Thoughts on Coach Hewitt Staying

I’m not going to lie…I was hoping Coach Hewitt would take the St. John’s job.

I wasn’t hoping he would leave because I dislike him. I think he’s a stand up guy and have no ill will for him.

I just think it was the perfect time for both Hewitt and Georgia Tech to part ways with both saving some face and moving forward to new starts.

Financially this would have been the best solution for the Jackets. They would have avoided the big buy out of Hewitt’s contract and its likely St. Johns would have stepped up and helped Hewitt pay any money owed the Institute for leaving.

But alas…that didn’t happen.

So what is Tech left with?

The status quo…pretty much.

A head coach who is a great guy and who can recruit, but who has shown a consistent habit of underachieving in conference play and against Tech’s main rival.

This is sort of like when Jim Donnan was at UGA and Tech fans really, really wanted the Dawgs to keep him around.

Since Coach Hewitt has elected to stay here in Atlanta, let me throw a few things out there…call them Demands from a Tech Alum & Fan

1. Continued embarrassing graduation rates are unacceptable.
2. Continued losses to inferior UGA teams are unacceptable.
3. Continued losing records in the ACC are unacceptable.
4. Continued struggles in consistent guard play are unacceptable.
5. Continued struggles at the free throw line are unacceptable.
6. Continued struggles with inbounds plays are unacceptable.
7. Continued episodes of inexplicable turnovers are unacceptable.
8. The complete lack of a fast break offense is UNACCEPTABLE!

So how would I suggest Coach Hewitt accomplish this?

1. Make the needed changes in your coaching staff and practice regimen to make sure guards are developed that know how to run the offense and push the ball up the court.
2. Recruit players who are on campus long enough to graduate and develop the team work and competency we saw in that 2004 team.
3. Take ownership of the problems that the Tech program has suffered from the past few years. Learn from them, own up to them, and correct them.
4. No more twits, tweets, or social messaging of excuses and challenges to the fan base. Be a man…put extra effort into coaching and leading rather than excuse making.

Don’t coast around on the golden parachute of a contract Dave Braine saddled us with…prove that you can be the leader and coach that everyone expected you to be after the 2004 run.

The Tech fan base can be harsh and critical…but also forgiving, if given reason…

130 comments Add your comment

sideways the dog > uga I-VII

March 25th, 2010
4:16 pm

maybe this will be good for us…perhaps Favors will return considering Hewitt is back? We are the powerhouse team of the ACC in all sports, we should expect much more of Hewitt next year.

Good for Tech

March 25th, 2010
5:36 pm

It’s good for Tech to keep Hewitt as it’s coach. This allows the underperforming team to continue its ways and lose to teams less talented. Recall the UGA game – UGA, a basketball with a new basketball coach and very young, beats a GT team that has 2 NBA-ready players. Here’s the score if you tech fans forgot: UGA 73-GT 66.

In addition, this complements the weak football team you have. With that 1980’s wish-bone style offense, GT fans have a lot to look forward to. UGA 30 – GT 24.

As always, complain all you want. GT is a pathetic bunch of losers.

Scrod

March 25th, 2010
5:57 pm

D-RAD: If you fire him, they (fans) will come (back). I’m through with Hewitt. Here are my season tickets; call me when we get a coach.

BehindEnemyLines

March 25th, 2010
5:58 pm

We knew it was a long shot, it was at least nice to have a glimmer of hope for a little while. After all, this useless incompetent fraud hasn’t done anything good for GT basketball in close to a decade, why on earth would any rational person think he would suddenly start now? Oh I hear you Kool-Aid drinkers, he can recruit … that’s nice, pity there’s not a single solitary soul on campus that can actually COACH those recruits.

BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

March 25th, 2010
6:01 pm

Good for Tech,

Your a moron as most UGA fans are that think their program is worth a crap. If you want to talk about “underperforming” look in the dictionary and see the picture of Mark Richt and the dog football team. Its a joke how much talent you guys get every year and do nothing with it. Congratulations you beat a 10 thousand student technical school in football, YOU SHOULD. Go out do something in the SEC and Nationally before you run your mouth. By the way UGA’s last national championship 1980, GT’s last national championship 1992. Has UGA ever been to the final game in the NCAA basketball tourney (NO) GT (YES) this decade. Be a relevant program and then you can run your mouth.

