Georgia Tech may finalize Paul Hewitt decision over weekend

Paul Hewitt likely will meet with Dan Radakovich Saturday or Sunday.

Paul Hewitt likely will meet with Dan Radakovich Saturday or Sunday.

No, he hasn’t been fired yet.

Paul Hewitt remains Georgia Tech’s basketball coach today, and don’t expect that to change until at least the weekend. This isn’t about Hewitt’s perceived security (or lack thereof) as much as it is logistics. Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich remained in Greensboro Friday for ACC meetings and is not scheduled to return to Atlanta until tonight.

Radakovich and Hewitt are expected to meet over the weekend. Assuming some resolution is reached quickly — and at this point, Hewitt’s firing seems a foregone conclusion — a decision will be announced almost immediately.

There is an outside chance that Tech will not make an announcement until early next week. But given the difficulty of keeping any decision under wraps in today’s 24/7 media world, that’s unlikely.

If Hewitt is fired, the only matter to be resolved is how he is paid the balance of his rollover contract (approximately $7 million). Paying that balance over the remaining five years on the contract would put less pressure on Georgia Tech’s crunched athletic department budget.

According to Hewitt’s contract, he must be informed 30 days prior to April 15 of any year if Tech chooses to terminate the rollover of his contract, otherwise a sixth year is added. That means the deadline is Wednesday, March 16.

An excerpt of the contract:

Commencing April 15, 2005 and on April 15th of each year thereafter, the Term of this Agreement shall be automatically extended by one (1) additional year so that, on April 15th of each year, the Term of this Agreement shall be six (6) years unless the Association determines that an extension rollover not be made and notifies Hewitt of its decision in writing not less than thirty (30) days prior to April 15th in any year during the Term.  In the event the Association timely notifies Hewitt in writing that such extension rollover should not be made in accordance with the immediately preceding sentence, then this Agreement shall be deemed terminated by the Association Without Cause (as hereinafter defined) and Association shall compensate Hewitt in accordance with the terms of Section 10 of this Agreement.

Hewitt just coached his 11th season at Tech, finishing 13-18. The Jackets lost their opening game of the ACC tournament to Virginia Tech, 59-43. It didn’t help Hewitt’s cause that they looked uninspired and were not competitive.

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271 comments Add your comment

GTBob

March 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

I predict he will be gone on Monday. No point in firing him until the ACC tournament is over.

Coach Cool

March 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

Good man. Poor coach

JSS

March 11th, 2011
12:02 pm

Well, it would make sense for him tax wise. Could he still pursue other positions if Tech spreads out the payments?

Chuck Sheen

March 11th, 2011
12:02 pm

Couple sources say it’s already a done deal. Just needs to be finalized this weekend. Thank goodness…

Dawg Nation

March 11th, 2011
12:02 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep Paul Hewitt AND Johnson.

Thank you!!

-Dawg Nation

duiU

March 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

Congrats to Georgia Tech, for going a full week without a current or former athlete getting a DUI

5150 UOAD

March 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

Don’t take luster off the ACC Tourney by firing Hewitt, forcing the Talking Heads to discuss a bad subject.

MattyB

March 11th, 2011
12:05 pm

Time for a change. To sit in a hotbed of hoops talent and to have only done so little with it is unimpressive and uninspiring. Tech fans deserve better. Sorry CPH, but it’s time for D-Rad to pull the trigger.

BillS

March 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

Yep, a decent guy who couldn’t coach the jackets. That happens a lot in college athletics, doesn’t it? Win or be gone. And with budgets of tens of millions of dollars, athletic departments have little choice. So let’s make college the semi-pro leagues, pay the athletes and rate the coaches on nothing but won-loss records. Hmm, come to think of it, I believe we’re doing that now.

D A DoubleU G

March 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

hey 5150!!

You plan on being the annoying troll during the live blog for the UGA game today????

What time does Tech play today anyway?? Or the rest of the college basketball season for that matter??

GT Dad

March 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

Realize this is a tough situation for all involved, but Hewitt must be gone. Last night’s game was just another example of poor coaching and preparation. GT BB fans are sick and tired of being embarrassed and desperately want a reason to engage (watch, attend, care).

The very LEAST Hewitt should do is go along with a deal to spread out the payments.

DRad, now’s the time.

5150 UOAD

March 11th, 2011
12:09 pm

Wow, @duiU UGA hasn’t gone a whole Month without some type of ISSUE in over 1 1/2 years. UGA either has a player arrested or a football recruiting violation. UGA just the Cesspool of the South. Always was and always will be.

TomB

March 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

Tough decision for Tech financially, but Hewitt has coached himself out of a job. An overall conference winning percentage of 40 percent, and only 36 percent over his final five seasons is not worthy of retention. He’s had his chances and ten years is a long time to make your case. I feel bad for anyone who loses their job, but this is certainly justified from Tech’s perspective.

