Are you stunned by Georgia Tech’s loss at Siena? Me, neither

This marks the third time in 11 seasons Georgia Tech has lost five non-conference games before Christmas under Paul Hewitt. This is significant because Tech under Hewitt has only once done better than 8-8 in ACC play.

Simple math: Five non-league losses plus eight conference losses plus another in the ACC tournament — the Jackets have never won that event under Hewitt — and you’ve got 14. Fourteen is too many to get a team into the NCAA field. (Yeah, I know the field has expanded this season — by three. Same difference.) And Hewitt has said he believes this team is good enough to be an NCAA team.

More history: The two other times Tech under Hewitt has lost five non-league games before Christmas, it hasn’t just missed the NCAA — it has finished with a losing record. (The Jackets were 15-16 in 2000-2001, 15-17 in 2007-2008.) Should Tech have a losing season in 2010-2011, that would make three in the past four tries. That would be enough under ordinary circumstances to find a new coach, but the circumstances at the Flats aren’t ordinary. Hewitt has that perpetual rollover and his $7 million buyout.

On Wednesday the Jackets lost at Siena, where Hewitt used to coach. The Associated Press used the word “stun” to describe what the Saints had done to Tech, but why should anybody be stunned? Tech’s first loss of the season was by 17 points at Kennesaw State, which has gone 0-9 since. Its third loss came by 21 points at Northwestern, which just lost to St. John’s, which was so desperate for a new coach it spoke with Hewitt in March. (Against Tech, Northwestern scored 55 points in the first 20 minutes.)

Now Siena. The Saints played a zone and dared Tech to shoot from the perimeter, something the Jackets had done well in a loss against Syracuse, which plays the nation’s best zone. Tech made eight second-half baskets against Siena, only three of them on jump shots. When you have a team laden with guards, you should be able to make jump shots. Not this night, alas.

Oh, and here’s the really depressing part: Siena’s second-leading scorer on the season didn’t play (bad ankle), and its leading scorer played sick. (Also hurt. Ryan Rossiter caught an elbow in the first half. Still scored 19 points.) And while there have been good Siena teams in years past — the Saints have reached the past three NCAA tournaments — this wouldn’t appear to be one. The victory improved the Saints’ record to 4-6.

As for Tech, it was Loss No. 5 against a schedule that hasn’t been terribly imposing. The Jackets have faced one ranked opponent. The aggregate record of the six teams they’ve beaten is 35-39. Only one ACC team has lost as many as five games already, and at least Wake Forest has the excuse of playing under a new coach. Tech, as we know, is working under the same coach.

By Mark Bradley

253 comments Add your comment

P

December 23rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Brian

December 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Fire Hewitt now!!!

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

P plucks the kudos.

Rich T

December 23rd, 2010
12:43 pm

Nothing about the Hewitt-coached Jackets squad surprises me anymore.

Keeper

December 23rd, 2010
12:43 pm

I’m just stunned they beat my Spiders. Only thing I can figure is our guys got distracted by the Bahamas surroundings. At the end of the year, I’m fairly certain that Richmond’s going to look back and see that as one of its worst losses of the season.

LizellaJacket

December 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

I don’t know how the man looks at himself in the mirror. Paul, Please leave.

EDawg71

December 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Let’s hear it Tecchies…you guys just can’t sign the talent that other teams can…right?

CT_Jacket

December 23rd, 2010
12:46 pm

No, I’m not stunned and this way beyond embarrassing. I went to Tech in the late 80s when national rankings and national following were common. Now, we can’t even get a recap on a game on ESPN.com because there is no interest. The program is in the worst shape since before Cremins took over.

"Chef" Tim Dix

December 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

It hurts GA RPI!

As far as college basketball goes, he has to wear a name tag to be relevant.

Newtonite

December 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

Same old story. Apparently not many people want to comment this time. It’s all been said already. The good news for Hewitt is that no one wants to vent about him any more. He can continue to lose, and nobody really cares. He can’t win, and he can’t be fired. Ho hum.

