Jackets still have hope with Hewitt

We’ll start by getting the bleak stuff out of the way, but cover your eyes if you’re allergic to sloppiness.

With Hewitt’s Yellow Jackets dropping to 10-16 overall and 1-12 in the ACC on Sunday at home, you’d have thought there were orange paws along 10th Street leading to Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Nearly a third of the 8,339 in attendance were Clemson fans. They even did the unthinkable by infiltrating the Tech student sections with loud voices.

In the end, when Clemson surged to an 81-73 victory, the only thing missing was the Tech pep band playing “Tiger Rag.”

“You had to notice [all the Clemson fans], but it’s nobody’s fault but our own,” Hewitt said, with his ninth season at Tech resembling his sixth one — brutal. Back then, the Jackets dropped to 11-17 overall and 4-12 in the conference. That was two years after Tech played UConn for the national championship.

Even so, you shouldn’t compare the collapse of Hewitt’s post-Jarrett Jack team to the sloppy ways of this one. “This team is more talented, and we should be better,” said Hewitt, always straightforward, which brings to that light for Tech hoops. In addition to the coming of Favors, the all-everything player from South Atlanta who committed to joining the Jackets next season, Hewitt’s mindset hasn’t changed, and neither have his emotions. They are the same now as they were for that universally hugged coach who spent five seasons ago taking Tech to the Final Two.

Whether Hewitt is in the aftermath of a victory or a defeat, he’s still focused on trying to win the next game. He’s still seeking to help his athletes become better as players as well as students. He’s still avoiding the pity parties, because he’s still focused on “we” instead of “me.”

Said Hewitt, “Unfortunately, we’re experiencing a very bad season, but we can’t compound it by not doing what we need to do academically. So we’re going to get ready to play again on Saturday [at North Carolina]. We’re going to take some time off. Starting tomorrow, we’ve got nine weeks left in the semester. We’re always conscious about that as coaches — to remind them to be mindful of the academic clock and not just the basketball clock as the season winds down.”

As for Hewitt’s emotions, he isn’t exactly a Ramblin’ Wreck over the current plight of his bunch. Despite watching mostly turnovers blow at least five games for the Jackets in the fleeting minutes, he still gets a wonderful night’s sleep. “Well, I didn’t say that,” Hewitt said, laughing, referring to his heavy travel schedule.

Which brings us to the final reason for that light. Added Hewitt, “I’ve recruited more now this year than I ever have during the season. You’re trying to offset the possibility of this ever happening again.”

It won’t.

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By Rob

February 22, 2009 7:27 PM | Link to this

There is no hope.

By Craig

February 22, 2009 7:59 PM | Link to this

As long a GT keeps making excuses for Hewitt just as Moore does Tech will remain where it is….at the bottom of the ACC. While he’s not as bad as Felton was with the Dawgs, Hewitt has proven he’s not a top line ACC coach. His huge contract and the lack of financial strength in the GT Ath. Dept mean he is safe for the forseeable future. I say…keep making excuses and PLEASE KEEP Paul Hewitt at Tech…….

By the sage

February 22, 2009 8:09 PM | Link to this

Terry Thanks for the somewhat positive spin on the status of CPH and GT BB. It’s best not to bring in personalities. I compare our BB program to the football under CG. For whatever reason, we need new leadership in BB. CPH as was CCG are outstanding men and highly regarded, they just can’t get the job done at GT. We’re playing like the ole Dwayne Morrison teams, very sloppy. I could go on but it’s senseless, just make a change and move on. Selah

By BravesFan79

February 22, 2009 8:10 PM | Link to this

GREAT strategy by the coaching staff to play at a non stop fast pace when we were up by 15 in the first half…..allowing us to Quickly loose the lead.
Then in the 2nd half while down by 5 or more points… the broadcasters point out…… “GT is taking their time, trying to shorten the game” More Brilliant strategy by Hewitt and company!!

