Another Losing ACC Record…

If Paul Hewitt is reading this, he may want to stop now before his fragile sensibilities are injured any more than they already have been during previous “cyber bullying” here at the AJC.  And yes…those are apparently his words, they’re not mine.

Check out Mark Bradley’s blog if you don’t believe me…

In the past I’ve been called a Pollyanna and berated for sticking with coaches longer than I probably should have. This was most evident with Chan Gailey. I stuck with Gailey longer than most because I saw the challenges and the successes and the improvement in recruiting. He was ultimately done in by the UGA losses and his inability to develop a quarterback at the collegiate level.

I’ve stuck with Paul Hewitt perhaps longer than that…in spite of the fact that Hewitt has better tools to compete with that Gailey did. He had a national title run in 2004 that has paid recruiting dividends and he’s had absolutely no lack of talent. I was a huge Hewitt supporter as my NCSU and UGA friends will tell you. I have a 2004 Sweet Sixteen hat Paul Hewitt signed on the night the team returned to campus after winning that second round game.

I bought the hype hook, line, and sinker.

This season is the year that I’ve “spit the hook” to borrow an angling term.

I’m sick of teams full of exceptional talent at multiple positions that fall well short of expectations.

I’m sick of an offense that can’t get the ball inside or score on fast breaks.

I’m sick of substitution patterns and time out usage that boggles the mind.

I’m sick of holding my breath on every in bounds play.

I’m sick of losing records in ACC play.

I’m sick of losing pretty much every real road game we play.

I’m sick of losing to UGA, at basketball, more than we win!

Now…to add insult to injury we get whiny challenges via Twitter or Facebook or during radio and print interviews.

Now, I’m sorry Paul…but most of your fan base has been attending and/or supporting Georgia Tech athletics for just a wee bit longer than you’ve been coaching. So we really don’t need more excuses and shifty maneuvering to allay blame and responsibility.

Don’t tell me the team is “young” when one of the biggest advantages you supposedly had was the recruiting class that was coming in.

Don’t tell me how tough your schedule is. (Especially in the weakest ACC year than many of us can remember!)

Please…just man up and admit that your team isn’t playing up to its potential and that you and your staff need to do a better job of coaching them up so that they are in the best possible position to win the game.

Please…develop a point guard that can run the offense consistently. Enough of this up and down yo-yo of success and failures.

Please…teach these guys how to run an inbounds play!

Please…can we hit our free throws? They’re called “free” for a reason…right?

Honestly…I’m not sure how much more I’ll watch. Its just not enjoyable, especially when I have to struggle through writing blogs about a program that I desperately want to support and be proud of.

Its just that right now…there’s not much to be proud of.

7-9 in the ACC after losing four of the last six games…and a miserable road record that stinks too much to even think about…that’s about all I have to blog about right now.

If we don’t snare a win or two in the ACC tourney followed by a win or two in the NCAA tourney, then I may find myself blogging about the need for a change on our bench.

And I’m sure I won’t be the only one…

71 comments Add your comment

Scott

March 7th, 2010
8:46 pm

Well put! go jackets

Gravy Train

March 7th, 2010
8:49 pm

It’s really sad that Tech wasted all of this “momentum” from beating UGA in football two seasons ago, and then the recruiting for this basketball season. The end results are always the same: Slapped back to reality. You guys are known for math prowess, so tell me this: What is the probability of Tech ever being on the same prestigious level as UGA? Don’t forget to scrap the random variable you thought you had in Turkey Neck Johnson. Have heart, oh champions of the afflicted and abstinent, you can always revel in the myth that your players are “smarter” than UGA’s.

acowa

March 7th, 2010
8:49 pm

So, if I understand you correctly, you’re not happy?

Blue Hose Jacket

March 7th, 2010
8:55 pm

Watching Tech basketball has become the athletic equivalent of the movie “Groundhog Day.” For over 5 years no real point guard, missed free throws, no half court offense and constant defensive breakdowns against teams that can run their half court offense. I like Hewitt on a personal level and think he is a good person but I can’t watch this product.

What do GT and uG fans have in common?

March 7th, 2010
8:57 pm

They both love talking GEORGIA TECH SPORTS on a GEORGIA TECH BLOG on a Sunday night during the Oscars.

Gravy Train, you’re OBSESSED!

Resign or Resign?

March 7th, 2010
8:59 pm

My worst nightmare is that GT puts together a run similar to 2004 (when, I believe GT was 9-9 in the ACC!) and everyone will again fall under the Hewitt spell and consider him a genius; thus forgetting and ignoring this season entirely!

Resign or Resign?

March 7th, 2010
9:01 pm

BTW: Welcome back, CB. Ironically, your last post was about apatyhy toward the GT basketball program. I thought you were showing the utmost apathy by not posting for a week!

