What Hewitt had to say

Here’s a copy of Paul Hewitt’s transcript from Monday’s ACC teleconference:

Opening Statement:
“Iman Shumpert continues to have an outstanding year. He’s actually six points away from 1,000. He’ll actually be the 41st player in Georgia Tech basketball history to score 1,000 points. We also expect Nate Hicks to practice this week–today, tomorrow and Wednesday–and should be available for the game against Florida State.”

On finding a third scoring option behind Shumpert and Rice:
“Glen [Rice, Jr.] is having a terrific year. He’s really matured as a player, and his consistency is much greater than it was last year. It has been somewhat of a chore to find that third guy. The obvious option is Brian Oliver. When he has shot the ball well and played well we’ve been a very good team. But he’s been up and down this year in shooting the basketball. But he continues to come in and work and continues to try to take good shots to try to score points. That’s been part of our issue this year is getting that third consistent scorer.”

On the freshman class:
“Two of them are redshirts. Obviously it helped them last year to be around the program and practice. Kammeon Holsey obviously did not practice, but got a chance to get in the weight room and get bigger and stronger. I think both he and Daniel Miller, the two redshirts, have played well for us. I’d obviously like to see those guys establish themselves a little bit more offensively down low, but overall they’ve contributed to some very good wins for us. Jason Morris is a young man who can really score. He can shoot the three, and he can go off the dribble. He certainly has to improve defensively. And Nate Hicks I think has a very bright future. He’s missed the last ten days or so with the appendectomy, but he’s made a very quick recovery from that. He’s going to practice and he should be in uniform ready to go on Thursday against Florida State. But all four of those kids are going to be very solid contributors to our program for the rest of this year and moving forward. All four of them are very good students, and they’re quality kids who I think are going to be building blocks as we move forward with the rest of the season and into next year.”

On the ACC getting only a few teams into the NCAA Tournament:
“I think we’ll get more than three, but we’ll know for sure on Selection Sunday. I think that the standard that the ACC has set over the years sometimes comes back to be a negative with people. I’ve been in the league now for eleven years, and every year I’ve always heard that the ACC is down. But you look at the last ten years, we’ve had five national champions come out of the league and we played for the title in 2004. I think it’s just become a stylish thing to say that the ACC is down. Now, are we young this year? Definitely. We’re definitely a very young league. But I do think it’s a league that’s improving, and I think that as we go into March, how our teams do in the NCAA Tournament will probably change everybody’s mind. I can’t remember a year I’ve been in this league, except maybe ‘04, where I didn’t hear that the ACC is down. But again, the fact of the matter is, this year it’s a very young league that’s getting better.”On this year’s ACC freshman class:
“I’ve gotten so used to great players coming to this league. If anything that’s hurt the league a little bit, it’s that we’ve had the very best freshmen in the country coming in year-in and year-out. Unfortunately we’ve lost quite a few players. I’d say the PAC-10 and the ACC are probably the two leagues that have lost more guys early to the NBA than all the other leagues. It’s a very strong group, but again, after ten years I’ve been here, I’m just used to seeing great players come in top-to-bottom in the league. Not just the marquee schools, but everyone has the opportunity to recruit the best high school players coast-to-coast to come to the ACC.”

46 comments Add your comment

sidewalk74

February 8th, 2011
12:00 pm

sidewalk74

February 8th, 2011
12:02 pm

It’s depressing to hear Hewitt talk about “next year’ when there are 8 games left in the season. Obviously he is not planning on making a run and trying to finish the year strong. He is already waving the “white flag”.
DRAD please fix this.

Chunkynem

February 8th, 2011
12:06 pm

One of his comments should have been:

I look forward to resting and relaxing next season on the beach in South Florida cashing in on my $7,000,000 buy out.

I am embarassed to be a Tech Fan after the efforts in Miami and against Clemson. Let us now forget that Tech was behind by 21 points vs a horrible Miami team that could not ge the ball past half court in the second half. The effort against Clemson was discouraging and dishearting.

Let’s hope he next coach brings some of the Mark Fox Mo-Jo to Techwood Avenue (or wherever they play games next year)!!