Owl

March 25th, 2010
6:03 pm

This will make it easier to finally let him go this time next year.

Hendu

March 25th, 2010
6:08 pm

WE had hoped you guys would keep Hewitt and Chan Gailey forever. Alas one of two. Hewitt is determined to let UGA catch up with tech. We will really be whipping your bzzzbutts then.

GT00

March 25th, 2010
6:08 pm

You UGAY losers, get out of our blog. You have problems with your so called power house football program. I am in no mood to deal with dogs right now.
Blewitt, since you decided to stay, you just have to take it like a man. Quit all your media BIT*HING and get us a real point guard. no more excuses about the ball not bouncing your way, we are young, etc. You think the fans and the media treated you unfairly this year? Just wait till next season when you “coached” our team out of the Big Dance and another losing conference record to a much stronger ACC. You would wish you could get into the HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, and take that job at St Johns.

dandydawg

March 25th, 2010
6:21 pm

“Good for Tech”

Well believe it or not, I do think it’s good for Tech that Hewitt stayed. The program can now continue to grow.

Show Me The Money!!!!!

March 25th, 2010
6:22 pm

Until the GT alum come up the money he would be crazy to leave.
He has the best college contract in the country. That is why he is staying.

oldfart

March 25th, 2010
6:31 pm

What does the football score have to do with this?

paul

March 25th, 2010
6:31 pm

I am glad Coach Hewitt is staying. Even with all the glitter from the Big Apple, he chose to stay down in the sunny southland. When has that ever happened. Thanks Coach . Now, show us all what you and the team can do. If we send anyone to NY, it should be Bradley.

hmm

March 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

This is not good for Georgia Tech. I’m preparing for another season under .500 in the acc and another disappointment in the NCAA tournament and losing out of conference games that we should win. I want a coach that coaches better than he recruits. I don’t understand how people can give him support. He is just like Chan Gailey but a basketball coach. He doesnt know what he is doing. I’ve attended lettermen’s games since Crimons was there and there were countless of Georgia Tech Alum there. Compare that to last year, hardly any. Be prepared for decreased attendance and ticket sales.

I've met paul hewitt

March 25th, 2010
6:43 pm

I met Paul Hewitt this past season and when I tried to start a conversation with him he was too busy talking and texting that he didnt listen to me. His blackberry is more important than his players and the fans and the alum.

English speaker

March 25th, 2010
7:08 pm

I’m looking forward to hearing the spin that he puts on his talks with St. John’s when he meets with the media tonight. I wonder how creative he’ll be and who he blames for it.

freshd

March 25th, 2010
7:12 pm

Its CREMINS, not CRIMONS.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 25th, 2010
7:15 pm

Paying money to watch this crap, unacceptable.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 25th, 2010
7:16 pm

wasting 2 hours out of a day to watch this crap, unacceptable.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

March 25th, 2010
7:18 pm

One Word: DISCIPLINE

brooks

March 25th, 2010
7:39 pm

Buzzzzzzzzzzzz, great job of showing your frustration with being a tech fan. I know it hurts you can’t ggo back and pledge your allegiance to someone else. Youj can’t stand it that we beat your little acc champions in atlanta. Go throw on your tech hat and be proud to be a loser.

Bill

March 25th, 2010
7:42 pm

I have not been able to watch this team without getting a headache since 2004, when Jarrett Jack and Will Bynam basically coached the team on the court. I was ready to return as a fan if Hewitt had left and Mark Price (we can dream, right?) had stepped in to restore the program to what it is capable of. Oh, well……

HatsOff

March 25th, 2010
7:46 pm

I still think he’s going to leave. Not for St. John’s, but somewhere else.

krucial times

March 25th, 2010
7:48 pm

i’m glad to have coach stay and even though i loved coach cremins but coach hewitt was a great catch and i know the team will be better next year when there will be more veterens on the team.

