Applying Paul Johnson Logic to GT Basketball

One of the maxims that Paul Johnson has stressed, since he arrived at Tech, has been that good teams don’t lose two games in a row.

(A maxim is defined as ‘a principle or rule of conduct’ for our vocabulary challenged, canine “visitors” here on the Tech blog.  Its not a magazine you find in Publix.)

The football team has managed to adher to this guideline the first two seasons under Johnson and the end result, up to this point, has been an ACC championship and a BCS bowl bid.

In 2008 the Jackets followed an early loss to the Hokies with a 38-7 beatdown of Mississippi State and late season losses to UVA and UNC with wins over Florida State and Miami.  A Peach Bowl bid resulted.

In 2009 the Jackets lost early to Miami but followed up with eight straight wins before falling to UGA.  They were able to pick themselves up after the UGA loss and defeat Clemson the following week to clinch the ACC title and an Orange Bowl bid.

Looking at the past two seasons, Coach Johnson’s logic is sound.

A good team might get beaten every once in awhile, it happens.  But a good team doesn’t allow itself to be beaten twice in a row.  A good team learns from a loss, regains focus, and then comes out looking to redeem itself and get back on track.

Now…I’ve been tough on Coach Hewitt and the basketball team in a few blogs this season.  But I’ve decided to apply Paul Johnson’s two loss rule to hoops and see how things shake out.

The Jackets lost early to (15-6) Dayton but bounced back by reeling off seven wins, including a 79-53 throttling of Southern Cal.

They lost in overtime to (16-5) FSU but followed with three wins, one of which was over a good Charlotte team on the road.

Then we had the inexplicable loss at (9-9) UGA, which was followed with a win over Duke…a loss to (14-6) UVA which was followed by a wins over UNC and Clemson…and another loss to FSU which was followed by the last two wins over Wake Forest and Kansas State.

(We also have to give Mark Fox credit…the UGA program looks improved and their recent win over a Top 10 Tennessee team served notice that Fox might be dangerous once he’s recruited some more talent…)

So…the #19 Jackets are sitting at 16-5 overall (4-3 ACC) and will travel to # 9 Duke tonight.  The games following Duke are at home against NCSU and on the road against Miami and Wake.  That’s a very tough four game ACC stretch that will be immediately followed by a second game against UNC before hitting the home stretch against Maryland, Boston College, Clemson, and the Hokies.

If the Jackets can avoid losing two in a row for the remainder of the season then Paul Hewitt will carry 20+ wins and a winning conference record into the ACC tourney.  That would be enough to qualify the Jackets as a “good team” and set the stage for a return to March Madness as a team with a very real chance to do some damage.

Its a very real possibility…and Hewitt deserves credit…this team is starting to display a toughness and focus that they didn’t have in the UGA and UVA losses.

They just might be maturing into a force to be reckoned with.

65 comments Add your comment

"Sideways" the Dog

February 4th, 2010
8:14 pm

It was Kentucky State, not Kansas State

First….by the way

4th Place - SEC East Dawg

February 4th, 2010
8:28 pm

Biff Pocoroba

February 4th, 2010
8:29 pm

To get Paul Johnson, we had to fire a mediocre coach who won just enough to keep his job but couuldn’t beat Georgia. Maybe if we can finally get rid of Hewitt, we can get a decent coach who can turn the program around so we can finally have a winning season in the ACC. Hewitt has his best team in a down ACC, but he still can’t get above .500.

"Sideways" the Dog

February 4th, 2010
8:59 pm

If dogs lick themselves then what do dawg fans do?

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February 4th, 2010
9:46 pm

hahaha, sideway or 4th place, you two seriously need to get a life if your on this gt bb blog.

learn the traditions...

February 5th, 2010
3:51 am

@yo – “sideways” the dog is a Georgia Tech legend. He was a dog that was found on campus and cared for by students…he had been hit by a car so he limped along sideways. He was used as an unofficial sporting mascot and was allowed into classes and dormitories until he died unexpectedly. He is buried near Tech Tower.


February 5th, 2010
8:33 am

Did anyone notice how well GT played when Shumpert was injured? He has concrete hands and not much court savvy.

Too Easy

February 5th, 2010
8:43 am

UGA reference count: 6 Still the measure of your success.