By gtdave

February 22, 2009 8:26 PM | Link to this

The question is: has Hewitt ever been a ‘skillful’ X’s and O’s guy? Wake up, Mr. Moore…..He has had way too much talent for Tech to accept this embarrassment. He has taken a team that use to be respected to be the laughing stock of the ACC, if not the country. Let’s face, it Favors will most likely be one-and-done (is that good recruiting?). Clinch has never developed. At least Gailey provided a consistent winner…We’ve only had brief flashes of good play between terrible seasons. We have yet heard of Dan R’s, disgust. Where is the outrage from the Tech Alumni? At least Tech beat UGA, but that isn’t saying much. ACC games used to be a tough ticket, but now, you can even get into Duke games, or have 3000 Clemson fans come to AMC. Unbelievable. Coack Cremins must be rolling around in his condo at Hilton Head.

By Kevin

February 22, 2009 8:35 PM | Link to this

As a Tech fan, I am very disappointed with the product put on the floor. I don’t think Derrick Favors, a one and done guys, is going to be the savior of the team. CPH has got to go out and find a couple of gym rats. Some guys who know it is an honor to play college basketball. Not some guy who is waiting around to get old enough to join the NBA. I think next years team is going to stand around and watch this guy play next year. You need a cohesive TEAM, not a one good player and 4 bums.

By GT Babe

February 22, 2009 8:36 PM | Link to this

OMG, please I can’t take anymore of this..it is now 5 years removed from the national title game..enough already…in fact, I don’t even feel GATECH should have to pay off this coach because truth be told, Hewitt has robbed Tech. If I were GT, I would take this matter to arbitration. No judge in their right mind would say anything about Hewitt’s contract is fair or balanced. And those of you who have been harping how Hewitt is an honorable man, well then Hewitt ought to give the money back as honorable men do. Give him an IOU, it’s the American way as it stands today. GO GET MARK PRICE and bring honor and integrity back to the GA TECH basketball program

By double d’s

February 22, 2009 8:37 PM | Link to this

You have got to be kidding………

By buzzedoff

February 22, 2009 8:45 PM | Link to this

Have your lost your mind? You have got to be kidding……………….

By UGA is so last year

February 22, 2009 8:47 PM | Link to this

True and utter embarrassment. We have sunk to an all time low. Reminds me of football a few years ago when there were 15,000 opponent fans in our stands. It will only get worse next year if Hewitt is still around. I think DRAD is in denial if he thinks GT fans will come back in droves next year after this year – even with that one and done player coming.

By Travis

February 22, 2009 9:01 PM | Link to this

“It won’t”

It will. The year after next. And the year after that until this guy’s gone. We may get to 8 or 9 wins next year but thats his ceiling.

By StingerSplash

February 22, 2009 9:07 PM | Link to this

Yes, Tech has been consistent under Hewitt — consistently under .500 in the ACC. His teams still lack discipline, and I don’t mean saying bad things about someone’s momma or not going to class or having a few at a local bar when they shouldn’t. They lack discipline in offense and defense and in the fundamentals in the game. They shoot the first open shot – and more often than not, it’s not that open – that comes their way. They refuse to block out consistently, giving up way too many second, third and fourth chance points. They get lost on defense way too easy. And it’s been like that for a long time. This year’s woeful record and play is only highlighting these longstanding problems. I can’t bestow the title of master of Xs and Os on Mr. Hewitt. Look, Cremins was no tactical genius either. His coaching method was “find you five who can play.” Hewitt’s method is “find you five who might be able to play.” Give Lawal, Aminu, Peacock, Clinch, Miller and Shumpert to Coach K or Bruce Pearl or Gary Williams or Bill Self or Tubby Smith and see what they would do with them. It wouldn’t be 1 and ohmygod in the ACC.

By AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 22, 2009 9:09 PM | Link to this

I really shouldn’t blog, but I feel the unresistable urge to say:

Yes, there is NO hope with Hewitt. Could we have a good team with the right players and leaders? YES But will they ever be the absolute best they can be under this coach? NO

There is no hope with Hewitt, and it is so embarrassing to all of us alumni.