Yurtle_the_turtle

February 8th, 2011
12:11 pm

I believe that Hewitt will, once again, return. As depressing as it sounds, I’m not sure we can afford a $7m buy out just yet, especially having to float bonds to build the new stadium and other upgrades. I hope I’m wrong, I really hope I’m wrong. I do believe the anger is now focusing in on DRAD rather than just Hewitt. This might spur some action. What DRAD needs to consider is does it cost more to fire Hewitt now or risk even larger fan disinterest next year when the building will only be 1/3 full rather than 1/2 full now….

GIVE ME A BREAK

February 8th, 2011
12:12 pm

This is not GEORGIA TECH basketball. Embarrassing.

St John's Fan

February 8th, 2011
12:22 pm

All I can say is I am thankful that CPH did NOT take the St. John’s offer. I know our fans and myself are very grateful that we have Steve Lavin and are competitive rather than CPJ and floundering in the basement of our league. St. John’s dodged a bullet! I regret the pain of Yellow Jacket fans, but am glad it is your pain and not ours.

Joshua Barlowe

February 8th, 2011
12:51 pm

What happened to chivalry and pride? Why won’t this man fall on his sword and resign?

Dense

February 8th, 2011
1:06 pm

yurtle,

we got the dough from many alumni groups. he’s done.

coachx

February 8th, 2011
1:09 pm

Joshua Barlowe,

Would you resign and walk away form $10 million ?

coachx

February 8th, 2011
1:10 pm

If Tech alumni and fans were actually loyal to their school and would start selling out football games then Tech could afford to fire Hewitt.

MG30

February 8th, 2011
1:16 pm

You know this is a hard one to swollow…………I watched the Clemson game-I listened to the Miami game on radio and seems to be that CPH always turns on the heat in last 8-10 minutes of the game. Duh! Why not press from the beginning when your guys are fresh versus the last 8-10 minutes when they are dead tired from coming back all the time from a deficit. You have enough guards to drive other teams nuts……Shumpert, M.Miller, Udofia, Morris, Storrs, Oliver.

If you watch Carolina-Duke…they both hit you immediately after the first basket—-I am convinced this Tech team with an aggressive coach would be much better-they would play with more enthusiasm and the bench would seem more into the game versus joking with each other.

DRADD this is the time to dump Hewitt……..I am sure if you called Chris Bosh, Anthony Morrow they could give you the bucks to do it! Tech will continue to lose the battle for any type of talent if Hewitt stays. The RECORD speaks!!!

ANTOINEFORD

February 8th, 2011
2:17 pm

I know someone in the department that says he’s gone if they don’t make a bigtime run.

StingerSplash

February 8th, 2011
2:31 pm

CPH now has a built-in excuse with Oliver out for three weeks. Even with Oliver, a big run is not in the offing. But now there’s the fallback of not having your alleged top 3 point threat.

yeah

February 8th, 2011
3:32 pm

Building blocks? The man honestly has to know he wont be here next year. The next coach will sure appreciate those building blocks.

eggguy

February 8th, 2011
5:00 pm

PLEASE….SOMEONE TELL ME WHY THIS MAN IS STILL THE COACH?
EMBARRASSING……NEW LOWS FOR TECH BASKETBALL, DID YOU EVER THINK IT COULD BE THIS BAD? HUH?
I used to go to a lot of the home games, I cannot even watch them on T.V. I’m all behind the players, but Coach Blewitt has got to go!

eggguy

February 8th, 2011
5:02 pm

I won’t be back until Coarch Blewitt is gone, and neither will THOUSANDS of other Tech grads, fans!!!

eggguy

February 8th, 2011
5:05 pm

Make the move….Dan Rat, you know you’re going to have to. That’s why they pay you the big bucks, do what’s best for Tech and these atheletes!!

eggguy

February 8th, 2011
5:06 pm

AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 8th, 2011
8:09 pm

Fire Paul Hewitt…..nuff said.

Dadgum......

