Fire Paul Hewitt

01/06/2010

Welcome to FPH

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter @ 9:50 PM

I am a baseball guy.  I really don’t know too much about what I’m going to be writing about, but I intend to get much better and learn.  A short introduction.

I just got back from the Orange Bowl.  It was a great trip, despite a not-so-great game.  On top of that, the Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team managed to lose to Georgia.  I understand it’s only one game and I understand that Georgia has plenty of advantages with respect to recruiting football players (huge boosters, inferior admissions and academic standards, bigger student body, bigger budget, more NFL attention, etc..).  If their school’s administration gave 10% as much attention to basketball as they did football, a loss to Georgia on the basketball courts wouldn’t bother me nearly as much.

Their program has been a joke since the Jim Harrick scandal.  Perhaps the most notable thing for the program since then was a surprise SEC Tournament win in 2008, in which (according to the University of Georgia Official Athletic Website: http://www.georgiadogs.com/):

Georgia’s 4-game run through the SEC Tournament 1) matched its entire win total for the whole 16-game regular-season conference schedule, and 2) represented the Bulldogs’ longest winning streak of the 2007-08 season.

Not exactly a memorable year outside of what their own official fucking website basically calls a fluke tournament run.

The Bulldogs won their last regular-season conference (SEC) championship in 1990.  The best player to play for them since then is probably (actually, without a doubt) Jarvis Hayes.  Jarvis Hayes is an NBA regular, but he’s certainly no player that a child dreams of becoming (such as, oh, I don’t know, Chris Bosh or Javaris Crittenton or Thaddeus Young or Derrick Favors–that’s just since 2003).  Additionally, Jarvis Hayes comes with an added degree of embarrassment because he was recruited by (most undoubtedly in some dubious fashion) and played for the aforementioned Jim Harrick–a regime everyone wants to forget entirely.

My point is simply this–their program is a joke.  Their memorable moments are few and far between, their memorable players are even more so.  Their fans don’t care, their administration doesn’t care, their athletic department probably doesn’t even care.  It’s a joke.  Even internally, it’s a joke.

Georgia Tech, on the other hand, plays in arguably the best conference in the nation.  If the ACC isn’t the best in the nation, it was the best not too long ago.  We won’t get into the merits of various NCAAMBB conferences at this point because I have virtually no idea how to quantify it and summary opinions without evidence are bullshit, but the ACC is a highly respected basketball conference, I think that’s something we can all agree upon (if the only thing…).

Georgia Tech currently has 4 players–Derrick Favors, Mfon Udofia, Iman Shumpert, and Gani Lawal–on their roster that are good enough to play in the NBA.  These four players would most likely (well, I really don’t know enough about it to be able to say, like I said, I’m not used to this sort of thing, though I do intend to get better.  In the mean time, a little help?) be drafted if every eligible player entered the NBA draft tomorrow.  Basketball is considered the premier sport at Georgia Tech.  Sure, with Paul Johnson’s revolution football is more popular these days, but I’m not so sure that was the case as recently as a few years ago.  The team was in the national championship game not seven years ago and the fans and administration expects the team to be competitive anually.  They support it, devote resources to it, and they’re emotionally invested in it.

I mention these things to point out the fact that Georgia Tech doesn’t just have a slight advantage over the University of Georgia when it comes to basketball, they’ve got a tremendous advantage.  They play much tougher competition with much better players and are supported much better while UGA goes un appreciated as they generally continue their role as their own weak conference’s punch line.  Hell, UGA didn’t get off of probation from the Jim Harrick scandal until last year.

Simply put, a loss to the University of Georgia in basketball is unacceptable.  I realize that one loss isn’t nearly a sufficient enough sample size to call for a man’s job, but that’s not what I’m saying for two reasons.  One, Paul Hewitt is 4-5 in regular season meetings with Georgia since coming to Tech.  It’s not just this game, it’s the man’s entire body of work, which has been marred with one theme since his induction as the team’s head coach:  under achievement.  Two, I’m not really calling for his job, I just like this name.  Such questions that the contents of this site will attempt to answer include: What, exactly, is the impact a coach has?  Should Paul Hewitt be fired?  And so forth and so on.  It’s an attempt to take an objective look at the Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball coaching situation.

To be honest, I have no idea if Georgia Tech should fire Paul Hewitt or not.  I don’t think anyone who has much of an opinion really knows.  As I mentioned, I’m a baseball guy.  One of the themes in my baseball writing is to not believe anything without evidence, to always ask the question “is that true”, et cetera.  I intend to apply the same principles here.

All in all, we really don’t know, but the evidence points strongly in the direction of blog’s title.

Objectively, I’m going to attempt to determine if the title of this blog is true.  That is the purpose of this space.  The “mission statement”, if you will.  Hopefully I entertain a few folks and learn a thing or two along the way.