By mark price

February 22, 2009 9:15 PM | Link to this

Lets see, with Gailey, we played not to lose, I’m not sure what we’re doing in the ‘unThrilla’ dome these days!

By scjacket

February 22, 2009 9:21 PM | Link to this

Hewiit’s recent refrain is this is so distasteful that “You’re trying to offset the possibility of this ever happening again.” What troubles me is that 1 and 12 is unacceptable to Hewitt, but judging by history, going 6 and 10 is just fine – if not par for the course. Mr. Moore, you consistently support Coach Hewiit but your own article says nearly 1/3 of the people at the game were Clemson fans. Name another ACC scholl were that would happen. Not that long a go you couldn’t buy a ticket to one of our games. A once proud program is being dismantled before your eyes and all you can say is he hasn’t changed. Well that is very true, he hasn’t. With the exception of the run to the championship game, we have been a nonfactor throughout his tenure and things are getting worse.

By JackAint

February 22, 2009 9:30 PM | Link to this

He isn’t worried a bit since his buddy Dave Braine handed him the golden contract. GT BB is all but dead until this guy can be humiliated into leaving somehow, but not holding my breath.

By RAMBLE ON!!!

February 22, 2009 9:56 PM | Link to this

yeah, he’s got 7 million reasons why he sleeps easy.

By Delta Dan

February 22, 2009 10:06 PM | Link to this

Terence,

How can you possibly defend Hewitt’s overall coaching job and record at Tech? Except for that one incredible two week run, the Jackets have been a below average ACC team with a losing record.

This year they are the worst team in the league by a mile

His offense appears to be nothing more complicated than street ball.

Yet, predictably, he still has your support.

By john

February 22, 2009 10:07 PM | Link to this

umm… what happens when the one ‘n dones leave? I believe that we’ll be in the same situation in 2011. Isn’t this what Cremins was fired for?

By chuck allison

February 22, 2009 10:16 PM | Link to this

Terrance Moore and Paul Hewitt seem to have the same problem. Everyone knows that, if it were not for the ill-advised contract Hewitt has, he would be presently unemployed. Every D1 program in the nation is laughing at GA Tech and wondering how they ever got into this situation. Others will learn from Tech’s mistake and never offer such a contract to a coach, especially one with a 27-68 Tech career road record.

By GT Fan

February 22, 2009 11:14 PM | Link to this

To little to late.* Fire Paul Hewitt* and pay him off even if its the 7 Million that stupid AD gave him. What a damn joke!!!

By Seriously?

February 22, 2009 11:33 PM | Link to this

Unfortunately, GT B-Ball is not even worth commenting on anymore.

By DarkJacket

February 23, 2009 12:00 AM | Link to this

I don’t think there are many Jacket fans that have hope in Hewitt, and most of us believe if it weren’t for his ridiculous contract he would be gone already.

That being said I do have hope in next year’s recruits, and I hope this team turns it around.

By drew

February 23, 2009 5:58 AM | Link to this

Hope with Hewitt? I like Paul Hewitt as a person and a recruiter, but he is not the answer (althoguh I understand we’re stuck with him forever due to his unique contract).

He’s correct when he says “this team is talented and should be better”. And that’s the problem…Tech’s talent never seems to meet its potential (with the exception of the one over-achieving team mentioned above). Tech continues to lose because they continue to do the exact same things they were doing the first week of the season. Their half court offense is a joke, and even as a diehard fan, I have a tough time watching this group. Good players, lots of talent, but NO DISCIPLINE (bad shots, turnovers, weak passing, mental lapses, etc.). There’s no way a team with this amount of talent should play so badly. And while most of it’s on the players, the coaching (or lack thereof) is certainly part of the problem.

We’re stuck though. All we can do is hope this highly touted incoming class has so much talent that “coaching them up” won’t be necessary.

