. 67-93 in ACC play over 10 years with only 1 season over .500 in conference play is not acceptable. Empty seats is the fastest way for fans to send a clear message. That is why I will not be attending games until Hewitt is gone or has 3 winning ACC seasons in a row, Which ever comes first.

GT86

March 26th, 2010
3:26 pm

What else is DRAD is going to say? The reality is CPH has a gun to the programs head. He has not delivered and had he not had the exit clause of $7.1 MM in place GT would be shopping for a new head coach. Going into this year, we all knew that it would be the year to see if CPH could win. This team had as much talent ( young I agree but ) as any team in recent years. DRAD was hoping that Saint Johns would do it for him, but at last we have him for another year and we are left with what to rally around? A coach that can not even draw up an inbounds play and has yet to run an offense with any sucess that can recurit.

beauvighn

March 26th, 2010
3:28 pm

If CPH did not have that golden parachute, D-Rad would be putting his NYCarcass on the street. What else can he do but make it look like he is glad he is staying. If D-Rad enjoys watching sub par basketball and seeing a lot of empty seats , he has made the right move. Maybe D-Rad needs to go as well.

chris o bomb

March 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

we are georgia tech, and THWG!

RambleOn84

March 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

Do UGA fans really have nothing better to do than wait for GT stories to post so they can come in and cyber-bully Tech fans? Pretty pathetic…

Relax guys...

March 26th, 2010
3:30 pm

Back in about 1967 – 68, UNC students and fans hung Dean Smith in effigy; they really wanted him gone, too. Worked out pretty well for them, so, hopefully, it will work out for GT, too.

Tim Tebow's Tears

March 26th, 2010
3:31 pm

DRad just dropped a bit in my mind. I know he’s handcuffed by his contract etc. and trying to rally the fanbase but sports is results driven. The results suck and so does Hewitt. I know he’s a good human being but I WANT A FREAKIN COACH. He’s consistantly outcoached in every facet of the game vs. the top coaches in the ACC and the country. It’s embarrasing what he’s done with all that talent.

RambleOn84

March 26th, 2010
3:35 pm

As a fan, though, I have to say that we’ll have to try and make lemonade out of this…get Hewitt to hire a good offensive-minded assistant coach and this could be a really good team next year. Hewitt has always had great defensive teams; if we get someone in here who can draw up some good offensive sets and develop talent at point guard (PLEASE!), we will be just fine.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 26th, 2010
3:35 pm

Umm, Drad, a GT man doesn’t make excuses when he finds himself in choppy waters like Phewitt does.

That’s what UGA boys do.

dcp

March 26th, 2010
3:37 pm

I am disappointed with this letter. The AD should not be telling the fans how they should feel. Hewiit makes series after series of coaching mistakes – timeouts for no rhyme or reason right before media timeouts and after we make a basket, the poor free throw technicques the team uses, the inability to run an offense if we cannot get down the floor before the other team’s defense gets there – he just yells out “Motion, Motion”. Wow – great stuff – I don’t know any other coaches that can do what he does for us. I’m the same as others – I think it os time to choose to place my entertainment dollars elsewhere.

RambleOn84

March 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

As far as what Hewitt needs to do himself, I’d like to see a little humility from him.

Come out and and thank Tech fans for being supportive; admit that the results are FAR from satisfactory; commit to doing whatever necessary to improve the offense and cut down on turnovers, whether that means recruiting a different type of player or bringing on new (better) assistants.

pws

March 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

How about having Paul Hewitt pay for the upcharge on our season tickets next year since he just got a huge raise, and the rest of the economy is in the tank. I’m not sure how DRAD can expect us to continue to pay such prices for seats for a mediocre product. I am a GT alumnus and it’s no fun to watch this program anymore.

Tubby

March 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

@Dan-4 free hotdogs and cokes…I would’ve been a fan a long time ago had I known. Bring on the free snacks

Gordon

March 26th, 2010
3:41 pm

So now we are paying our coaches based on their “credentials as a human being”? No wonder the GTAA is broke.

We have now reached the absurd position of having the coach we do only because his wife doesn’t want to move and his employer can’t afford to buy him out. At last night’s press conference, Paul Hewitt sounded very serious when he said how this is a fresh start, but everyone knows the truth: Hewitt would rather be at St. John’s and everyone at Tech would rather he be anywhere but here.

For me, excitement from years gone by has given way to disappointment, then anger, and now apathy. Until this sad situation is brought to a merciful end, I have attended my last Tech basketball game, contributed my last dollar, and written my last blog entry. I love Georgia Tech basketball, and will miss it very much, but my patience has run out.