February 8th, 2011
10:38 pm

Folks it is not just rumor, Hewitt will be fired prior to March 15th. Stay thirsty my friends.

thwg

February 9th, 2011
1:23 am

Assuming Hewit is gone, and I’ve also heard he will be gone after this year, who are the candidates to replace him? San Diego State Coach, KSU coach, who?

UGA = Yawn

February 9th, 2011
7:52 am

What a bunch of sorry a$% questions. Wow. All the reporters are so thin-skinned. Grow a set of balls and ask the tough questions. Who cares if he gets pissed. Who is HE???? Nothing!

Rock Of Ages

February 9th, 2011
8:55 am

I have an excellant idea! How bout some of the multi-million dollar Tech grads get together and help buy out Blewitts contract. All I hear is how Tech grads make so much money. Put your money where your mouth is.

Crazy Robert

February 9th, 2011
9:18 am

Personally I think Hewitt should gather all the players together and all get a group tattoo because I don’t think there are enough tattoos on the players right now. Why practice foul shots when a group tattoo can fix all their ills? That might be just what the doctor ordered!

No big name

February 9th, 2011
9:32 am

If we pay the 7 million to buy out Pauly boy, then we will not be getting a big name coach. I am all for dumping Pauly, but the fan base needs to understand we are going to get a lower level up and comer. But i think this is fine, DRAD has done a great job and i trust he has this under control.

juvenal

February 9th, 2011
11:02 am

when does chan get his last check?

Yurtle_the_turtle

February 9th, 2011
1:08 pm

Dense and Dadgum…..you’ve given me hope. I’m going out and buying champagne. If Phewitt gets fired by March 15th, I’m celebrating!!

Born2Buzz

February 9th, 2011
1:37 pm

The man is delusional now. Glen Rice is consistent? Just in ACC play he has scored 12,12,24,21,5,4,16,28,10. Even a UGA grad can see the swings on that scoring graph. Rice consistently tries hard, has the talent to be great but is often times out of control. But really? Much greater consistency?

And there will be plenty of talent for the new coach next year. Paul knows he’s gone. The players know he’s gone. The fans surely hope he’s gone.

If he’s not gone then my season tix will be. I may keep 1 ticket just to continue my string of consecutive years as a season ticket holder, but I’m not worried about seating priority in the new arena. That will mean I’ve dropped from 6 tix to 1 in the span of 2 years. I’m sure the overall % of season ticket decline will be the same as mine.

Oh, and chan gets his last check this year, just in time to start up Paul’s retirement package. In 5 years the stench that Dave Braine left behind will finally be gone from the Flats.

burdell68

February 9th, 2011
3:28 pm

If Hewitt is the coach next year, we can save $7,000,000 by not renting Gwinnett and Phillips and hold the games at the Moores Mill Y because THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE ANYBODY BUT FAMILY MEMBERS AT THE GAMES. Then when the new arena opens in 2012, we can start over.

GT Albany

February 9th, 2011
6:45 pm

Yawn! I’m sorry. Did Coach Hewitt say something new/

swainsboroGT

February 9th, 2011
9:58 pm

Okay…..let’s start the potential replacement coaches’ list. My vote is for Chris Collins; one of Duke’s assistant coach and Coach K’s right hand man.

Ghost of Bobby Cremins

February 10th, 2011
10:51 am

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……snort….Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

GT Chicago

February 10th, 2011
7:31 pm

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GT Chicago

February 10th, 2011
7:38 pm

What are we waiting on to fire this coach that does not seem to care about anything – I have seen more emotion from a dead fish!!! If this man was worth two cents he would resign – GT has been good to him, but he would rather be fired than have enough commitment to the school to walk away. What ever happened to honor – Hewitt has none. I have never seen a more pathetic individual. GT we are better than this – the crowd tonight against FL St should be an indication of Hewitt’s support – none. Sad !!!

FullMetalJacket

February 10th, 2011
7:55 pm

Hewitt is little more than a ghost talking at this point. An extremely WELL PAID ghost, but a ghost nonetheless. He does not exist as a moral or sentient being, really, and has not existed for most of us for quite some time. He is empowered only by DRad’s belief in him, and he will continue to tear down the Tech basketball program as long as DRad allows him. The only question is whether or not he realizes he is already a ghost to Georgia Tech. The little amusement we may take in watching him further embarrass himself is not much, but it’s all we have now. It’s going to cost us millions anyway.