By Don B

February 23, 2009 6:28 AM | Link to this

No need to beat around the bush, make excuses or hope for better. Even a novice can tell that Hewitt does not have a clue how to coach. Until GT finds a coach, all the losing will continue

By Jill

February 23, 2009 7:05 AM | Link to this

Hewitt should be let go.

By Doug

February 23, 2009 7:15 AM | Link to this

Tech has some talent and has done some really good things at times during almost every game. But, the guard play is very inconsistent. That inconsistency has been exposed frequently in the waning minutes of close games when the other teams are digging for the extra effort that it takes to win.

The other thing Tech lacks is team speed, and it showed, at times, yesterday. And, lastly, none of our top guards are good defenders. Thank goodness for Lawal and Aminu.

When you look at the ACC, most of the teams actually have better talent than Tech. Academics, defections, and transfers have decimated the roster in the past few years. Hopefully this next freshman class will be more stable.

By Gordon

February 23, 2009 7:27 AM | Link to this

So we Tech fans are supposed to be optimistic because of 1) one-and-done Derrick Favors, 2) Hewitt’s “consistency”, and 3) Hewitt recruiting harder than before. I sure hope I can contain my excitement.

So this won’t happen again? It happened in 05/06, 07/08, and now again in 08/09. Even the 06/07 team that had 4 future NBA players was a bubble team that lost in the first round of the NCAA’s. Who am I supposed to believe, Terrence Moore or my own eyes? Consistency is what Oliver Purnell is building at Clemson: steady improvement every year since he has been there and now 3 straight 20-win seasons with more to come.

Listening to Clemson fans take over the “ThrillerDome” reminds me of Matthew Stafford having to raise his hands to quiet the UGA fans in Bobby Dodd stadium in 2007. Gailey was fired 36 hours later. Hewitt may be a nice guy, but so was Gailey and a lot of other people. This better not happen again, or they might as well start playing their games in the O’Keefe gym.

By KC Kid

February 23, 2009 7:38 AM | Link to this

It won’t huh, Terence?

It best not, or Mr. Hewitt will be coaching high school ball in Nowhereville.

Embarrasing. Please let it be over. Gutless, heartless, spineless and inept………..Could be the worst Jacket team in 30 years.

By Techster

February 23, 2009 7:46 AM | Link to this

Yep, Hewitt is the Man!! He has run this this program right into the ground and out of any semblance of respectability at all. But, hey! There’s always next year, right?! Oh, wait, we said that last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. And the year before that. But we should keep him because he really is a great coach. Maybe next year we’ll get close to .500 before Favors turns pro. That will really be exciting!!!!

By Tech Man in Dawg Country

February 23, 2009 8:07 AM | Link to this

Paul Hewitt is a good man. Let’s hope for his and Tech’s sake that there really is light at the end of this tunnel. I have always said that at Tech, if you are a good person, represent the school well, and are someone the school and alumni can be proud of, then you don’t have to be great, you just have to hold your own. However, 1 and 12 doesn’t really constitute holding your own. If we let Crimmins go, then even with his contract, I can see the same for Hewitt. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. So here’s hoping for better seasons, not just next year with Favors, but in the following years after he is off to the NBA.

By roylee13

February 23, 2009 8:17 AM | Link to this

There is a new bestselling book out there now called “A Slobbering Love Affair” which purports to tell the story of the national media and President Obama. I could not help but to think of this when reading Moore’s column. But you have to give the Techs credit, they have stood by Hewitt. Almost anywhere else the guy would be in trouble. He has never had a winning record in the ACC (his team that made the run to the title game was 8-8) and he has only had one or two decent teams. I’m not sure if this loyalty reflects well on the Techs or if they have simply been brainwashed by Hewitt’s propaganda machine at the AJC and on ESPN.

By upsetcity

February 23, 2009 8:19 AM | Link to this

24 hours later and not one comment. I think that speaks volumes as to then interest in this team right now. What used to be the Thriller Dome is 3,000 seats short of full and 1/3 Clemson fans. What will be done about that?? Probably nothing. Hewitt continues to get All-Americans recruited and does nothing with them. Gani will be gone next year so we won’t have a chance to see Favors/Gani anyway. It’s time for a change at the top.