Buzz

December 23rd, 2010
12:48 pm

WOW!!!! Tech losing!!! FIRE CPH NOW!!!!!!! DRAD you have no NUGGETS!!!!!

E.O. Wheeler

December 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

The sad part is that I don’t think anyone cares anymore.

Shane

December 23rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Paul Hewitt
You are a joke of a coach. You’re a disgrace. You know this contract should be changed. It was made by a moron at a time when economic times were different. But will you step down. No. Would you negotiate a fairer deal. How about the same payout freidgen is getting. 2 million and just go away. We deserve better than a loser like you.

Paul Hewitt

December 23rd, 2010
12:52 pm

What do you people expect? I’m a glorified AAU coach who thinks Xs and Os are for tic-tac-toe!

Ol' Yellow Pants

December 23rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Typical of the Jackets fall from grace……they’re just another average basketball program. They would be better suited to the Sunbelt Conference…..might even be conference champs.

Now they’re just chumps.

Paul Hewitt

December 23rd, 2010
12:54 pm

Aren’t you glad I didn’t go to St Johns?

Paul Hewitt

December 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

I bet we could beat the UConn women!

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Ted M

December 23rd, 2010
12:57 pm

Mark,

If DRad decided a change was needed, would it better to fire him now or wait til after the season is over?

UGADawg83

December 23rd, 2010
12:57 pm

Paul Hewitt = Dwayne Morrison

Ted M

December 23rd, 2010
12:58 pm

The Jackets are below average.

P

December 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

We know that the guys on the tech team are athletes, but the shooting must improve for them to be relevant. Spend a practice just shooting, shooting tired afterw wind sprints, and shooting with pressure (have Nate Hicks / Daniel Miller take turns rushing a shooter). Don’t leave the gym until you hit 10/15 from 18 ft. With just a few more shots falling, they win. Also, what was up with the FT disparity last night (Sienna 27 to Tech 5)? Was the fouling really that lopsided?

bruce mac

December 23rd, 2010
1:01 pm

I hope Tech loses every game but why in the world would the AD not invoke whatever clause needs to be invoked to start the clock on a seperation at a reasonable price? Surely to goodness it is not a contract for life. How many under acheiving years does the man deserve? With this attitude CMR could milk another five years out of his deal.

Ted M

December 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

would it “be” better to fire

wxwax

December 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Think Radakovich can take up a secret collection to buy out Hewitt?

ps What do you think of the WaPo movie critic’s ranking of Cohen Bros. movies?

http://wapo.st/hMJkn8

It's Time

December 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Sure, it will cost $7 million to get rid of the guy, but D-Rad’s gotta think about how much revenue he’s losing from all of the empty seats — $450 per season ticket plus Tech Fund contributions, concessions, parking, etc… That’s gotta add up. Heck, there’s so much apathy, they had a couple thousand empty seats for the UGA game.

wxwax

December 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Shoot.

I meant Coen.

Drat.

The Grinch

December 23rd, 2010
1:03 pm

I’m a UGA fan and am usually delighted when Tech loses in any sport. But honestly, this is just sad. It’s no fun to gloat when you guys don’t even try. This may sound like a sarcastic question but I swear it really isn’t: Is your AD retarded? Honestly. That’s the only possible reason I can imagine signing ANYONE to a contract that cannot be gotten out of, especially if he’s a complete and utter loser. I respect Tech’s academic standards, but they obviously didn’t apply them to the AD position. Did he actually graduate from Tech, or was a GED good enough?

t

December 23rd, 2010
1:04 pm

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
1:04 pm

I have always considered “Fargo” overrated, wxwax. I much prefer “Blood Simple.” (And, of course, “Raising Arizona.”)

Ted M

December 23rd, 2010
1:05 pm

I want Hewitt fired but I don’t think he will settle for less then the $7mil his contract stipulates. In fact he would have to be an idiot to do that. He’s not an idiot, he just a really really bad basketball coach.

