Saturday, May 14, 2011

Paul Hewitt Looks Back on the Good and the Bad of His Time At Georgia Tech

Paul Hewitt made a surprising move in late April to take the George Mason job just six weeks after being released by Georgia Tech with a $7 Million plus buyout in hand.

Jason King of Yahoo Sports did a Q and A with Hewitt touching on his new job as well as his time at Tech.

Q: How will you look back on your time at Georgia Tech?

A: “I was honored to be the coach there for 11 years. I thought we did a really good job. Did we have all the success we wanted there, especially during the last five years? Probably not. But at the same time, we to the NCAA tournament five times along with the national championship game. I think that was significant. But the best part was that we coached some kids that have gone on to do some really good things with their lives. It may sound corny, but at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”

Q: Any regrets?

A: “I didn’t do a good job of managing the roster. I look at other programs that have lost players. They did a much better job. I did a bad job of managing the point guard position. We were perpetually young there, and that’s not a good thing in today’s college basketball world, I don’t care what league you’re in.”

King also looks at the challenges facing Hewitt's successor, Brian Gregory, as well as the other new coaches in college basketball next season.

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