February 5th, 2010
9:18 am

For the vocabulary challenged at Tech, the word is adhere not adher.

old gold engineer

February 5th, 2010
9:48 am

Another maxim the GT basketball team could learn from Coach Johnson is being more productive on offense. Only watched the last 9+ minutes of the first half last night and saw way too many missed free throws, missed “floaters”, and missed jump shots. Can’t anyone on this team take it to the rim with some authority? Thankfully, I spared myself the agony of watching any of the second half. Doesn’t sound like it was much better.

Asheville Jacket

February 5th, 2010
10:02 am

Are you serious Dickie? We were playing middle school teams when he was out, of course we would be killing those teams. Shumpert is explosive and has alot less turnovers than Udofia. Remember the Carolina game? Shumpert was practically our team. Maybe you haven’t been watching the same Georgia Tech I have.

gt is lame

February 5th, 2010
10:06 am

GT Basketball has already applied CPJ logic.

As you know, CPJ LOST to an unranked UGA football team 30 – 24!!!

Coach Hewitt followed his “logic” by losing to a unranked UGA basketball team 73- 66!!!

So as you can both GT coaches can’t coach!!! GT will always be INFERIOR to UGA athletics!!!



North Ave pimp

February 5th, 2010
10:18 am

Dickie NOOOOOOO none of us noticed how well we played w/o Shumpert. Worst observation I have heard yet on the blogs.
PAUL HEWITT: I just don’t know. I was giving him a pass because he did carry us to the championship game. But the pass may be up. Our guys just do not seem to have that killer instinct that a teams need when playing the Dookie’s They look like they are thinking too much instead of just taking it to them. I believe this is due to coaching. sigh* is it time for Hewitt to go?


February 5th, 2010
10:24 am

Forget it…Hewitt is another coach like Gailey that is a very nice man and a credit to our institution for hiring him. Great integrity! But he simply cannot get Tech to perform at a high level with anything remotely like consistency. This year he lost to UGA a team that hasn’t beaten anyone else and has only won one game in the SEC (a conference that may only have 3 NCAA teams out of 12) but yet they defeated us??? FSU defeated us twice!!! Duke, UNC and Clempson all are having down years so bragging on those victories is simply not cutting it for those that truly follow the sport. The lay person may think the UNC win was BIG…but it in fact was nothing special. Hate to say it…but Hewitt needs replaced as soon as we can afford to make the move but realize we are broke and still paying off Gailey’s contract. So it will probably be several more years of extreme mediocrity and a mostly empty AMC before we can expect change.


February 5th, 2010
12:28 pm

First, you pick on Dog fans for their vocabulary limitations. Then you type ‘adher’ when you mean (I assume) ‘adhere.’ Nice.


February 5th, 2010
12:43 pm

Toughness & Focus???? No way! You saw toughness from the Duke coach last night & his team responded. His team reflects his personality. I don’t see that toughness in Tech-just look at Lawal’s body language. Focus—focus is FT shooting(CPH was surprized), defense, possessions, etc. Isn’t the game about focus???

E.O. Wheeler

February 5th, 2010
1:12 pm

The game last night was lost at the 33 second mark.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

The only hope left is that the moron making the decisions for the NY Knicks still want this clown


February 5th, 2010
2:12 pm

When Lawal went to the bench with two fouls 33 seconds into this game, I knew what type of night we could expect from ole Jamie Luckie and his officiating crew. Both teams were the victims of very poor officiating last night. However, the officials called two fouls on Lawal before we even took a shot and Favors joined him on the bench with 3 fouls at the 12:00 minute mark in the first half. Both guys are the key to our offense against a team like Duke. I should say Duke had a couple of questionable calls early in the game as well, but guess what, none of the calls were against Scheyer, Singler, or Nolan Smith.

So while our two best scoring threats sit on the bench for the entire first half, Duke has a couple subs in foul trouble instead of their best scoring players. The was a huge factor in how this game turned out in my opinion. By the way, Scheyer played 39 minutes and only had one foul. What a bunch of BS!!! There is a reason why we’ve only won five times in that building.


February 5th, 2010
2:16 pm

Even as a die hard Jacket I realize that in football we will likely never have the talent and depth that a Florida and Alabama have, but with a great coach we can get good talent and compete against better talent.
Not the case in basketball. Just by recruiting 2 kids a year in the greater Atlanta area GT probably has more raw talent year in, year out than 80% of the teams that we lose to. Hewitt, who I agree is a good guy, cannot coach. How many botched in bounds plays a game (even after a timeout) do we have to suffer through before a change is made? Maybe the football program can make enough money to afford the buy out for the basketball coach – so start buying your football tickets!!!

