Hewitt staying at Georgia Tech

BY foxsports • March 25, 2010

Paul Hewitt is staying at Georgia Tech.

Hewitt has spurned interest from St. John’s and decided to remain in Atlanta -- where he has spent the last decade.

Hewitt is a New York native who turned down St. John’s the last time around -- and was Chris Monasch’s top target this time after Norm Roberts was let go.

“My family and I have developed deep ties to Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta,” said Hewitt. “I strongly believe in what Georgia Tech can do for young people, and I am committed to returning the Tech basketball program to the level of success our fans have come to expect. We took a step in that direction this past season, and I fully intend to continue on that path.”

Georgia Tech was 23-13 this past season, 7-9 in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets lost to Ohio State last weekend in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Hewitt is 177-144 in his tenure and led Georgia Tech to the national title game in 2004.

“I think what has transpired over the last few days speaks volumes about Paul Hewitt and about Georgia Tech. Paul’s credentials as a human being, a family man, a leader and a builder of character are impeccable. All of us at Georgia Tech are committed to assist him in providing an outstanding men’s basketball program,” said director of athletics Dan Radakovich.

Hewitt’s contract is a five-year rollover in which he would pay $3.4 million if he leaves. If Georgia Tech decides to let him go, the school would owe him more than $7 million.