If Hewitt leaves, would Tubby coach Tech? UPDATED!

Update: Apparently it’s a moot point now: ESPN and the New York Daily News are reporting that Paul Hewitt has turned down St. John’s and is staying at Georgia Tech.

We don’t yet know what Paul Hewitt will decide regarding St. John’s, but the inevitable speculation has begun: If Hewitt leaves, then Tubby Smith must be the first choice to replace him — mustn’t he?

Two things to note about Tubby Smith: First, that of all the college basketball coaches I’ve known, he’s my favorite; second, that of all the Tubby rumors since he left Georgia for Kentucky in 1997, not one has been accurate. And there have been a bunch.

Tubby to Auburn this year. (Obviously didn’t happen, given that the Tigers just hired Tony Barbee from UTEP.) Tubby back to Georgia last year. Tubby to South Carolina a while back. (Almost happened but didn’t.) Tubby to the Atlanta Hawks on at least three different occasions. (Never got close.) Tubby to the Charlotte Bobcats. Tubby to Michigan in 2007.

Back to that last one: Tubby finally did leave Kentucky in 2007, but it wasn’t for Michigan. It was for Minnesota, and here, as I understand it, is the way that happened: Smith got so fed up with the lack of support from AD Mitch Barnhart that he called his agent and said, “See what’s out there.” The Gophers didn’t pursue Tubby. He pursued them. It happened so fast that there wasn’t even a Tubby-to-Minny rumor.

Speculation has long held that Tubby won’t stay in Minneapolis because it’s cold up there. Two things more: The man is 58, and he’s not apt to want to start over many more times before he retires, and I have it on good authority he can afford a house with central heating.

I don’t see him coming to Tech if the job comes open — and let me stress: It might not – and I can’t see the Jackets pursuing him if it does. He’s a a fine man and a great coach, but he is, as noted, 58. I would guess Dan Radakovich would prefer a younger man. Just my guess, you understand.

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Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 25th, 2010
10:52 am

That would be a great pickup for GT….

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 25th, 2010
10:53 am

Mark -

Does he have a buyout cause at Minnesota?

jacketsfan

March 25th, 2010
10:53 am

lets give mark price a call I hear he is waiting by the phone

GT2002

March 25th, 2010
10:56 am

Steve Alford will be introduced as the new head coach over the weekend.

Steve Brown

March 25th, 2010
10:56 am

From Minnesota:
Pioneer Press
Updated: 03/24/2010 09:59:41 AM CDT

Tubby Smith

For the past month, I’ve been waiting for Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt’s name to be linked to another head coaching position.

It finally happened Tuesday, when reports surfaced that Georgia Tech athletics director Dan Radakovich had given St. John’s permission to talk to Hewitt for its vacant coaching job.

Why should that matter in Minnesota? Because Georgia Tech is the one potential coaching opening that should most worry Gophers basketball fans, the one that could lure away Tubby Smith.

The Yellow Jackets are more of a threat than any of the schools rumored to be interested in Smith this year, such as Oregon and Auburn — and even Virginia and Arizona last year.

A person close to Smith told me about a month ago that Georgia Tech “would be an intriguing job” for Smith if it were to open up this year. The person said Smith didn’t want to rebuild another program, which is why Oregon and Auburn don’t make sense for him…

Mark Bradley

March 25th, 2010
10:58 am

I believe Tubby does have a buyout.

Helena Engineer

March 25th, 2010
11:03 am

Mike Anderson is 51, which is a bit younger. Any chance Tech could lure him away from Missouri? I know Georgia failed, but the ACC might tip the scales. He would be expensive, but I think he would win big at Tech. He is from Birmingham and may want to get back south with the right opportunity, which was not the one in Athens.

ACC Hoops

March 25th, 2010
11:03 am

Can we get a package deal where Bradley and Hewitt both leave Atlanta???

Chief Nocahoma

March 25th, 2010
11:04 am

One other point is that it will be a cold day in hell before Tech hires anyone associated with the program at the so called “state university” located east of Atlanta, That is unless he passes the “how bad do you hate them” pre-qualification test.

Mark Bradley

March 25th, 2010
11:05 am

Mike Anderson is an intriguing name, Helena.