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:13 pm

Sounds like Georgia Tech needs to borrow some money.

We are absolutely rolling in the dough out here in Athens. I thought you Techies were geniuses?? Why do you have so much trouble marketing your team and getting your hands on the GIANT pile of money college athletics creates in the South??

Oh?? Because your academic requirements are tougher?? Sorry. I forgot that fact.

What??

March 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

5150 – You are an idiot. the latest recruiting violation had nothing to do with UGA. They had no part in it.

5150 UOAD

March 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

Please don’t say MARK PRICE.
Mark Price has coached some small private Christian schools and has been a shooting coach to some NBA teams. There is nothing to indicate that Mark Price can coach a lick much less compete in the ACC. Mark Price will be spending the next few years in Chapel Hill watching his daughter plat tennis for the Tarheels.

The Original WDE

March 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

Haha are the UGA fans on here talking trash about a DUI?

In their trailer-park minds, that makes everything square when compared to the total moral corruption of their entire football roster.

TomB

March 11th, 2011
12:17 pm

UHH, because we don’t cheat UGA Athletic Department, that’s why.

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:17 pm

What??,

Do not bother trying to figure out 5150. He and his little techie buddies are absolutely obsessed with making things up about UGA and convincing themselves they are correct.

Here is an example.

http://www.stingtalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52739

Read how these nerds create things in their heads about how UGA runs things, then makes stabs at us for it.

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

TomB,

ANOTHER example of a Techie making stuff up and convincing himself that he is correct.

Please state the “cheating” you are mentioning.

When you are done, take a gander at my example of a program “cheating”

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2227377

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:22 pm

“because we (Georgia Tech) don’t cheat!”
-TomB

REALLY???? http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2227377

Care to explain that link TomB?????

Sportsfan

March 11th, 2011
12:23 pm

D A doubleU G…I was a dawg fan before becoming a GT fan. Even attended UGA 2 years before transfer. Well its fan like you that turns me and others off on UGA. No Class, alot of disrespect for other schools and there fans. Even UGA fans don’t agree. Fire Richt etc… last football season for example. You need to get a life..

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:24 pm

We just signed a $7.2M check to add flowers and plant trees around our already beautiful athletic facilities. Just another day in the office. :)

D A DoubleU G

March 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

Sportsfan,

I believe I made a stab at 5150, who is a chronic pest on all these blogs. I do not remember putting down anybody or anything else??

If you cannot handle smack talk amongst sports fans, I would suggest in the future you stop scrolling your computer screen down at the end of the article. YOU chose to read these comments, the comments did not chose you.

5150 UOAD

March 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

What??
“The University of Georgia (UGA) is reporting an institutional violation of NCAA Bylaws . . . within our program,” McGarity wrote in the letter. “The violation involves prospective student-athlete (PSA) Mr. Ray Drew and two former letter winners who appear to be representatives of the University’s athletics interests.”

I think the University just admitted to a few violations.
@What??? your are an Idiot that can’t read.

southsideDawg

March 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

Enter your comments here

TomB

March 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

Which year would you like for me to start UGA Athletic Department? Basketball, Football? Your choice.

Gatorman

March 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

Thank goodness David Braine never worked for Florida, we would never have won the two National Championships. Whoever approved Braines contract for Hewitt should also be shown the door. Stupidity should not be tolerated at any level in the administration.

GTPhenom

March 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

I see the trolls on both sides are out in force again today, when are they ever not on the AJC. To bring a little levity back to the discussion and get us back to the topic at hand, it is unfortunate, because Hewitt isn’t a bad guy, but the record speaks for itself. He’s been sharp with fans and media, can’t coach the offense one bit, and had had what, three losing seasons since getting to the finals? One year of winning conference record (completely pathetic), and just a general sense of disdain from him when he talks. Hate to see the trigger for so much money be pulled, and hate to see a man lose his job, but it is far past time. He should have taken the job last season with St. John’s and saved everyone (except perhaps St. John’s) a lot of trouble in this situation. We all saw the writing on the wall about this season adn nothing was done. Another lost season now needs to equal a lost head coach. Sorry Hewitt, time to go.

ManUp...

March 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

So many Dawgtrolls, not a MENTION of their team in the article. Odd? Or typical?

Blue Fox

March 11th, 2011
12:29 pm

Jeff, hope you’re right, but with the “lost” construction year looming, D’Rad may decide to delay the Hewitt buy-out an additional season to give 12 months to lure a new coach to the renovated coliseum.

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:30 pm

TomB,

lets start with any football year in which the Dawgs hander your bugs their stingers on a platter. So you have MANY to chose from.

Still waiting on your explanation of the link I gave you. Here it is again in case you misplaced it.
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2227377

And “cheating” does not include having former players who are in no way employed by the UGA Athletic Department attend an 18 year old kids press conference in south Georgia. But if you want to call it “cheating” to make you feel better about your BROKE A– program, maybe we will give you that one.

