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.
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…