NoCoach Blewitt

February 5th, 2010
3:43 pm

yellarjacket —— How many shots had Favors taken at the 12 minute mark??? The answer is ZERO. Blewitt does not run the offense around the best two players on the team. No one can pass the ball into the post worth a dang probably because they are too busy firing up 3’s or turning the ball over.

Another problem is that it is very difficult to create what should be the gameplan every night (pass the ball inside) when the coach does not have any gameplan or even plays ever. A bunch of standing around staring at each other hoping that someone becomes hot and carries the team. Also, when will he understand the most important thing in basketball is taking care of the ball and recruit a PG that can fill this role properly?

GT fan

February 5th, 2010
3:55 pm

Paul Hewitt is not a bad coach, he has lost a lot of talent to the NBA so give him a break. GT will never be a Duke or Carolina of the ACC. CPH just need for a few of his draft classes to stick around. NBA under Hewitt: J. Jack, Chris Bosh, J. Crittition(sp) , T. Young, and soon to be Lawal and D. Favors. GT will have a good team next year with or with out those last two. We have to good players red shirting in Miller and Hosley. We also have a good shooter coming in to. CPH has recuited well and has done a pretty good job coaching. JUst give the man some support. The grass is not always greener on the other side!


February 5th, 2010
4:31 pm

There’s a difference between a typo and not knowing how to spell. Congrats on spelling “Dog” correctly (instead of how 95% of UGA fans think it’s spelled) and also having the mental chops to realize that he meant “adhere” instead of “adher”, BTW. Cuttingly brilliant!


February 5th, 2010
4:36 pm

@ learn the traditions…–Sideways the Dog was a she, not a he.


February 5th, 2010
4:37 pm

Want to know the funniest thing.

About midway through the 2nd half, I got a phone call from the GT Alumni Association asking for donations. I laughed at the young lady and told her that I was watching the GT/Duke game right now. Then told her that I would be more interested in giving once they fire Paul Hewitt.

There was silence for a couple of seconds, then sort of chuckled “I understand, Thank you.”

I think the Alumni Association needs to rethink their phone solicitation policy and coordinate it with the basketball schedule. Particularly when the game is on national TV.

The sad thing was I used to love GT basketball, I was there from 86-91. I watched all the greats and got to be there for the final 4. But now it is just too painful to watch. My son’s 6th grade team shots free-throws better.

Decatur Tech Fan

February 5th, 2010
5:04 pm

Poor ole Pewitt…Im sure someone with his credintials(sp) could easily excel at Valdosta State or TCC(tallahassee community college) with his recruiting prowess and lack of coaching


February 5th, 2010
10:20 pm

Fire Hewitt!

Sonny Seiler

February 6th, 2010
2:38 am



And that, in a nutshell is why Georgia is full of the suck.


February 6th, 2010
9:52 am

Same old story and things won’t ever improve until Hewitt is gone.


February 6th, 2010
1:30 pm

First CPJ bit of philosophy they should apply….CPH take note….after any loss….standard reply…”we have bigger fish to fry”

Secondly….if they say anything you do not like…punch them in the mouth!

@TexasJacket…so typical…only in the “up” times do techies, who according to them all make the mega bucks, put their money where their mouth is….thus you are STUCK with CPH as it seems GIT can’t afford CPH’s buyout!

In the meantime…enjoy!



February 6th, 2010
7:24 pm

@GT FAN: Maybe part of the reason that Hewitt can’t finish the drill is the fact that he keeps recruiting the one-and-done’s. How many of those do UNC and Duke have?

@BrokebackJacket: I’m not sure that athletic donations mean anything. Personally, I would rather keep my money for my family’s use. Of course, being a Dawg fan, winning mythical recruiting battles and the occasional game against Florida is more important to you. If that’s the case, then your priorities are out of whack. And WHY should Tech alums give any money when they think that the administration is out of whack? Keep giving money to the UGA athletic fund, buddy. I’m sure that will help them become a top-flight academic institution…

All Cupcakes Conference

February 7th, 2010
8:18 am

Judging by the title, I expected some kind of strategy that involved punching the other team in the face, or claiming that your losses weren’t even important games anyway

Bobby Cremins

February 7th, 2010
9:11 am

When anybody question’s Coach Hewitt’s ability to coach, Paul Johnson logic would be to just punch’em in the face!

Basketball Sucks!