By jaxjacket

February 23, 2009 8:29 AM | Link to this

Terence, I don’t understand. You admit the team is talented, but they don’t produce. So what does more talent add next year? More talent to be wasted by poor coaching. Tech basketball has been one long list of excuses since 2004. One common thread – Hewitt. We will be better next year, but still underperform. When the train came off the tracks for Cremins, he did the honorable thing, and bowed out with class. Hewitt needs to think about taking the same path. Your column makes no sense whatsoever.

By KSEE

February 23, 2009 8:30 AM | Link to this

I would love to see Tech turn things around and become a much better team next season…UGH i hate talking about “next season” before this season is even done and over with but Tech is def. at that point now(no doubt about that)…but i believe CPH will get things working in the right direction again.

By GT71

February 23, 2009 8:31 AM | Link to this

Thank you Dave Braine for Hewitt’s ‘can’t be fired’ contract. That, and the near-empty pockets of alums, are the ONLY reason this guy is still coaching at Tech. And of course, Mr. Moore still likes him…for the same ol’ same ol’ reason.

By hop

February 23, 2009 8:33 AM | Link to this

i am curious with the latest comment from the mr. moore that tech has hope with hewitt.

my question, what hope are you referring too?

unless, the hope is the kid south atlanta that is committed to tech. who will only play for one year at most for the jackets!

By Phildo

February 23, 2009 8:46 AM | Link to this

More or the same. Hewitt continues to not put a solid product on the court, which is what is he paid to do last time I looked. Nice guy, but so was Gailey. Time to go. Time to eat that Braineless contract and never write another like it.

By TBG

February 23, 2009 8:49 AM | Link to this

Since the “Final 2” in 2004 – now 5 years later… TECH (assuming they lose out this year) will have a cumulative 28-52 record in ACC play – which puts them in dead last place of all 12 teams!!!!

Even Boston College has more wins than Tech – they will probably have about 33-34 after this season is over – and they did it in only 4 seasons (they hadn’t officially joined the ACC in basketball until the 2005-6 season)!!!!

The Bottom Line is that there is no greatest waste of time on planet earth than following Tech Hoops.

It is an unmitigated disaster in every conceivable manner.

The school can not “buy-out” Hewitt – he basically has a lifetime contract – thanks to that loser Dave Braine.

There were less than a 100 students at the game today.

In the 30 years that Tech has been in the ACC – they have reached double digit wins only twice (1985-6 11-3 with Price and Salley and 13-3 in 1995-6 with Marbury and Harpring). That leaves 28 seasons thay have failed to play .600 winning pct. ball. Holy smokes – is that ultra-horrible or what!?!?

Yet, even though all the above is irrefutably TRUE – there are humans (with the my same bio-chemical make-up) that actually “think” Tech will be good again???

Now that is what I call brain-damage!

By Bill

February 23, 2009 9:22 AM | Link to this

Whats the matter big man? The comments to hot to print. Just like Hewitt,a day late and a $ short.

By OBamaJacket

February 23, 2009 9:29 AM | Link to this

Hope and change worked for another guy without a plan, or a clue this year. Why not Hewitt ?

By brian

February 23, 2009 9:37 AM | Link to this

Really? Seriously? This has to be a joke. And I kept waiting for the justification for hope by Terrance, but I sure didn’t ready any.

The fact hewitt says there is more talent that the record shows is purely the point. Heck, tech fans pretty much only had basketball as a sport to watch – now it’s painful to even go. It’s really sad what has happened, and will continue to happen to the program once favors is one and done, shumpert leaves, and we have zero athletes in 2 years (again).

oh and hewitt is now trying to talk academics??? Really? He hasn’t been sterling there either with his players. My goodness.

By fred

February 23, 2009 9:41 AM | Link to this

Talent is not lacking.

As a proud Tech alum all I can say is, “Go Jackets”.

THWG!!!