Kirk

March 25th, 2010
7:49 pm

Well this will save my wife and I about $800. We will not renew our season tickets. Since Tech was already unable to sell out their games, those like us who are throwing in the towel (and we won’t be the only ones) will only make that situation worse. Maybe they can get down to zero ticket holders and then save money by not having to hire police, ticket takers, ushers, etc.

Bill

March 25th, 2010
7:49 pm

HatsOff – The Knicks can’t use a great recruiter (which Hewitt is). Where else would he go?

krucial times

March 25th, 2010
7:51 pm

next year will be better just watch and see and yes i will be there to cheer for the school the team and coach hewitt, but i have to cheer for coach johnson first because football is right around the corner, GO JACKETS!!!!!!!

BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

March 25th, 2010
7:55 pm

Brooks,

Why are you blogging when you should be working, the lady in the drive thru lane just pulled off without her fries. I’m sure management has told you that after putting the Big Mac in the bag you have to check to make sure you also included the fries, she ordered the combo you idiot.
If you get fired you know you are going to lose the mobile home and then where will you make your meth, you dumb redneck.

BB's

March 25th, 2010
8:16 pm

Here’s the deal. My hat is off to Mr. Hewitt for deciding his family matters more than his own desires. That proves that he is a good man; a good husband and a good father. I never thought otherwise. But I am as disappointed as I could possibly be for our basketball program. This good man is not a good head basketball coach. And I am not certain that he ever will be. I am now resigned to the fact that we will be a mediocre team (at best) next year, possibly sneaking into the NIT field. because of pre ACC games. And I cannot accept that. I have responded a number of times on these blogs at my frustration with the offense. I still cannot comprehend the inability to inbound the basketball. But I am now finished. I am tired of it all. I will continue to pull for my beloved Yellow Jackets. But none of my money will go to the basketball program. I will not attend games. I will not donate. And I will no longer respond to the blogs. I will simply wait until it becomes as unbearable for Mr. Radakovich as it has been for me. That’s it for me.

NoCoach Blewitt

March 25th, 2010
9:38 pm

Chris great article … I like you do not beat around the bush like all the other AJC writers

That being said your list on how Blewey can turn the program around is impossible as 3 and 4 are not fathomable for Blewitt … he does not compute, trust] me. And since #3 & 4 must be attainable to even think about #1 and #2 we are destined for the same ole garbage ….. this time with less talent. DRAD I think would have fired him if UNC won in round one and since GT will not come close to matching the record this year next season, all Blewey did today was sealed his fate. I just hope this ruins any future work he might be able to get.

But he's a good christian

March 25th, 2010
9:53 pm

just like Mark Richt….

This guy is past time to go, he should’ve manned up and told the wife and kids “listen, if I stay, I’ll lose all integrity that I have. I’ll be fired next year and, yeah, I’ll get a huge buyout so you can buy all your goodies, but then we’ll be living in bumblefark Texas because no other Div. 1 program will hire me. And also, kids, get used to all your friends that you claim to want to be around hating you next year because my team is gonna really submarine since we won’t have Favors and Lawal around anymore. Hope you guys like being run out of Atlanta on a rail, I’m betting you would have liked NY a lot better than a community college town.”

LizDawg

March 26th, 2010
12:02 am

Hewitt should have gone after 73-66 which was more embarrassing quite frankly than 30-24 was in November.

billcanoe

March 26th, 2010
12:53 am

Paul Hewitt – I’m glad you are staying at Georgia Tech. You are a class act as a man and a good coach. I value what you and your team have accomplished this year, rather that what some sportswriter and some frustrated bloggers think you should have accomplished. Good luck to you and your teams in the future.

Drexel Gal

March 26th, 2010
3:13 am

This reminds me of Bobby Cremins’ go/no-go flirtation with South Carolina in 1993. Cremins’ career at Tech was never the same after that.

Lewis Buzzard

March 26th, 2010
5:26 am

I can see nothing positive for the Tech basketball program going forward. This was, on paper Hewitt’s best basketball team at Tech. What did they accomplish tis season? 7-9 record in ACC play, including 2 key ACC losses @ home. A loss to an inferor UGA squad (much better coached). If not for a run in the ACC tourney they would have surely been left out of the big dance. Fundamentally, the worst coached team I watched personally. Their turnovers and free throw shooting are just a few examples of poor coaching. While I commend coach Hewitt for being a considerate husband and father, this does not bode well for Tech fans.

