Hewitt hired at George Mason

Even without a job, Paul Hewitt probably could have handled the bills.

Regardless, the former Georgia Tech basketball coach, fired after 11 seasons in March, is back in the game. George Mason, a prominent mid-major team, confirmed his hiring Saturday. He will be introduced at a news conference Monday.

“Every coach wants to get back, even if they say they don’t,” said Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, a good friend of Hewitt’s and now a conference rival in the Colonial Athletic Association. “He needs to get back because that’s who he is, that’s what he does and he’s really good at it.”

Hewitt was out of a job for 49 days, barely enough time to start collecting on his $7.2 million buyout, a sum Tech is still required to pay out despite Hewitt’s new job. He replaces Jim Larranaga, who left George Mason to coach at Miami (Fla.). Hewitt will take over a team that went 27-7 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. Barring transfers, four starters will return next season. George Mason is best known for its 2006 run to the Final Four.

“We’ve got to keep guys like Paul Hewitt in the business,” said Hunter. “I’m really, really happy for him and I think it is a very, very good position for him. I look forward to going against him, to be honest with you.”

Hewitt joins a highly competitive conference. Hewitt will recruit in-state against CAA rival and Final Four participant VCU as well as NCAA tournament participant Old Dominion. The CAA was ranked 10th in conference RPI this past season.

Hewitt was fired following the Yellow Jackets’ 13-18 season. It was Tech’s third losing season in the past four years. Hewitt led the Jackets to five NCAA appearances, including a run to the championship game in 2004, but managed one winning season in the ACC. He was replaced by Brian Gregory from Dayton.

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April 30th, 2011
2:13 pm


Joke Of A Hire

Dawgs 61 Nerd Herd 39


April 30th, 2011
2:22 pm

Get. A. Life.


Fire Paul Hewitt

April 30th, 2011
2:23 pm

Perfect size school for Hewitt – since he can recruit well, he can get players that can run his “no plan at all” offense and still dominate in the Colonial given the competition. It’s only when he has to actually try to coach fundamental basketball in an elite league that he is absolutely over his head. As we saw.


April 30th, 2011
2:24 pm

Great job Hewitt now schedule GT

Fire Paul Hewitt

April 30th, 2011
2:24 pm

Do we still have to pay his idiotic buy-out clause or is that void when he finds a new job?


April 30th, 2011
2:26 pm

Joke? Obviously you know little about the CAA. Hewitt inherits a Top 25 team with a ton of talent. This team will win 22+ games in 2011-12 and will play postseason basketball.


April 30th, 2011
2:29 pm

Hey Brad, Dylan does has a life. It’s just a very sad one.

Question for you financial types. Can Hewitt contribute to a Roth IRA since his income is not “earned income”?

Randy Carson

April 30th, 2011
2:30 pm


Fine. How many seasons before he runs it into the ground as he did at Tech? I’m surprised by the hire because I honestly thought Hewitt would never coach again – or want to.

ACC Refs

April 30th, 2011
2:32 pm

Good luck to the PH. We will never forget the run to the Alamodome in 2004.


April 30th, 2011
2:33 pm

Now Hewitt gets to play in Georgia State University’s conference.

………… GO Panthers ………..

Ken Sugiura

April 30th, 2011
2:36 pm

tech still is on the hook for the entire buyout.


April 30th, 2011
2:36 pm

Actually, I mean coach, not play.

GO Panthers !

tech still is on the hookfor the entitr buyout.

April 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

Thanks to former A.D. Braine,
who had no real brain.


April 30th, 2011
2:41 pm

Great hire by George Mason.
Georgia Tech should have kept this classy individual.
What’s the saying: You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?


April 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

guess they won’t have to pay him since tech will be paying him!

GT Alumni 1965

April 30th, 2011
2:46 pm

Now watch that Parks dude go to George Mason with Blewitt.


April 30th, 2011
2:51 pm

He’s gone. That’s all that matters.


April 30th, 2011
3:01 pm

I don’t like Hewitts Coaching but I wish him well with the millions he stole from Braine and GT.

All of y'all . . .

April 30th, 2011
3:05 pm

I’ve not seen anything making this official, but if it is: (1) Good luck, Coach and (2) please, don’t show up there with any red ties either – stick with the gold!