By GT79

February 23, 2009 10:11 AM | Link to this

“Georgia Tech shot up 7 spots all the way to #167 in the RPI rankings this week, their highest in 3 years. Coach Paul Hewitt said that lowering their turn-overs to 29 per game and losses by teams ranked ahead of the Jackets (such as Bob’s Beauty College and Mr. Goodwrench University) were the main factors in this meteoric rise in the rankings”

GT’s athletic director told a small group of concerned alumni that he couldn’t fire Hewitt because a) GT cannot afford the $7,000,000 buy-out and b) Hewitt is very close to a committment from the 5 yr old playground phenom from Harlem, who everyone says is the next Jordan, if he doesn’t go pro with his whistling belly button act.

Rad did add that there was a silver lining here. He said that, once the Obama stimulus creates the hyper-inflation inevitable when a government prints ridiculous amounts of money, GT will be able to pay Hewitt off using the Confederate money uncovered in 1885 when campus construction began, as it will be as valuable as US currency at that point.

By SavIE53

February 23, 2009 10:21 AM | Link to this

What can you say – - we’ve been there many times before, even worse, and come back stronger than ever with a lots less talent.

By MARK

February 23, 2009 10:29 AM | Link to this

Terrance you have to admit its his big contract saving him..this team is going down and that contract he has is holding the school down from making and moves that could help..you have to see that I’m sure its really bad I really miss good GT basketball I really do…what a mess, Paul should be ashame to have the school in such a fix

By Reality Check

February 23, 2009 10:56 AM | Link to this

I’m sorry, but Hewitt is not a coach ANYONE should consider “skillfull” when it comes to x’s and o’s. Even the final four team didn’t really have a offensive identity, they were just the right collection of athletes that were going to achieve greatness in spite of Hewitt. Jarrett Jack was the leader/coach of that team.

By bballdavid22

February 23, 2009 11:07 AM | Link to this

Tech (and Hewitt) may have recruited well, but at some point you have to be able to coach. Vs Clemson no one could guard the 3-point shot, no one could break the press, Tech couldn’t apply the press without getting beat down the court for easy looks, and Tech called their best inbounds play, the time-out, at least twice. I’m a Tech fan and have been for 50 years, although I never attended the school. But this has gotten way out of hand. Favors will leave school after one season due to the same reason Jack and others have left, they have no chance to ever win a major title. So why stay?

By TerminusTechie

February 23, 2009 11:19 AM | Link to this

Obviously, GT basketball must do significantly better than we have this year.

Let’s hope Hewitt gets things turned around on the court and also keeps the players focused on their academic commitments despite this trying season.

By Rob

February 23, 2009 11:25 AM | Link to this

Tech has the worst ACC win/loss record in the league over the past 3 years. The one constant is Paul Hewitt. You are correct in saying Hewitt hasn’t gone from “skillful to numbskull”; in my opinion he has always been more numbskull than skillful! I think you vastly underestimate the degree of negativity relative to Hewitt in the GT fanbase.

By RT

February 23, 2009 11:49 AM | Link to this

Wow, so Hewitt makes hundreds of thousands a year to coach an ACC basketball team, the team is 1-12 in conference and he recognizes that “we’re experiencing a very bad season.” You’re right, I have plenty of hope, I never would have figured out that we were having a bad season, I guess he’s earning his money. It seems his focus on fixing this is to recruit better. Is it at all possible coaching may be a cause of a bunch of highly talented high school recruits playing as if they just met at a pickup game?

By GT97

February 23, 2009 11:49 AM | Link to this

It is Simple – Recruit players that can just play basketball. If this team were to play each other in Horse, it would last indefinitely because no one would make a shot to be challenged. Every college team needs a whitey to stabilize the shooting woes.

By TheAntiMe

February 23, 2009 12:09 PM | Link to this

The next couple of years are probably going to be “make or break” for Paul Hewitt. If the Jackets can’t at least make it to the “sweet 16”, then coach Hewitt’s Tech highlight of leading the Jackets to the national championship game will seem like a total fluke.