To that end, I need to get a lot better at this.  There are several categories of things I need to learn about.  First of all, I need a crash course in NCAA Basketball saber-ish stuff.  I think it’s called “tempo free statistics” or something like that.  I need links to blogs that deal with that sort of thing as well as links to Georgia Tech and other ACC basketball blogs.  Basically, I’m jumping head first into a project without doing much research, trying to learn on the fly.  Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you for stopping by.  Any input is always appreciated.

Until next time, follow me on Twitter @FirePaulHewitt.

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12 Comments

  1. Wow PWHjort, nice job… Is this what you want to do for a career? You’d be great.

    Comment by Jurrjen4NLCY — 01/06/2010 @ 7:43 PM

  2. No way. Just doing this for fun.

    Comment by Peter — 01/06/2010 @ 7:52 PM

  3. So what do you want to do?

    Comment by Jurrjen4NLCY — 01/06/2010 @ 8:42 PM

  4. Yep. Fire him. I’m sick of Tech failing in big moments. And coming the night after Bobby Cremins Charleston chewies upset UNC? Too much to take.

    Comment by Hotspur — 01/06/2010 @ 9:59 PM

  5. “…but he’s certainly no player that a child dreams of becoming (such as, oh, I don’t know, Chris Bosh or Javaris Crittenton or Thaddeus Young or Derrick Favors–that’s just since 2003).”

    Javaris Crittenton? Are you kidding me? Not only does he not play and suck, but he also shot off a gun in an NBA locker room. I know Harrick is an embarrassment, but mentioning Crittenton in any sort of positive light is beyond ridiculous.

    Comment by Drew Feely — 01/07/2010 @ 12:25 AM

  6. He’s also 22 years old. His development is far from complete.

    Some perspective, please.

    Comment by Peter — 01/07/2010 @ 8:56 AM

  7. Far from complete? Dude. It’s complete. He’s never playing another minute of basketball in the NBA. If you bring a gun to work, load it, and fire a chamber…there may be some consequences. Try and see it from that perspective.

    Comment by Drew Feely — 01/07/2010 @ 1:01 PM

  8. I’m not getting into a discussion about this. That’s not the point. Point is: he has more talent in his pinky finger than anyone to graduate from Georgia since 1990.

    This nit-picking at details is far from productive. I won’t tolerate treadshitting here.

    Enough.

    Comment by Peter — 01/07/2010 @ 1:25 PM

  9. I don’t really understand the nit-picking. Your point is a valid one. Javaris Crittenton is/was a very talented basketball player, greater than pretty much anyone to come out of Georgia’s system. I think you could make a case for Jarvis Hayes or Shandon Anderson, but no point in going there. 99% Tech’s players > Georgia’s best players.

    I don’t think it’s treadshitting bringing up what just transpired. Crittenton was about as valuable as Acie Law the last couple years, each being on their 3rd team. Sundiata Gaines has a better chance of succeeding in the league now. That’s sad.

    Kids wanting to be Chris Bosh? Yes. Thaddeus Young? Yes. One is already great, the other one is on his way to be very good. I just think it’s silly to use Crittenton in that same sentence, in light of what just happened. Can’t you admit that instead of saying he’s a far from developed 22 year old who has so much talent in his pinky finger?

    Comment by Drew Feely — 01/07/2010 @ 3:55 PM

  10. Crittenton was the better player than Young during their mutual year at Georgia Tech–2006-2007. Young was the better prospect, but it was always fairly close. They were both McDonalds All-Americans. Young was drafted 12th after his freshman year, Crittenton was drafted 19th after his (same) freshman year.

    They’re both extremely talented players.

    Even so, to harp on whether or not a child actually wants to be like one of them is to miss the point I was trying to illustrate.

    The language was chosen in an attempt to be slightly more cordial than to say something easy and cheap (though true) like “these players are all a lot more talented than anyone that has played at Georgia in 20 years”.

    I don’t care about morality or legal issues.

    Comment by Peter — 01/07/2010 @ 4:41 PM

  11. Since you state the fact that you don’t know much about basketball, I thought I could help you out.

    I have been a UNC Chapel Hill fan all my life, thanks to previous generations of my family. I personally just graduated from Ga Tech just a few weeks ago. So between my high standards for basketball programs, and the fact that Paul Hewitt is the coach of my alma mater, I am a BIG fan of this site.

    First thing I would tell you to research is what Paul Hewitt claims he does, which is run the Transition Offense. This type of offense is what Carolina is notorious for, as well as Kansas. So if you want to know what real Transition Offenses look like, go watch a UNC game from the 08-09 season, or a KU game from the current season with the exception of the game yesterday versus Cornell.

    I am sure there is plenty more I know about basketball, keep me posted on what else you are researching and I’ll do my best to help you out.

    Comment by guice — 01/07/2010 @ 8:46 PM

  12. Thanks, guice.

    I actually semi-follow UNC and watched them a lot last season. I haven’t really seen much of that from Hewitt this season. Then again, I haven’t really watched much this season….

    I really appreciate it. That was very helpful.

    Comment by Peter — 01/07/2010 @ 9:12 PM


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