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.
By Jeff Schultz
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