Resign or Resign?

March 7th, 2010
9:02 pm

uh..APATHY!! SORRY!

gtsports

March 7th, 2010
9:02 pm

AMEN!!!! Well Said!

Timmy

March 7th, 2010
9:08 pm

We were 9-7 in the ACC in 2004. The ACC doesn’t play 18 game conference schedules…especially not in 2004 when there were 9 teams.

That 2004 team was legit with several threats to score 20 points on any given night (remember that it was Is’mail Muhammed that won Preseason NIT MVP). When those guys graduated in 2005, Hewitt seemingly had no clue how to replace them. Not a single team since has had any chemistry.

Scott

March 7th, 2010
9:17 pm

With the 7 million dollar buyout it looks like there is no chance to fire Hewitt. I wonder if DRAD can pressure Hewitt into making changes with the assistant coaches. Tech needs someone to develop guards, develop half court offense, and SHOOT FREE THROWS. These are basic things that most decent High Schools coaches teach and expect.

GTFan

March 7th, 2010
9:25 pm

Excellent Post. There must be someway to force Hewitt to quit if he won’t be fired.

Gravy Train

March 7th, 2010
9:32 pm

Oh please, don’t let a real basketball program come after Mark Fox like they did to Tubby. Oh crap…why does the drivethru always get busy when I get on the bosses computer??…

BarrelORum

March 7th, 2010
9:34 pm

I’m sick of people who are a day late and a dollar short in their evaluations of coaches. You won’t get a cookie from me for finally joining in the masses. While you stood up for ineptness, you threw a lot of rocks at people who didn’t. How’d you get a blog anyway? Seriously? If the AJC wants an entertaining blogger, they should have hired me. At least I recognize crap when I see it and not once someone sticks my nose in it at point blank range. Chew on that Chris.

DCW

March 7th, 2010
9:42 pm

BOR,

am I still the world’s biggest douche? Curious.

See you on ST.

Oh yeah, I agree with you.

gtfanfrom1951

March 7th, 2010
9:53 pm

it is time for a new basketball coach that can win in the ACC

TMAC5844

March 7th, 2010
9:57 pm

Your sudden awareness of the coaching problem at Tech is equivalent to shouting “FIRE,FIRE” after the house has burned down. Every Tech fan I know (many, many) has been praying for a coaching change for the last 2-3 years–it’s the DAMN buyout on his contract that is the apparent problem of FIRING HIM. I don’t know the solution–but SOMETHING must be done because the fan base is tottering. I can’t stand to watch the ineptness any longer–even win we win I leave shaking my head over the teams play and the “genius” exhibited from the coach. This blog is just a bitch session but I and MANY others are really hurting over the situation.. At least I can say “welcome aboard” –soon you’ll be yelling FIRE HIM too.

Old School

March 7th, 2010
9:57 pm

The head over your post,”Another Losing ACC Record”, has been BY FAR the rule rather than the exception—and that is a gigantic understatement— in Hewitt’s 10 years at GT. He has had ONE (1)—count ‘em ONE— winning season in ACC play, and that 9-7 in 2004. His cumulative ACC record in 10 seasons is 67-93. He’s 28-52 in the last 5 seasons. That includes one last place season and one next-to-last season during the past 5 seasons. Absolutely abysmal!!! What does it take to get the hook?!?! Evidently, getting in the “prestigious” NIT Losers Tournament is worth $10,000!! So Chris, I ask you: why have you waited so long??

misterwax

March 7th, 2010
10:09 pm

Maybe someone can get the State legislature to give Hewitt 7 million lottery tickets and hope one is a winner. OUCH!!!

BehindEnemyLines

March 7th, 2010
10:14 pm

It hasn’t been enjoyable to watch men’s basketball very often during the tenure of the current pseudo-coach, Poster “Old School” just itemized that in painful detail.

misterwax

March 7th, 2010
10:15 pm

And of course the only practical solution….STOP BUYING THOSE TICKETS!!!

Artie

March 7th, 2010
10:26 pm

Coach Hewitt…the master of COACHING DOWN talented players.

Terpfan

March 7th, 2010
10:40 pm

I am amazed by the talent you have at GT. Gary Williams doesn’t have half the talent but shared the ACC regular season championship. Paul Hewitt had the nerve to say Maryland and Duke were the class of the ACC. Yes Paul, we see that by record your correct but with the talent you have, Gary would have won the ACC outright and contending for the national championship. I just wish we had either one of your big men to play with Grevis and we would be awesome. I saw the Maryland game and GT has so much talent but I was also surprised by the lack of discipline and coaching.

I feel better now

March 7th, 2010
10:44 pm

Do you feel better now that you’ve had your little tantrum?

GTMike

March 7th, 2010
10:59 pm

Hewitt values individual; player development over team success, and therein lies our problem. Well, one of them. In truth, there are so many its not worth talking about anymore.