LOST to UGA 66-73.

March 26th, 2010
5:54 am

$3.4 million dollars Paul Hewitt would have had to have paid to Georgia tek. This is the only reason why Paul Hewitt is staying, and that is great for UGA that he is staying. Paul Hewitt LOSING RECORD by several games now and counting, only to get worse, to UGA. Paul Hewitt Academic Progress Report APR of 914 currently, lowest of all NCAA teams and has Georgia tek on PROBATION in men’s basketball as we speak LIMITED TO ONLY 11 SCHOLARSHIPS.

NCAA Tournament Action :

SEC 15-4
ACC 9-9

SEC Men 5-2
ACC Men 5-5

SEC Women 10-2
ACC Women 4-4

ACC has neither a winning record in NCAA Tourney Men
ACC has neither a winning record in NCAA Tourney Women

SEC has winning record in BOTH NCAA Tourney Men & Women.

SEC is kicking the butts of ACC in basketball, again.

Big East had 8 bids to the Men’s Tournament. Butler beat # 1 seed Syracuse last night. Big East have 1 left, tomorrow night West Virginia vs. SEC # 1 Kentucky. Big East also does not have a Winning Record in Men’s NCAA Tournament, just like the ACC. Neither the Big East nor the ACC are better than The SEC in Basketball. Big East is NOT the best basketball conference and NEITHER obviously is the ACC.

Not many Georgia tek fans around here. Only in the UGA blog.

Ozzy

March 26th, 2010
7:13 am

Well Well Well

buLLDawg or whatever the little homo calls himself today has showed back up.

Got your tickets to Shreveport for this year? How was the NIT? Oh, nevermind, my bad.

Oh and Calipari is a scum bag. How long before Kentucky is on probation with victories forfeited? Not long. He leaves a slime trail like a slug. And nobody cares about womens basketball, good Lord. It’s UConn and everybody else in the country. How’s your baseball team doing?

I love Georgia fans who have to hang there hat on the conference. Were you at the SEC Championship game waving a SEC flag around for Game Day?

2 and done!!!!

March 26th, 2010
7:56 am

bawahahahahahaha!!!!!! Yech has the two most overrated coaches in their respected sports and I love it!!! CPJ and his gimmicky offense has been exposed. He can’t win the big game unless it’s against an equally pathetic ACC team and his own recruits sucks since he’s forced to hang on to Gailey’s. Hewitt is the master of one and doners and he manages to do less with more than even Yech’s annually overrated baseball team!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

Coach Hewitt..

March 26th, 2010
8:41 am

Come on guys,”We’ve got a pretty good thing” even though we’ll never be UNC or Duke. I’m 177-144 at Tech, including 67-93 in the ACC in 10 seasons, what more do you want from me.
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Give me $7.1 million or STFU…I Run This School……LMMFAO…Paul.

VT Yellow Jacket

March 26th, 2010
8:51 am

Dang!

As Maxwell Smart would say “Missed it by this much”

Rob

March 26th, 2010
8:57 am

Great blog, Chris…your list of unacceptables is right on target although I would add no more lost scholarships because of “poor academic progress’. I, too am sad to see him back and I don’t think there will be any improvement as long as he is our coach. He is too arrogant to change. Look for another lousy team and record next season.

Mike

March 26th, 2010
9:14 am

gt4ever

March 26th, 2010
9:15 am

I agree with everything but the 1st point. It is totally hypocritical to expect him to graduate these players. Listen guys, these guys are NOT student athletes. Lets not be hypocritical to think that these basketball or football players are here to get an education, yes there are exceptions,but please let’s not go there with the academics…… We just want to win… Period!

GT Fan

March 26th, 2010
10:30 am

I am most disappointed in Drad. He had the perfect opportunity to nudge Hewitt out the door without the buyout. Did he get greedy and try and enforce the requirement that Hewitt pay GT for leaving? Did he make Hewitt feel welcome at GT? Who knows? All Drad had to do was tell Hewitt to take the St. Johns job, but he didnt do it. Braine signed the insane contract not knowing Hewitt was an underachiever, Drad kept Hewitt knowing that Hewitt is an underachiever. Who is the bigger fool?