I’ll see you guys at Bobby Dodd, and maybe one day again at AMC.

RambleOn84

March 26th, 2010
3:43 pm

And to Tech fans:
Radakovich is saying what he needs to say, but know this: YOU DON’T OWE A DAMN THING TO ANYONE, much less the Tech basketball program. The fastest way to make a change is to stop funding the program. If Hewitt continues to underachieve with his team, DO NOT GO TO THE GAMES. Make him EARN your dollars…you are the consumer and you have a CHOICE. If the product is no good, save your money.

I want for Hewitt and Tech to succeed, but I cannot do as Radakovich does and demand support (least of all monetary) for a sub-par product.

SHOW SOME CLASS TECH "FANS"

March 26th, 2010
3:47 pm

SHOW SOME CLASS TECH "FANS"

March 26th, 2010
3:48 pm

sounds like most of you care more about winning than your association with tech. that’s pretty shallow.

GT86

March 26th, 2010
3:54 pm

Sounds to me like we are not willing to support the product that DRAD has decided and continues to allow …………. if that is shallow then so be it ………. you probably still think firing Chan was a poor move……….

RambleOn84

March 26th, 2010
3:54 pm

I could only guess as to who you root for, but you’re telling me you would continue to pay good money to support that team if they constantly under-performed? If so, you’ve got too much money or not enough sense.

Being a “fan” of a team does not mean that you owe anything to the organization. If said organization does not make the effort to keep its fanbase happy, they do not deserve the continued support of the fanbase.

DRC

March 26th, 2010
3:55 pm

Sounds just like ugay and the willie episode to me. All you read was to fire willie. Just change the coaches names and you have the same scenerio.

dcp

March 26th, 2010
3:56 pm

RambleOn 84 – good commentary.
Show Some Class – no one is dissing the school – everyone is proud to be associated with Tech – we have a right to not be happy with the direction of a program. 6 and 34 on the road in the ACC for 5 years is terrible, and this was done with at least 6 professional ballplayers – Favors, Lawal, Morrow, Crittenton, West, Young, and who knows if Shumpert because of his size/athleticism could do with some discpline.

T3

March 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

Well, I’ve been happy with every decision D-Rad has made so far.

As a GT alum, I think some years form now, we’ll look back
and the GTAA will owe a monumental debt of gratitude to D-Rad.

So……lets get working on fixin this thing.

wiley

March 26th, 2010
4:00 pm

We have all the pieces to win….other programs in fact do more with less as we watch the same thing every season. If GT could have better utilized talent over these last ten years…there is no telling how many banners could be hanging in the AMC. Watching teams like VT, FSU, and Wake do more with little talent is very disheartening. THe program needs to start winning and there is no excuse as to why it cant be done. Develop the guards with new assistants and let Hewitt coach defense.

DRC

March 26th, 2010
4:00 pm

T3-I would like to have some of what you are smoking.

Tech Fan Since 1950

March 26th, 2010
4:00 pm

Georgia Tech is fortunate to have an excellent athletic director and great coaches. They are good people and represent the Institute well. There are many excellent academic universities that also have strong athletic programs and the state of Georgia is fortunate to have several, including the one in Athens as well as at Tech. As a long time observer, Tech though is unique when you mix athletics and academics. Student-athletes at Tech require an extra discipline and mental toughness if they are to be successful champions on and off the playing court or field. This is not an excuse, for it is a fact at Tech. The mental part of the “game” has to be just as tough as it is in the classroom. I encourage all Tech coaches to step it up a notch in the coming year. The expectation levels should be raised in all sports.

INBOUNDPLAY?

March 26th, 2010
4:01 pm

Dan,
I’ll return to the games once Hewitt can string together at least 5 consecutive games with less than say 12 turnovers and no turnovers and/or wasted timeouts on inbound plays…
Deal?

rainman

March 26th, 2010
4:05 pm

There is something to the tradition of Georgia Tech alumni, faculty, and administration taking a more measured approach when a crisis arises and conducting themselves as gentlemen (and women) throughout. The ‘family’ and the institution are far more important than allowing a few fringe ’so-called’ fans to turn a simple sports arguement into a personel vendetta.
As sports fans, we have the right to question the way a program is being run, and we can even lobby for a change from time to time, but to attack a good man personally is out of line.
I think coach Hewitt knows there are things the team needs to improve on, and I hope he is able effect this improvement.
Now, DRad, since you consult frequently with CPH — why don’t y’all see about getting a top assistant that can reduce turnovers, teach some in-bounds plays, increase the free-throw percentage, improve the scoring.

btgt69

March 26th, 2010
4:10 pm

OK, let’s see if this is right, don’t go to games, don’t buy T shirts, don’t make contributions,,,, yes, that is a great way to increase revenue to buy out a coach’s contract. Look, the decision is made, whether we like it or not , the quickest way to destroy GT is no fan support. What ya’ll are asking for is a downward death spiral.

btgt69

March 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

Rainman, you are right. Let’s see what changes will be made,,, after all we are dealing witha bunch of 18-21 year olds,, did not all of us make many mistakes as a teenager ?