9-1

ManUp...

March 11th, 2011
12:31 pm

But anyway, it would seem Hewitt is a nice guy who rankles fans with his inconsistent tone toward the media and their ideas of what should be happening on the hardwood…and a piss-poor Win/Loss record.

Time to go!

gtne80

March 11th, 2011
12:31 pm

Keep him. Save the buyout bucks for next year. It won’t hurt attendance next year that much since attendance will likely such anyway (no home court). This would be the best decision for the long-term health of the WHOLE athletic program. We’re already hurting because of the Gailey buyout.

No inbreds please

March 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

5150 do like most GT fans…. don’t read the DAWG CRAP!

JSS

March 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

The two old spinsters are at it again… This is going to be a long day!

gtjet

March 11th, 2011
12:34 pm

couple of things….first, dog fans get lost….i have never been on a bulldog post and never will….who gives a crap…second, why is paul hewitt a great guy…he seems pretty dishonorable to me….this contract is disgraceful and gives him no incentive to achieve….never ever heard him take blame for anything…his teams not only stink, but they are unwatchable….good riddance….finally, if i see another lameass note from DRAD about what it takes to be a Techman, I may barf….please give us back GT hoops….make them watchable again!

TomB

March 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

Yea, now you want to define what cheating is UGA Athletic Department. Maybe you would rather discuss your former AD? Or maybe UGA’s infamous arrest record?

GT93

March 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

Terms for Termination in Hewitt’s Contract, Section 10.g.(8)

Termination Pay Not Subject To Offset or Duty To Mitigate:

“The Parties acknowledge and agree that, to the extent that Hewitt’s employment shall be terminated by Association Without Cause, or upon the death or Disability of Hewitt, neither the payment obligations of the Association nor the entitlement of Hewitt or his estate to receive the payments as set forth in this Section shall be reduced, affected, modified or be subject to offset or any duty to mitigate of any type whatsoever by virtue of any subsequent employment that Hewitt may procure.”

you may address personal letters, complaints, or flaming bags of dog$hit to::

Paul Hewitt
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Georgia Tech Athletic Association
150 Bobby Dodd Way, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30332-0455

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

UGA Athletics = Black ink

GT Athletics = Red ink

Lady Jackets1

March 11th, 2011
12:37 pm

Blue Fox —thats BS.

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:40 pm

TomB,

Our former AD was absolutely wonderful behind the desk. He brought in more money for UGA in his short tenure that any GT AD will bring in over a 30 year span. He made a very embarrassing, bonehead decision and is paying dearly for it.

Arrest record at UGA…. you point out the “real” criminals on that record and I will match it with one from Tech recently. Driving with a suspended license or drinking underage is far from “criminal”, and much more “bonehead”. How is Robert Hall these days, anyway??

Still waiting for the explanation for THIS…… http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2227377

GT 65

March 11th, 2011
12:44 pm

Thanks for info GT93 @12:36

GTBob

March 11th, 2011
12:44 pm

UGA Athletic Department reads Sting Talk also? That is three different (maybe) UGA fans on the blogs in the past week that read Sting Talk. Obsessed with GT much?

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:45 pm

Every other article on Sting Talk is about UGA. As a UGA fan i actually get more dawg info there than Tech. It’s the “THWG” obsession that helps me read UGA articles everywhere there are Jacket backed blogs.

GT93

March 11th, 2011
12:47 pm

GoJackets!

March 11th, 2011
12:48 pm

So they say Hewitt is a nice guy. But who isn’t? Isn’t Roy Willams nice? Isn’t Seth Greenberg nice? They all seem nice persons to my view. How many coaches are known for not being nice? That has no bearing in this. Hewitt will be gone by next Wednesday. And for those of you say they should keep him one more year because there will be no home games, I say that’s actually perfect to have a new coach. After dismal season by Hewitt and no home games, the expectation will be low. He can come in and try whatever that could work with not much pressure. And another reason to do this now is recruiting. No decent high school players will consider Tech if Hewitt’s around one more year and will be gone after. Let a new coach recruit next year so they can open the improved stadium with new players.

UGA Athletic Department

March 11th, 2011
12:48 pm

Since TomB is in denial about this…..

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2227377

Any other Techies want to take a stab on explaining his comment about “UGA cheating and Tech not”???

TomB

March 11th, 2011
12:49 pm

I’ll start with this article, UGA Athletic Department. Please don’t forget to see the column on the left in this 2008 piece.

http://blog.al.com/bn/2008/03/sec_no_2_for_most_ncaa_infract.html

ManUp...

March 11th, 2011
12:51 pm

THWG is not an obsession. It’s a tradition. It come from the world’s best fight song.

Jealousy doesn’t become you.