I wish Paul Hewitt success as I think that he is a good coach.

By Bob the Builder

February 23, 2009 12:15 PM | Link to this

As an Atlanta native and Clemson graduate, I greaty enjoyed the game on Sunday. Usually Tech fans will trash talk you win or lose, but yesterday they just quietly walked out of AMC with their head down. That just goes to show how far this program has fallen.

By JEFF TURNER

February 23, 2009 12:17 PM | Link to this

Mr. Moore,

As a Tech alumni, I would like to see more Diversity on the team. The best teams in the ACC are diverse, and I think it would make Tech better – if not in basketball, in life.

Thank You.

Enjoy you on “Rome is Burning”.

Jeff Turner

By jaxjacket

February 23, 2009 12:18 PM | Link to this

Terence, your column is just nonsensical drivel. Hewitt has found a way to underachieve with every team he has had. He has worn out every excuse in the book. Apparently, being “focused on trying to win the next game” hasn’t done us much good this year. Next year, I expect him to underachieve with quite a bit better talent – we will probably win several more games, but not as many as a good coach could get from the team. He should take a page from his predecessor’s book and exit with class without having to be fired. He isn’t coming close to getting the job done.

By Scott Hornibrook

February 23, 2009 12:34 PM | Link to this

I can’t wait for the day that we fire Hewitt. If it’s a money problem, call the Alumni in, they are all engineers that make alot of money to buy him out, so we can get on with hiring a coach that will get our program movong toward a top 10 team, year in and year out.

By O’brien

February 23, 2009 12:49 PM | Link to this

Terence,

Hewitt’s ACC record is 58-73. And after going 4-12 in ‘05-‘06, our record the following year was 8-8. If we go 1-15 this year, sure, it’s possible that we’ll go 9-7 the following year.

But then Favors will leave, and so will Lawal (if he doesnt leave this year), and we’ll go back to losing 9 or more ACC games again.

Will the cycle ever be broken? Is consistency too much to ask for?

By THWG

February 23, 2009 1:03 PM | Link to this

With the money he makes…and the fact he has only had one truly good season in Atlanta…Why is he only now recruting “more now this year than I ever have during the season.” I guess that explains our current predicament as much as the lack of fundamentals (see free throws for reference).

By T B HOGG

February 23, 2009 1:16 PM | Link to this

HEWITT NEEDS TO DO TECH A FAVOR AND RESIGN. HE IS DOING PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE TECH BASKETBALL PROGRAM!

By Keef

February 23, 2009 1:51 PM | Link to this

The talent on the floor is not the problem.

By Scott

February 23, 2009 2:08 PM | Link to this

What a joke! Paul Hewitt sucks! This team sucks and has no heart! It won’t happen again because mid way through the season next year he will get the ax! I would have fired him this year! He is an embarrasment to the school, the ACC, and to the coaching profession!

By GO Tech Fire Hewitt

February 23, 2009 4:20 PM | Link to this

Terence you obviously have NO basketball knowledge. I have been a tech fan and season ticket holder for the last few years and have to say Hewitt is the worst coach in college basketball. That is not just my thinking, when Thad and Crit were playing I sat next to two NBA scouts and they said the same thing.

He has no set offense and not a single out of bounds play. He stands in a self huddle during time outs and doesn’t talk to his team. He leads the nation, and set numerous world records, for number of substitutions (especially for a team that does not press). The frustration is killing me, but he always pulls out one big win, a run, or a big recruit to save his job.

Simply put, he is the worst college coach I have ever seen (and I could be biased growing up in Indiana and seeing the greatest college coach ever and several top 100 coaches).

By ben

February 23, 2009 4:22 PM | Link to this

At any other major college program, Hewitt would be toast at the end of this season. But, I guess his finals appearance, Favors, and expensive buyout will buy him another season.

By Pete

February 23, 2009 5:11 PM | Link to this

It is definitely time for Hewitt to go. Why has Tech put up with this guy for so long?

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