JacketSteve

March 25th, 2010
11:07 am

Hewitt should have given Mark Price a call to teach his players how to shoot free throws. Any coach who comes to Tech needs to realize the amount of talent and character (thank you Bobby C) that has come through this program and use it to keep advancing Tech in the national scene. They should use people like Price, John Salley, Dennis Scott, Matt Harpring, Kenny Anderson, and others, if not as coaches but as mentors. I know what you’re thinking, Kenny Anderson, a mentor? Kenny was a New York City legend and is still talked about on the playgrounds of NYC who brought Tech to its first ever Final Four. Didn’t we all think with Hewitt’s New York background that we’d have the chance to see more players like that at Tech? If I was a star in NYC and had Kenny Anderson telling me that Ga Tech and Atlanta are a great place to be, I’d put Tech on my list of schools to visit.

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 25th, 2010
11:07 am

I wouldn’t be hearbroken if Tubby were the guy but lets not count our chickens are hatched when the rooster isn’t out of the hen house yet. Just the fact that there would be some change is like Christmas morning given there was no way GT could fire Hewatt because of his contract.

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 25th, 2010
11:09 am

left off “before they”

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 25th, 2010
11:10 am

Chief is that becuase they hired Bill Lewis from the “state school” and it turned out to be the worst hire ever?

Bruce Mac

March 25th, 2010
11:11 am

Intriguing as in “I wonder how it would be to dodge Swords at work?”

Born2Buzz

March 25th, 2010
11:13 am

Tubby is too old. But you never know. I’m sure DRad has a list of candidates in his drawer (doesn’t every AD have such a list). I trust he will make the right hire, if needed.

Hewitt probably wants to go but is going to have to do his best recruiting ever to convince the wife and family to go back to NYC.

And one more aside, that is pretty small in the grand scheme of things but I know it rankles Tech grads every time, that is when a coach or anyone associated with Tech refers to the school as a University, as Hewitt did the other day. We are the Institute! Another strike against Hewitt with the masses, even though it is kind of petty.

Angus

March 25th, 2010
11:13 am

Do you all think a “young” coach is what Tech needs to match up with Coach K, Ol’ Roy, & G. Williams? I don’t.

Tubby may have been a good candidate had he not coached at UGA – I have to agree with Chief.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 25th, 2010
11:13 am

Just leave Phewitt.

Please, I’m begging ya!!!

Bruce Mac

March 25th, 2010
11:14 am

Intriguing as in “I want to learn how to make the Sweet 16 and get criticized for having too much talent?”

Gordon

March 25th, 2010
11:14 am

This all comes down to the wives. Will Hewitt’s wife let him leave Atlanta since she likes it here, and will Tubby’s wife let him stay up there since she doesn’t like the cold. Women run the world.

Mike Anderson just signed a long term deal with Missouri, as did Jacobson with Northern Iowa. I don’t think either is leaving. I think Brad Stevens might be the hire.

GT in CT

March 25th, 2010
11:16 am

Can someone help me understand Hewitt’s contract situation? There was a $7 mil buyout before, which I thought amounted to 5 years of salary. But the rollover/renewal occurred recently, so shouldn’t it now be $8.5 mil? I’m still seeing the same $7 mil figure in the press. If that’s true, what did the rollover do and why did that date matter?

Cameron

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

Mark, everybody keeps saying Mark Price. Does he have any coaching experience and what is your gut feeling on him if he were to be a head coach for us?

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 25th, 2010
11:21 am

I want a coach that can get players that want to go to school for more than a week, READ, Chew Gum, and are TEAM players(not with a cellphone up their butt to their friends).

Gordon

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

GT in CT,

It went from 5 years to 6. If we were to fire him today, we would owe him approximately 8.4 million. That number slowly drops to 7 million over the next year, then jumps back up to 8.4 million if he is not notified by March 16th each year. Not a bad deal, huh?

Depending on what St. Johns/Hewitt pays GT for their buyout (up to 3.5M), GT may make as much as 12 million on this, plus get a better coach. Not a bad day’s work. Even if GT doesn’t get anything, we are out from under the contract.

RamblinRed

March 25th, 2010
11:23 am

Price actually did come in one year and work with the men on FT’s. Not in an official capacity.

Price would be a no go as a HC. He has made it clear he isn’t interested in recruiting.

Mark Bradley

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

I believe Price coached Whitefield Academy here in Cobb County.

Cameron

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

I like the sound of Brad Stevens or what about the head coach of Dayton, I know they are playing in the NIT but they are solid every year.

Sableman

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

Mark, do you have anything else to write about other than Georgia Tech basketball and your personal attack on Coach Hewitt? Most of what you write is negative. I know that is way to sell papers and get people to comment but it is tiresome and not very creative. What don’t you write about something else? We got rid of one moron here in Terence Moore, when will you join him and leave too? You’re probably one of those sports writers who has never even picked up a basketball. You may not even know that a basketball is round. (It is, by the way.)