April 30th, 2011
3:07 pm

Good for Paul Hewitt. A change was needed and was made. Hopefully both parties will benefit.


April 30th, 2011
3:08 pm

and the best part for hewitt is that he’s getting out of atlanta so he wont have to put up with mark bradley and michael wilbon has left the post so he’s done with idiotic sportswriters!

St. Clarrkston

April 30th, 2011
3:19 pm

I think GM made a good decision. Hewitt is a good coach. Tech just had unrealistic expectations. They will never be a b-ball powerhouse.


April 30th, 2011
3:32 pm

Best Wishes, Coach Hewitt!!! I’m a little surprised he took another job so soon. I thought he’d wait a year or two, but this could end up being the best thing for him. Maybe he’ll decide to follow the Mark Few/Brad Stevens lead of sustained success at a smaller program.

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April 30th, 2011
3:34 pm

ToeMeetLeather: That;s the way the game is played ! ! ! !. Good for him


April 30th, 2011
3:39 pm

Silverado, yea there are numerous people playing the game that way and that is what’s so sad.

Jackets 2011

April 30th, 2011
3:46 pm

Maybe we do have unrealistic expectations.
Ross had three crummy years, achieved his NC without having to play in a BCS or top bowl game (back door?) in year four and then average in year five.
Hewitt should have dumped us after his great year too.
Isn’t that how all coaches treat Tech?
Even Bill Curry.
Dump Tech and you can come back and still be loved like Ross.
Go figure.

Stinger 2

April 30th, 2011
3:47 pm

Good for Coach Hewitt. I wish him well. Unlike many other GT fans, I
think he took some very unnecessary personal abuse on these AJC blogs.
Its o.k. to critcize his coaching if you don`t like it but its not o.k to get personal as so many did.

Jackets 2011

April 30th, 2011
3:51 pm

BTW you don’t see Gailey giving us a break on the millions in his contract we pay until January 2012 in spite of probably making 3 million a year with the Bills going on his third year.
Wonder what his pay with the Bills is.


April 30th, 2011
3:55 pm

That a nice pick up for George Mason and a great fit. Now can we get Miami to take the exceptional underachiever Mark “its not my fault” Richt of Georgia’s salary so we get a real coach?

Jackets 2011

April 30th, 2011
3:56 pm

I agree Singer 2.
While also making mediocre coaches somehow into great ones.
What was Hyder with Kaiser?
Not much.
Though many looked away or somehow did not notice, there was some of the same ugliness during Cremins last two years.

Jackets 2011

April 30th, 2011
3:58 pm

I wonder what Richt’s net worth is.
We all should have gone into coaching, that’s for sure.

sandysprings jacket

April 30th, 2011
3:59 pm

So maybe his family wasn’t so fond of the ATL after all. You think he passed on the St Johns job because his wife lived ATL, i think hios wife loved the GT $$$ and they proved it now, “take the GT money and run.”

GM better have a fire on performance clause becuase he will bring down a potential top 25 team in a hurry. He can not coach and frankly except for one or two one and dones,he was not that great of a recruiter .

GM will be very sorry with this hire very quickly. Glad he left the FLATS, even if he took the money.

Jackets 2011

April 30th, 2011
4:02 pm

What was Hyder without Kaiser I meant to say.
Made it to Elite 8 back in the day when only 16 made the Dance.
Cremins and Hewitt were very similar.
Raising expectations came back to bite both as it often does.
A coach might be better off just being mediocre forever. lol.


April 30th, 2011
4:07 pm

After Kennesaw State (8-23) blew out Tech 80-63….Half-witt was toast.

And the CAA is a good basketball conference. Virginia Commonwealth made it to the Final Four this year.

GT Alum

April 30th, 2011
4:12 pm

St. Clarrkston -

Cremins had Tech in the NCAAs 9 straight years, including 2 appearances in the Sweet Sixteen and trips to the Elite Eight and the Final Four and had a 60% winning percentage despite a turndown at the end of his career. If we could have success close to that, I think most Tech fans would be happy.

Compare that to Hewitt, whose overall winning percentage at Tech was 54% and dropping. His ACC winning percentage was 41%. In 11 years at Tech, Tech went to the NCAAs 5 times and only made it past the 2nd round once.