Tech'84

February 10th, 2011
8:03 pm

Agreed, FMJ. At this point in time it’s not even worth trashing CPH’s record and many flaws…he’s already gone. It is time to start speculating on his replacement. Surely AD Radakovich has a running short list of potential replacements (just in case lightning or reason strikes–equally unlikely). The position is a good one–a major market in a major basketball conference, but the Institute may be financially limited in how much cash it can initially offer. Still, one would think we can offer a creatively structured package to attract a good coach–perhaps taking a chance on a younger gun–here to salvage the program. I only hope we hire someone whose only agenda is rebuilding the Tech program, minus all the social static that accompanied Hewitt.

Tech'84

February 10th, 2011
8:09 pm

Kennedy at Ole Miss has done a lot with a little talent, and he knows the ACC (former Wolfpack player), but not a very charismatic guy. Of course there’s Neal and Price, but neither has Div. I head coaching experience. With Fox at UGA and the ACC down, there is both the need and opportunity to take a big step up.

Mrs. Hewitt

February 10th, 2011
8:15 pm

I just want to thank all Danny Radakovich and all you generous Georgia Tech fans for giving me and my girls all the shopping money we could want and the chance to stay here and spend it in Atlanta. And to think, Paul was thinking about leaving all this for that NYC gig last year, before I set him straight. You all must love me so much…..

Mrs. Hewitt

February 10th, 2011
8:16 pm

Now hurry home tonight, Paul. I don’t want you spending all that time down there on Tenth Street playing ball or whatever it is you do.

Mrs. Hewitt

February 10th, 2011
8:17 pm

I need you to help me pick out the new drapes for that new addition to the house, and you know I am ready for a new car…my old one is almost six months old.

Full Metal Jacket

February 10th, 2011
8:29 pm

Hewitt’s gone, whether HE knows it or not, but I don’t know if there is anything to be gained by firing him BEFORE the season is over. His potential replacement will still be coaching (wherever that may be) and it’s not like we’ll be promoting from within. No, there’s no point in firing him early….I think fans will just keep staying away, growing to despise him a little more, and as long as we fire him before the March (April?) rollover in his golden contract, it’s not going to cost us any more.

Full Metal Jacket

February 10th, 2011
8:31 pm

Even the students, who used to love him, have turned against him, if the negative chants and cheers and empty sections are any indication.

Full Metal Jacket

February 10th, 2011
8:34 pm

I remember once sitting in a die-hard UGA section in Sanford Stadium during the Tech-UGA game when we beat hell out of them….and my party got showered with debris, beer bottles, etc. for most of the game until they started filing out in the early 4th quarter. Wonder if Hewitt is beginning to feel like that in AMC yet?

just facts

February 10th, 2011
8:44 pm

as I write this we are getting drilled again, 51-38 by FSU. two questions… is this hewitt’s worst team at GT and if Hewitt stays, is there ANY reason to be xcited about the future?

Dadgum......

February 10th, 2011
9:58 pm

Yurtle…..the good word I have is that Hewitt will be fired after the ACC tourney is over. Most likely it will be Monday the 14th but in any case it won’t be later than Tuesday when it rolls over. There is no question my sources are accurate and trustworthy. I was told that when GT decided to go forward with the basketball construction and renovation that sealed Hewitt’s fate. GT needs someone new to lead the team when the new arena is here and the new coach will have a season under his belt by then. Regardless of the cost Hewitt has to leave and the Jackets play is making Rads decision an easy one. New coach, new arena, new enthusiasm. Fans deserve that and so does GT.

Buzzzed

February 10th, 2011
10:42 pm

I know FSU’s zone was difficult to penetrate but watching Tech lob up threes (that weren’t dropping) for pretty much the whole first half with no change of plan tells me CPH is just waiting for the big check at the end of the season. Should Tech actually let him finish out the season or can him before the ACCC tourney?