Navigator

December 23rd, 2010
1:06 pm

I get the feeling the team senses the inability of the coach to build a cohesive team. It’s too bad the program has degenerated to where it is (remember they once played for the National Championship). Hewitt won’t leave under his own accord because of the millions of dollars he would lose, and the probability he won’t get a major school head coaching job again.

acowa

December 23rd, 2010
1:06 pm

Way to pile on Bark. How shocking!

acowa

December 23rd, 2010
1:08 pm

It’s crowds like these that will ultimately force the issue.

link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgNIULxolI8

Ted M

December 23rd, 2010
1:09 pm

“Intolerable Cruelty” was total stinker and that guy has it above “No Country for Old Men”

DJacket

December 23rd, 2010
1:09 pm

bruce mac, there IS no ‘reasonable price’. The price is $7,000,000. Period. When we tell CPH he’s not coming back, we owe him $7 Mil.

Thank you, Dave “Learn to Live with Medocrity” Brane….

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
1:10 pm

I liked “No Country for Old Men.” But I didn’t love it.

West Coast Bias

December 23rd, 2010
1:13 pm

I used to be able to quote Raising Arizona lines like nobody’s business but I’ve killed a lot of brain since then. Also, Miller’s Crossing- very underrated.

West Coast Bias

December 23rd, 2010
1:14 pm

brain cells… see what I mean?

GTBob

December 23rd, 2010
1:14 pm

@The Grinch, our current AD didn’t give Hewitt his contract, our idiot former AD did. Now our AD is faced with the prospect of having to fire a coach and eat 7 million dollars for the buyout. It’s not an easy situation to deal with but hopefully he finally pulls the trigger after this season.

Ted M

December 23rd, 2010
1:14 pm

We owe him $7 Mil if he stays too. So just hire somebody who will work for a lot less. It would be impossible to hire a worse coach.

Mark Richt

December 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm

Welcome to my world

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm

I like “Miller’s Crossing.” Rewards repeat viewing, as critics say.

Greg

December 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm

Mark…everyone…I’d just like to know: what exactly would it take for Tech to swallow the money it would lose getting rid of Hewitt, and get a decent coach? What would it take?

DJacket

December 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

The Grinch, you are correct with regards to our AD. At the time, it was Dave Brane, who defended Chan Gailey by telling the fan base “Georgia Tech can win nine or 10 games. They will never do that consistently. That’s my feeling … because of the type of program this is.”

Thankfully, DB is gone and Dan Radakovich is the new AD. The problem is, he left behind Paul Hewitt’s $7 Million contract. We simply don’t have $7,000,000 to give a basketball coach who cannot coach. This will require a magician, I believe.

Eastside Jacket

December 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

It wasn’t the current AD who signed Blewitt to this atrocious contract. It was the previous AD, Dave Braineless. Nonetheless, it’s way passed time for the current AD to do something. He should have fired him after the 2008-09 season.

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

I really can’t say, Greg. The money’s not there.

JB

December 23rd, 2010
1:18 pm

You guys could hire the guy at Augusta State….Went to title game last year, lost most of team and is 9-0 this year. The guy can coach. He’d come for 400K.

GT65

December 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm

“which just lost to St. John’s, which was so desperate for a new coach it spoke with Hewitt in April”

…classic! …lol

UGA Athletic Department

December 23rd, 2010
1:20 pm

Hey Techies,

We can make you Nerds a deal. You need $7M to buy out the Wizard of Techwood’s lifetime contract correct? Just so happens, we make about that in a SINGLE home football game.

So if you sign on the dotted line, and agree to bring your JV football team to Athens to play Clean Old Fashioned Hate for the next 5 years, we will give you the $7M you need, while we keep the other $28M.

This will not only bennefit our pockets (which are deeper than yours will EVER be already), it will also protect our players and fans from having to travel to that ghetto you call a “campus” and avoid these types of people that surround it…. http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/armed-robbers-bypass-georgia-785815.html

In addition, you will not get any ticket allotment for these games. I am sure the 200-300 fans(sic) of yours that would attend wil be disappointed, but thats’s just business.

So please, sign here ______________________________________

-UGA Athletic Department