GT in CT

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

Gordon: Thanks. So then I’m right that the press reports I’m seeing about the amount of the buyout are wrong – they need to update the amount.

GT in CT

March 25th, 2010
11:28 am

Mark Bradley

March 25th, 2010
11:29 am

I’ve read the Post article, GT in CT. Again I say: I don’t believe Coach Hewitt has made his choice.

Mark Bradley

March 25th, 2010
11:30 am

Although I also must say: I think we’ll know something within 24 hours, and maybe this afternoon.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

March 25th, 2010
11:30 am

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Rack up another one for the BLIND Tech fanbase!!! Don’t forget you Nerds, Tubby was a DAWG coach a few short years ago. You HATED him simply because he had the longated “G” on his shirt. Now you think he is just the greatest thing ever when thinking he would come coach you idiots. (which he wont)

I am looking so forward for Paul “Han Solo” Johnson to call a mandatory meeting with ALL Tech fans (all 800 or so of you) and present a vat of purple kool-aid for all to partake. The world will then be a much better place.

oh….. one more thing….

{{{{{30-24}}}}}

It hurts you Nerds more than you will EVER admit!!!

JacketSteve

March 25th, 2010
11:31 am

I don’t care if Tubby did coach at the dog pen. He’s a great coach whose kids played AAU ball here in Atlanta. That means that Tubby knows all the great AAU coaches and has the connections to bring the best players to Tech. And he can coach.

Tech First

March 25th, 2010
11:32 am

I still like Mark Price as the next HC. I would be happy with Andersen but cant see him leaving. How about Mike Davis or Dayton HC.

Paul in RDU

March 25th, 2010
11:33 am

I think Tubby is a great coach but I can’t see GT hiring him. They would need to pay over $2 MM in salary/benefits/etc and there is a $1 MM buyout in his contract. DRad is wondering how to pay the likely increase in tuition for the scholarship athletes – he would need to get the buyout money for Tubby from St. John’s

Cameron

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

I like the dayton head coach too, but I just saw on his bio he is extended thru 2017-18 so he might carry a huge buyout.

Indigo

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

Tubby left Kentucky, a place where the fans wanted more and were dissatisfied with him and gave him hell.. Once he reads what Georgia Tech “fans’ said about Hewitt on this blog, he would want nothing of Tech.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

nickj0321

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

NO ex UGA coaches please

Paul in RDU

March 25th, 2010
11:37 am

Mark – The articles in the New York media talk about how CPH has great relationships with the HS and AAU coaches up there, would be able to recruit the city very well, etc. What I don’t understand is why didn’t GT see the benefits of that? GT has had great players from NYC (Salley, Anderson, Marbury) but I can’t think of any off-hand that CPH brought in.

Born2Buzz

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Gordon is right but the total number is a little off. He has a perpetual 6 year deal and the 6 year total is $8.25M (6 x his max salary of $1.375M). Here is the actual contract if you are so inclined to read it in sordid detail.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/12695201/Paul-Hewitt-Contract-Georgia-Tech-basketball

Dawglasville

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Tubby left UGA and is still loved by Georgia fans. GiGi may have had helped ease the disappointment but I think it speaks volumes about the type of coach and person he is.

kenbud

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

I’m on the Mike Davis bandwagon ….. Loved his passion on the court side against UNC on Tuesday. Felt instantly he could work @ Tech.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Indigo…

You really think in your right mind Tubby “left Kentucky”????

You are a fool. NOBODY leaves Kentucky. Kentucky is just a snooty program with a fanbase of slave owning horse farmers who expect undefeated seasons every year. If a coach doesn’t bring a championship there in a span of 3 years they are shwon the door.

{{{{{30-24}}}}

GT in CT

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

WFAN reported Siena’s Fran McCaffery was going to talk to Tech, but he denied that.

Raider Fan

March 25th, 2010
11:40 am

Bring back Bobby Cremins. Done a fine job at CoC.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

March 25th, 2010
11:42 am

“Gather round my miserable jacket congregation. Before you, I have Purple Kool-Aid. We must take control of our own destiny. Since I commanded you to punch Dawg fans in the face, we have been on the condemned list. Drink my children, for William Shatner’s spaceship will pick us up on the other side. Drink! Drink! Drink!”

-Paul Johnson

Jim

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

90% of the coaches out there will do a better job than blewitt. One of the worst coaches in ncaa history. Good luck with that Johns.

Cameron

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

I like Bobby Cremins too, but I could also seeing it be weird playing on a court already named for him and the pressure that would put on him. I don’t think he would want to hurt his legacy here, even tho he could strengthen it.