February 8th, 2010
8:51 pm

When does spring football start?

Basketball is the worse than bowling!

messin with sasquatch

February 8th, 2010
9:54 pm

we run this state. what state is it – russia? and georgia go its butt kicked by the ruskies.
and if you think this is a weird post, well, what are you doing on a gt blog, you no-life pathetic dogg wishing your football team could achieve the level of success that CPJ has. send cmr on a mission trip with tim teboe and let him get fulfilled. and then you can hire derk dooley from tennessee and all will be well duma$$$es

LOST to UGA 66-73.

February 9th, 2010
4:43 am

Publix you bring up in the Georgia tek blog, Chris Boggs ?

Publix closed up shop in your “neighborhood” citing that the promises to do something about the slums surrounding Georgia tek’s campus, have not been happening.

If you want to apply Paul Johnson’s logic to the basketball team, they should hit UGA fans in the face, should play half their games against teams not involved in any postseason game, and get 5 players in all of America who want to play on his high school offense with his Number 43 recruiting class

to hear you say Chris Boggs that it doesn’t matter at Georgia tek that Paul Johnson cannot recruit any good players to buy into this high school offense of his.

I fail to understand how you can sit there and talk about Paul Hewitt with his LOSING record to UGA by several games now and mounting, and with his 914 APR causing Georgia tek to be limited by The NCAA to only 11 scholarships as we speak, and not admit that Georgia tek is in dire need of a new coach who at least resembles what Georgia tek athletics used to be all about.

LOST to UGA 66-73.

February 9th, 2010
4:48 am



National University according to US News and World Report

Georgia tek is Number 35 and UGA Number 58

We’re number 35, we’re number 35

When did anyone ever brag that they are number 35 at anything ?

You are NOT Stanford, or even close.

Quit the B.S.


February 9th, 2010
1:50 pm

If you want to apply Paul Johnson’s logic to the basketball team, they’d be running that 4 corner thing.

All Cupcakes Conference

February 9th, 2010
9:08 pm

“wishing your football team could achieve the level of success that CPJ has”

Yeah, UGA fans really wish their team could get embarrassed in their bowl game every year, good call.

messin with sasquatch

February 9th, 2010
9:52 pm

shreveport was a blast

All Cupcakes Conference

February 9th, 2010
10:49 pm

It’s always a blast when you win your bowl game, tell Coach Manboobs to let us know when he gets around to doing that, k champ?

chuck allison

February 10th, 2010
6:08 pm



February 10th, 2010
9:21 pm

I’m usually not the person to constantly shout “fire this coach” but I have been saying this about Paul Hewitt for about 2 years. To all of you who think he is a good coach, you are wrong. I classify a good coach as Roy Williams or Coach K. They can work with the talent they receive. Paul cannot. Paul finds the amazing talent and can’t produce good season. Paul Hewitt is JUST like Mark Richt. Has amazing talent but doesn’t have the discipline or the ability to make a team great.

Coach D

February 11th, 2010
5:26 am

Mr. Boggs,
Thanks for the definition of maxim…
Here’s a little spelling test…
Is it adher or ADHERE????
I know GT needs to add a few “hers” if you will… Do you get paid to write this blog? If so, please use spell check. If you don’t know how to use it, there are probably 30,000 students at UGA who can show you how.


February 11th, 2010
9:57 am

what does cph have to do with the Alumni Association? the latter is what you give to in order to keep Tech top 50 ACADEMICALLY!…grammir natzis, inglish shud be fonetik..


February 11th, 2010
10:08 am

Fire Hewitt! He is a nice guy, but a horrible coach, especially in the ACC!

P Hewitt

February 11th, 2010
10:11 am

Hey guys, come on, I admit I can’t coach in the ACC, but can you blame me? I’m making big money and have an infinite contract! Woohoo!!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

hoops Guru

February 11th, 2010
11:13 am

Under Hewitt the team has always been a yo-yo. Up-down-up-down. No consistency in the Program. NC State was a nightmare. Following three timeouts we still could not inbound the ball. Missed free throws, killled us again last nite. I mean MIAMI!!! who had lost 6 of their last 7. What good is 5 star recruits if your coach can’t polish his diamond studs. I don’t want to even get into his stupid rotations. I say bill Dave Braine who gave PH that contract. AD D.R. do you notice the empty seats. We are a ship without a rudder.


February 11th, 2010
4:39 pm

Thanks for the vocabulary lesson Pappa Ramble. You are so learned.