Also, there were 2 halves to his career:

2000-2005: Overall – 59%; ACC – 49%
2005-2011: Overall – 50%; ACC – 34%

So, actually, most Tech fans (and MB) loved Hewitt when he was a 60% overall and around .500 in the ACC coach. It was win he started only winning half of his games and 1 of 3 in conference that he wore out his welcome.


April 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

For any GMU fans skimming the comments, I hope CAA teams never run a zone, use defensive pressure on inbounds plays, or are at all fundamentally sound. Else, set your expectations VERY low no matter how much talent the Patriots are able to amass.

Jackets 2011

April 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

So why did we run off Cremins?

William Satterwhite

April 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

As others have said, this is a good move for both parties as Hewitt is a great coach for a CAA level program, especially one at the top of the class like GMU- his superior recruiting skills will be more of a factor competing in a league where everybody else isn’t also bringing in top talent like the ACC.

Jackets 2011

April 30th, 2011
4:26 pm

Cremins made the right move taking the South Carolina job where the blame always would have been there and not his. He should have left his wife here if she didn’t want to go.
He should not have asked for his job back.
With the NBA raiding programs after the freshman year, he was toast.
I hate the NBA btw.
They hurt Tech more than most programs.

GT Alum

April 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

Jackets 2011 -

I think you’ve already hit it. That run by Cremins set expectations so high that when he had losing records 3 of his last 4 years, people said he’s past it and can’t achieve those expectations any more. I wasn’t in that crowd, so I can’t say for sure. I do know that there wasn’t a lot of excitement on campus around when basketball team my first couple years there, which were the last couple years of Cremins’ tenure.


April 30th, 2011
4:50 pm

Where’s Hewitt fan?? I figured he’d be all over this since his boy’s no longer in da coach K conference!!! 2012 NCAA tournament champs for GM per Hewitt fan…….

Bill Engvall

April 30th, 2011
5:17 pm

“I wonder what Richt’s net worth is.”

I’d say about 9-1…. Sounds about right to me


April 30th, 2011
5:27 pm

Hunter was almost funny. I would be excited too if I had to coach against Hewitt, life just got a whole lot sweeter at Georgia State. Hewitt will take the same team that won 27 last year and start that long decline down. Jim Larranaga probably won’t wear off until the third year, the players coming back will still remember how to shoot foul shots, bring the ball up the court, there may even be an assistant that stays to remind them. Then that assistant will be founded and he will go to his own head coaching job and Hewitt will replace him with a shoe shine boy or the janitor at the local gym that houses the AAU team. This is the ultimate economic incentive program of hiring the under or unemployable. In about the fifth year the team turns into something resembling a banana republic and the only person getting rich, or thanks to Tech staying rich, is Hewitt. Great work or whatever you want to call it and Hunter just got a raise. No wonder people are getting killed trying to get into this country, where else could this kind of stuff happen. .

GT hulk

April 30th, 2011
5:44 pm

Be hard for him to get the one and dones now—-maybe he can still go after the tattoo guys

The Anti-BuzzDraft

April 30th, 2011
6:04 pm

The truth is DRad asked CPH to stay when St. John’s wanted him. That’s the only reason he stayed. Ask DRad yourself.

tech still is on the hook for the entire buyout, thanks to Braine

April 30th, 2011
6:10 pm

Braine actually wanted a lifetime contract for Hewitt the Great

and a football program not expected to win very often.

D A DoubleU G

April 30th, 2011
6:19 pm

Good for him.

He is still a talented coach, just lost the fanbase at Tech.

NFL Draft

April 30th, 2011
6:31 pm

The Baltimore Ravens drafted Anthony Allen.

Alabama Communist

April 30th, 2011
6:32 pm

A secret agreedment has emerged from Tech that required Paul to collect his 7.2 million payout said that he had to work part-time at Taco Bell as head server and political adviser to the Republican Tea Party.. Paul’s lawyers told Tech to stick it on the Tea Party deal but he would start working Monday at a Virgina Taco Bell to be name later..They also said he would be able to balance his coaching duties by hiring a 20 man and one women coaching staff to run the George Mason Team. He also said it was great to be working for George Washington the founder of the University and it’s basketball team.