GT Bball Fan

March 26th, 2010
11:20 am

Hewitt staying is not that bad IF:

1) He adheres to your 8 well thought out points above.
2) Gets re-charged for the challenge of battling wits with ACC caliber coaches.

3)Continues his recruiting success and stabilizes the point guard position.
4) Shumpert is a 2 guard, not a point guard.

The two things Hewitt does great is recruit and he gets kids to hustle, hustle , hustle. Watching bad talent or good talent not hustling is worse than watching good talent underachieve. We could have easily hired a worse coach. I will continue to support the team & Coach Hewitt.

BTW – Ugay fans riding the coat tails of KY in BBall and UF/LSU in Football is hilarious. You continue to have no overall team success in Basketball for decades!!! All this talent in Georgia and you have nothing for decades. Ha Ha! Shreveport for football, Not even the NIT in Bball – tough times in the trailer park!

Who cares

March 26th, 2010
11:51 am

Keep him, fire him, he quits, he wins, he looses, who cares! So long as the bb program makes enough money to support itself and make a little for the Institute who cares! Football, football, football is all that matters! Football is the bread and butter! Football is all that matters! Basketball is just somthing to make the winter go by faster.

dpj98

March 26th, 2010
12:46 pm

@ LOST to UGA 66-73
First, let me start off by saying you’re a complete moron. Your logic and conclusions make no sense. The SEC had only two teams make it out of the first round, Tenn and Kentucky. The 5 wins for the SEC are from those two teams alone, Tenn-2, UK-3. The ACC had 4 teams make it out of the first round accounting for their 5 wins. The tournament isn’t even over yet and you’re trying to make comparisons. Tennessee could lose tonight and UK would be the only SEC team left. If Duke keeps winning, the ACC finishes with a winning record and your entire argument is null and void. Heck, by your logic, the Horizon League at 3-0 is the best conference in the Tournament. The fact that you even brought up the women’s tournament destroys pretty much the rest of your credibility. Why don’t you bring up women’s field hockey?
Next time you wanna try your hand at logic, just grab your crayons and color your coloring book in the corner.

AGTfan

March 26th, 2010
1:03 pm

Tech fans, get over yourselves. Just because you’re right about your complaints about Coach Hewitt, doesn’t mean you accomplish anything by endlessly repeating them. He’s our coach. You’re not going to change that (at least not this coming season). So shut up. Get behind your team. The only possible effect of all your whining is to hurt recruiting. If you just have to say something, try making some positive recommendations. Like, please go out and find a quality offensive assistant. As for the UGA fans, I know there are UGA fans with class and intelligence. Go learn from them before trolling. You just bring shame to yourselves and your team.

Jon

March 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

Chris, I usually enjoy your blog but I’ve got to take issue with something you said. To imply that Paul Hewitt is coasting on his “Golden Parachute” and needs to “be a man” is irresponsible at best. As a GT alum and avid basketball fan, I too share your frustrations with the on-court performance we’ve seen over the last couple of seasons. But to question the work ethic and intergrity of a man that has done nothing but represent Georgia Tech with class is uncalled for. Furthermore, all of his coaches and players have represented the school with tremendous class.

Criticism of Hewitt’s performance, record, and his team’s style of play is acceptable and is certainly warranted given that the team has underachieved the last few seasons. But please do not question the coach’s integrity or manhood. That is wrong.

Jon

March 26th, 2010
2:31 pm

One more comment: I may be in the minority here, but I don’t consider UGA our top rival in basketball. Certainly, it’s a game I would prefer to win but I place far more importance on beating Duke, UNC, & Maryland because those are the top programs in our conference and really in all of college basketball.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 26th, 2010
2:47 pm

Jon, Umm, back in the Cremins day, we use to own Maryland.

We own no one in Basketball anymore. Hell, Ga. State has almost beat us a few times.

There’s our new rival, Ga. State.

Thanks, for being a nice guy Coach Blewitt.