GT86

March 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

The talent is fine it is the coach we have issues with……….. and the coach is not twenty years old

BeauRayme

March 26th, 2010
4:19 pm

Tech basketball is dead to me. This letter just says we are stuck with him and please come to games

THE GOOD WORD

March 26th, 2010
4:19 pm

Georgia Tech Facts
1. Top 5 Engineering Programs
2. Top 20 MBA Program
3. ACC Football Champs
4. NCAA Second Round
5. Top 5 Baseball

UGA CAN NOT COMPETE, GET WITH THE FACTS, UGA SUCKS

AND THATS THE GOOD WORD

What about Bob?

March 26th, 2010
4:21 pm

Drad’s letter to the pathetic Tech fans is so full poop. Way to stick it everybodys face Hewitt! I think CPH is just sticking around to tick all the haters off.

the real Old Gold

March 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

DRad would have LOVED if Hewitt had left.. but what is he supposed to say?

Goldtimer

March 26th, 2010
4:28 pm

I wish St John’s would have offered CPH the moon. Time for new blood in the program. No other D-1 coach has wasted as much talent as Hewitt. I for one will pass on renewing my tickets until a change is made. Hopefully that will be the end of next year.

Drexel Gal

March 26th, 2010
4:31 pm

Apparantly, Dan Rada-moron didn’t get the memo — from 1952 — that the Tech community also consists of WOMEN. So, when a Tech MAN finds himself in choppy waters, rise to help him. When a Tech WOMAN finds herself in choppy waters, throw her an anchor.

jack

March 26th, 2010
4:32 pm

Here’s the deal…given the location in a major urban area, the local and regional high school talent available, playing in the ACC and the continued commitment and support given to this basketball program, there is simply no good reason GT should not be competing at the highest levels both within the conference and nationally. Coach Hewitt has a track record at GT that cannot be ignored or dismissed. It is what it is – underwhelming. GT fans have lost confidence in Coach Hewitt’s ability to raise this program above where it’s been 9 out of the last 10 years. The fact he is a good family man and ambassador to the Institute is all well and good, but, honestly, those are qualities that are expected for a position at this level and at his compensation. Lots of lousy to average coaches are good family men and representatives for their schools. Most people gave Chan Gailey high marks in integrity, principles and ethics. Coach Hewitt is a great recruiter but there hasn’t been much bang for the buck. GT fans can thank Dave Braine and Wayne Clough for this predicament. Braine, in particular, all but wrecked the GT athletic department. DRad has done a great job cleaning up the mess he inherited. He’s showing admirable leadership in trying to rally the GT family to support this coach, but, there’s still that 10 year track record that won’t go away…good luck with that.

Loyal Jacket

March 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Serious, true story:
I have a friend who is an assistant coach on Clemson’s Men’s Basketball staff. I visited with him before the Tech game here in Atlanta and asked him a few questions. One question I asked him was, “Coach, what is Georgia Tech trying to do on offense?” After watching the tech team for the first half of this year and being a student of the game, I was curious to know if I was missing something becuase I sincerely couldn’t figure it out. The coach responded by saying, “We don’t know.” I said, “seriously, what are they trying to do.” Again, he repeated, “We don’t know. We’ve asked around the league (ACC) and other coaches have expressed the same thing. Apparently, it’s become somewhat of a laughing point among the other coaches.”

Friends, we are fooling ourselves if we think this guy is going to turn the program around. He is a nice guy, represents the university well, but he cannot coach. Unfortunately, for him and us, that is his job. He doesn’t get paid to represent the university per se, he doesn’t get paid to be a nice guy per se. He was hired to coach basketball!!!

We are in one of the greatest prep basketball cities in the nation, for God’s sake, and Coach Hewitt said he would like for us to make the tournament 3 or 4 years out of 5. Paul, are you serious?!!?!! Wake up, Paul, get a clue!! And get on the next bus to NYC!!! PLEASE!!!