Posted on: March 12, 2011 10:34 am
Georgia Tech has fired Paul Hewitt as its basketball coach, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com 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.
Posted on: March 25, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2010 2:53 pm
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.
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 CBSSports.com 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.
Posted on: January 14, 2009 7:27 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2009 7:29 pm
Derrick Favors announced Monday night that he plans to enroll at Georgia Tech.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Atlanta is the nation's top high school senior, according to Scout.com. He has long been expected to choose between Georgia Tech and Georgia, meaning his decision to remain in his home state is hardly a surprise but still a huge development for Paul Hewitt. Furthermore, it continues the Yellow Jackets' trend of luring five-star recruits -- from Lewis Clinch in 2005, Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton in 2006, Gani Lawal in 2007 and Iman Shumpert in 2008 -- and almost certainly alleviates some of the pressure on Hewitt, who took a 9-6 record into Wednesday night's game against Duke.