Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt has passed on the opportunity to coach St. John's.
A source told CBSSports.com that Hewitt informed school officials Thursday after basically concluding that the job he has now (Georgia Tech) is better than the job he could've had in the next few seasons (St. John's). Beyond that, Hewitt's buyout at Georgia Tech is roughly $7 million, meaning the worst case scenario has him walking with a huge check if Georgia Tech decides to fire him in the coming years.
St. John's will now turn its attention to secondary candidates, perhaps Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg. Cornell's Steve Donahue is another possible candidate, although he has said many times he won't discuss anything with anybody until the Big Red's season is complete. They play Kentucky late Thursday in the Sweet 16.
St. John's is looking for a coach to replace Norm Roberts.
He was fired last week after six seasons.