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St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

Posted on: March 23, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2010 2:39 pm

St. John's officials have received permission to speak about the school's coaching vacancy with Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt, a New York native who might be willing to move back home after 10 seasons in Atlanta.

Hewitt has made five NCAA tournaments -- including the 2004 national title game -- but endured criticism in recent years because of a lack of postseason success. A source told that no meeting is yet scheduled and that the parties will not meet Tuesday. Wednesday is more likely, according to the source.

St. John's fired Norm Roberts last week.

Hewitt led Georgia Tech to a 23-13 record this season.

The Yellow Jackets lost to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2010 7:05 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

Where's Brian Mahoney when you need him Smile

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2010 7:02 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

he likes the program, and 3 mill from 2.2 mill is a step up :)...hes not coming bc the school wont hire him, nor even talk to him about coming...he likes to cheat on his wife and st johns is scared to hire anyone that isnt sparkling clean

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2010 6:59 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

I think Paul Hewitt would be an excellent hire for the Johnnies. He is an excellent recruiter in terms of bringing some of the McDonald's All-Americans back to Madison Square Garden. This team is very talented and I think will make a big run next year with their experience coming back. I am surprised that Billy Donovan said no. He has struggled at Florida since winning the two national championship, making just 1 NCAA Tournament in the last 3 years and I think he could use a new challenge. Yes, he has turned down the Kentucky job and spurned the Orlando Magic, but this was a chance for the Gators coach to restore glory back to the program that he grew up watching back in Long Island.

As for the other NYC programs, I think Fran McCaffrey will be the head coach of a major program this year, and my gut is telling me Seton Hall. He can recruit in NYC and he has brought Siena to winning prominence. Seton Hall has the talent, but they need the charismatic head coach and Fran can do that. Fordham is about to land a big hire as well with Hofstra coach Tom Pecora. Hopefullly, NYC gets back to basketball prominence.

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2010 6:40 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

So people need to be realistic on this topic

Rick Pitino---- why would I leave Louisville for St.Johns, I am getting a new building have great facilities and I have a program willing to spend money. For St Johns not a chance

Billy D----- why leave Florida period.

Paul Hewitt ---- is the best this program can do.. third rate coach for a third rate program.

People need to realize that no coach of consiquence wants this job and st johns alum and NYers need to get out of the 70's and 80's

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2010 5:49 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

I agree 100%... Alsol I think GT need some new blood. Hope the best for all!


Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2010 5:27 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

If Paul Hewitt has decent Assistant Coaches, then he will put really good teams on the court. He's a great recruiter and has a knack for bringing in super talent, but he can't do everything himself. When he's had good bench help with other coaches, even when he didn't have the same level of talent he had this past season, the Yellow Jackets actually played better "team" basketball because they were better coached at all aspects of the game. Unfortunately, it seems like every year over the past several years, assistant coaches have been hired away and there hasn't been any continuity, and it really has showed.

Personally, I think that if St. John's can convince Paul Hewitt to take the job, they'll be quite happy with what he'll be bringing to the University, and, while GA Tech will be VERY happy they'd be out from under the terrible contract that Coach Hewitt had with the Yellow Jackets, they'd also miss out on some big time recruits, at least in the short run. While I'm sure DRad will do a great job finding a replacement, I can guarantee you that there will never be another "lifetime" contract given out by the GA Tech Athletic Association, regardless of whomever is offered the job. Tongue out

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2010 5:04 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

Here are the top 10 winningest college basketball programs of all time as of the 2008/09 season:

1    Kentucky   
    1988    635   

2    North Carolina   
    1984    703   

3    Kansas   
    1970    793   

4    Duke   
    1877    817   

5    Syracuse   
    1753    806   

6    Temple   
    1711    960   

7    St. John's   
    1686    868   

8    UCLA   
    1672    726   

9    Penn   
    1658    949   

10    Notre Dame   
    1651    908

Where's Louisville?

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2010 4:41 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

Somebody anybody who might be able to keep the hometown kids at home is a plus. Granted,the on campus life offers little,but it's a shot the HS kids in NY to play in MSG on a regular basis
A lifelong fan and frustrated alum

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2010 4:05 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

It is not the adultery BS that is the problem. It is the abortion part of it. Patino paid for an abortion which is a no-no in the Catholic church.

Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2010 4:03 pm

St. John's gets permission to speak with Hewitt

Why on earth would Pitino leave Louisville for St. John's? That is a step down in the same league. And don't give me the "going home" line, that is completely overrated.

The Mark Jackson thing is just wishful thinking.

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