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…