Edo River

March 7th, 2010
11:13 pm

Hey, guys its called a “sport”. There are alot of things outside the gym that really deserve our grief. This isn’t one of them. If you are in pain from watching a game………. you need to go look at your life in the mirror. Sad. If you find this stressful then go outside and do something that improves your character. I stopped watching Tech basketball and I’ve gotten alot of other stuff done. Same with football. Though I do come here and check the news, I don’t spend time obsessing and moaning over it.

chuck allison

March 7th, 2010
11:33 pm

Paul Hewitt, please do the honorable thing for just once in your life. Resign and save your employer 7 million dollars that you have not earned. This is the only honorable course of action left to you.

dagnabit

March 8th, 2010
12:08 am

Blewitt? Man up? You got to be kidding. Blewitt values his wallet. Not his lack of integrity. Blewitt has no honor.

C. Kendriks

March 8th, 2010
12:26 am

Vikki Locke would be a better coach than Blewitt.

GO TECH

March 8th, 2010
4:24 am

Hewitt has been using canned excuses for the last 3 seasons now. We have “young teams” and “hard schedules” every year. Those excuses dont really fly in the ACC.

His time has come and gone. Anyone who listens to Hewitt’s show or his interviews over the last 2-3 years can attest to how out of touch he sounds. I think he has basically surrounded himself by people who kiss his butt and tell him everything is rosey. If we can’t fire Hewitt, then fire every single person that works for him. They have proven themselves to be equally worthless.

Kay

March 8th, 2010
4:45 am

DRad, ARE YOU LISTENING???????

Gordon

March 8th, 2010
6:46 am

Even if Tech gets by North Carolina, there is no way they are getting by Maryland. Tech will not make the NCAA tournament. March 15th will be a big day. If Hewitt isn’t fired that day, he won’t be fired this year, because he must be notified in writing by March 16th for Tech to avoid another year on his contract. If he isn’t, we can all just move on with our lives without Tech basketball because nothing will change. Season tickets will plummett next year. Maybe this will actually help the football program, because Tech fans will have more money to spend on that.

NoCoach Blewitt

March 8th, 2010
7:51 am

Don’t mind the man behind the curtain in the Armani suit

Who cares?? I want UNC to whoop us send Blewey to the NIT so he can draw a crowd of 4,000 to the AMC and let DRAD see what a disaster he has on his hands in person. That is best case scenario. Worst case this moron is invited to bring his unorganized basketball to the NCAA’s and we will be smoked in the first round and he will have another year to dig the program deeper in a hole.

BB's

March 8th, 2010
8:08 am

GTMike says that Hewitt values individual player development. Who has he developed? I understand your point. The team does not work together. But think about it. Who got better while at Tech? Anthony Morrow was buried in the dog house, and look at what he is doing in the NBA. Gani Lawall’s draft status has plummeted this year. He may need to stay for his senior year in order to get back into the first round. Shumpert has regressed. Udofia, too. The list goes on and on. And yet all of the so-called experts say that they will make the NCAA no matter what. I don’t understand it. The bottom line is this. Just like every Tech team Hewitt has coached, this team is not as good in March as they were in October. Think about it. Even the Final 4 team beat UConn in the preseason NIT, and was destroyed in the final game. His teams regress every year. Can we do anything about it? Who knows? But until then, so many of us aren’t even watching any more. Didn’t see a minute of the Clemson or Va Tech games. Won’t watch Thursday. Won’t buy tickets. See you in the fall at Grant Field.

GT Fan...

March 8th, 2010
9:22 am

As bad as the ACC is 2010, and with all the talent on GT’s roster, I’m still dumbfounded as to how Hewitt coached the team to a SUB .500 ACC record?????? That truly is amazing. He’s a worse coach than I realized.

ga_tech_92@yahoo.com

March 8th, 2010
10:12 am

Stop Ground Hog Day – Fire Paul Hewitt!!!!!!

GT1987

March 8th, 2010
10:24 am

It’s been mentioned before but the utter lack of humility out of Hewitt is what has most Tech fans screaming for change. This man is a walking excuse maker. Paul Johnson could design a perfect play to win a game…and then a player fumbles a wide open pitch…and he’d say it was his fault. Hewitt calls timeouts during momentum shifting hot streaks, hasn’t taught one of his big man to kick the ball back out…..EVER…and on and on and yet he’s never once pointed the finger at himself. Just once I’d like to see him man up and show a shred of accountability.

