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Source: Hewitt out at Georgia Tech

Posted on: March 12, 2011 10:34 am
Georgia Tech has fired Paul Hewitt as its basketball coach, a source confirmed to early Saturday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Hewitt led Georgia Tech to the NCAA tournament title game in 2004 but hasn't had a winning ACC record in the seven subsequent seasons. He made the NCAA tournament in just two of his final six seasons. Hewitt's $7 million buyout has long been considered a hurdle to his termination. But Georgia Tech officials decided to move in another direction and informed Hewitt of the decision Saturday morning.

Hewitt coached 11 seasons at Georgia Tech.

He was a serious candidate for the St. John's job last year.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2011 1:11 pm

Source: Hewitt out at Georgia Tech

All I can say it is about time! While Hewitt is a tremendous recruiter and a great person, he was a horrible game coach. He had questionable substitutions, terrible timeouts, and at times, just seemed clueless. I agree that he lost some really good players to the NBA after 1 or 2 years. But that is no different than Bobby Cremins, who lost a hell of a lot better talent to the NBA and still managed to do a better job. Unfortunately, for Georgia Tech, they had a chance to hire a proven coach last year, who is no longer available, namely Steve Lavin at St. Johns. Look what he has done with that team this year.

Don't get me wrong, I think Paul Hewitt did a great job when he first came in. It just seems he lost the hunger to win that he had prior to the appearance in the national championship game. I have no clue who GT should hire now, because whoever it is, he will have his hands full with Duke, NC, FSU, Maryland, and Clemson. There are some really good coaches out there at some smaller schools, such as Butler, Xavier, and Gonzaga. They all have built successful programs over a long period of time and somehow manage to sustain that success, which was something that hasn't happened at Tech since Bobby Cremins. Our AD needs to be smart and creative in finding our next coach.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:43 pm

But will it bring improvement?

Paul Hewitt has appears to be a class guy who recruited well but coaches in one of the three really tough basketball conferences (Big XII, Big East, ACC - year after year). The problem is the University wants to be champions, not also-rans. The premier schools in the country, Duke, Kansas, UNC, UCLA, Michigan State each have a coach who not only recruits well but wins. Hewitt has amassed talent to win but has struggled to mold it into the consistent winner.

The idea that a coach should be given slack for losing top players is eroded by schools such as Kansas who send three to five top players to the NBA each year and have just won their seventh straight conference championship. Hewitt could not do that even for one year. But is there a coach available to Georgia Tech that can win the ACC? Maybe not until Mike and Roy retire. When one of them is down the other steps into the gap. And there are good coaches in a number of other schools. Now with a new coach, recruiting is starting over. Be prepared for a couple of rocky years, Georgia Tech. Hope this works out better for you in the future than it has in the past.

Since: Aug 15, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:04 pm

Source: Hewitt out at Georgia Tech

Think about the talent that he lost last year.  There is just no way to lose that talent and be successfull.  Even at your beloved carolina, Roy lost several NBA players and followed a national championship with an NIT loss.  Hewitt didn't lose his drive to succeed, he lost his talented players.  How are you even qualified to talk about his motivation ad being "uninspired"?  I would venture a guess that the most you've seen of the man is when he coached his team to that 30 point beatdown of carolina.  Did he seem "uninspired" then too?

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:04 pm

Source: Hewitt out at Georgia Tech

Coach Hewitt had the greatest contract for a coach ever written.  His contract renewed for 6 more years at the end of every season for 10 seasons starting after his title game run.  So basically, he just keeps getting new automatic 6 year contracts at the end of the year.  More importantly, he could not be fired without a buyout unless it was with cause and performance on the court was not cause in his contract.  ALSO, if he was not notified 30 days in advance about his firing, he gets an extra $1million.  Hewitt is a great recruiter, however he was not a great in game coach.  He will find a job somewhere though, because of his recruiting ability.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: March 12, 2011 11:58 am

Source: Hewitt out at Georgia Tech

That's the problem with huge contracts that are guaranteed. Most people with them; coaches, NBA players, and MLB players get to comfortable and lose their desire. Paul Hewitt is the latest example, knowing he has 7 million coming, what's the motivation? He's uninspired and it trickled down to his team's over the last 5 years. Enjoy your free $$$ Paul.?

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 11:07 am

Source: Hewitt out at Georgia Tech

All I say is it's about time Georgia Tech wake up and smell the coffee. I thought it'd never happen.

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