TopDawg

March 8th, 2010
10:35 am

Yep…Hewitt seems to be Tech’s version or Mark Richt. He always has a great deal of talent and can even get close to the promised land early in his tenure there (same as Richt with lots and lots of talent and hey, we did rise up to #2 after we defeated #18 Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl!!!) but lately they both seriously underperform. They both fail to coach up their already talented rosters and lose games that are seemingly in the bag! Tech lost to UGA this year and even the FSU and VT games were widely seen as favorable to Tech. UGA lost to Kentucky, always seems to lose to Florida and of course I will never be able to live down the beat down by Bama between the hedges to my family that resides and worships Bama.

They both need to be shown the exit from their respected programs.

Phrase of the Day

March 8th, 2010
11:07 am

Hewitt Me Lo Mama!

Geori

March 8th, 2010
11:15 am

No, Mark Richt can post consistent winnning records in his “tough” conference. He can win on the road. What can Paul Hewitt point to other than a magical 2004? He’s had losing records in the ACC every other year, despite a wealth of talent. And Mark Richt has never had a season where he failed to win 25% of his conference games (ex: 2008-09 season, GT went 2 – 14).

GT/UGA Dad

March 8th, 2010
11:21 am

I have a great idea and it will probably get rid of Hewitt. Make MaChelle Joseph the boys coach and require Hewitt to be her assistant. If she had the same talent on the women’s tean that Hewitt has on the men’s, the women’s team would be top 10 of not top 5. She can flat out coach.

GT Dad

March 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

I’m as big a GT fan as they come, but simply can’t see equating Richt with Hewitt. Yes, they both get great recruits that tend to under-perform, but at least Richt has at times actually coached and succeeded.

Hewitt does not field “teams”, he fields a lot of individuals. There is no chemistry. There are no fundamentals. There is no consistency. Most of those characteristics (or lack of) fall on Hewitt’s very wealthy shoulders.

We are stuck with this contract, but DRad HAS to know the fans are to our tipping point.

i say we name something after phew

March 8th, 2010
12:19 pm

just like we did for bobby cremins.

i suggest we put phew’s name on all the stall’s in the men’s and women’s bathrooms at bobby cremins court.

i would even pony up some cash for paul hewitt latrine deodorizers. we could put his picture on every cake and piss on him.

hey chris

March 8th, 2010
12:24 pm

arent you one of those guys who called all us chan haters and phew haters out saying we were not ‘true fans’????

lets be honest here. do i have to dig up one of your old blogs?

i think you owe us an apology!

Veteran Fan

March 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

The sentiment seems to be the same as when Bobby Cremins left. Great recruiter and terrible game coach. I was a big fan of Hewitt’s when he was hired as I love up-tempo basketball and intense all-over the floor defense, but they do not play that way anymore. Unfortunately, he has recruited top AAU players that do not know how to play defense and don’t want to listen to the coach. They are not good fundamental players! He refuses or cannot recruit foreign or white players with good fundamentals that can defend and pass first and score second(team basketball). His teams, while very talented individually, become one-on-one scorers in crunch time, cannot shoot free throws, and cannot hit the open man when double teamed! I hate to say this but they look like the Hawks when they play Cleveland or Orlando. Good coaching creates great teams (with the exception of Kentucky, where a crooked coach and a weak conference creates a very good record). When you are being paid over a million dollars a year to coach and recruit you need to get results! Tech should not be depending on the fact that Coach Hewitt is a minority coach to get into the dance! I have followed the Jackets since 1960 and am in a real quandry of whether to go down there and support them or send a message with my absence! I would love to buy two season tickets next season, but this is too painful to watch! Best wishes to the team and Coach Hewitt but changes need to be made!

Risk/reward

March 8th, 2010
1:37 pm

When does it become to expensive to keep Hewitt? There is a break even point somewhere. Lost revenues from TV, NCAA, and tickets sales. It will add up eventually, we may be there now. Cut the losses and cut Hewitt.

Brock

March 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

Chris- exact on two points I made on another blog. Untimely timeouts and subbing. Horrible at best. Inbounds plays or lack thereof. Add free throw shooting in there and the other team can foul at will cause one way(missing throws) or the other(stealing an inbounds) they are assured the ball back.

Jim 70

March 8th, 2010
4:45 pm

7-9 – We were lucky UNC wasn’t decent this year or we would have been 5-11. It has gone on for too long, and every year we are wasting $1M. Cut the loses NOW!

neil marlowe

March 8th, 2010
8:50 pm

hooray!!! an AJC sports writer who tells it like it is!! Hewitt has got to go, no matter what the cost.

thwg

March 8th, 2010
10:49 pm

AGainst VT, FAvors and Lawal were collectively 13 for 17 from the field. Favors was 7 of 9 from the field – he took 9 shots. Glenn Rice took 12 shots – that’s right, Rice took more shots than Favors. Enough said, Hewitt never could coach and still can’t. Time to cut our losses. I hope we get killed by UNC and go on the road in the NIT and get creamed – then we can go hire Steve Alford from New Mexico.