Is tonight Paul Hewitt’s last home game at George Mason?

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It has been discussed to great lengths, when is Paul Hewitt going to be out as George Mason’s head coach? Tonight the Patriots host George Washington in their final home game of the season and many are wondering if this will be the final time we see Paul Hewitt at the Patriot Center. Mason has gone 3-12 since opening Atlantic 10 play with a win over La Salle back in early January. They sit at 9-19 overall with another loss putting them with back to back 20-loss seasons for the first time since 1993. Keep in mind one of their nine wins this season was against a non-Division I school, Catawba.

It’s not all about the wins and losses over these four years. This team has look unprepared, confused, and sloppy overall in way too many games. I’ve been hearing fans and long time supporters questioning just what exactly Hewitt is trying to on offense for years now. Sure you can blame the players and say they aren’t “executing” but who brought these kids in? Hewitt’s best year here was his first when he inherited a well put together team and a conference player of the year in Ryan Pearson. Since then he’s failed on a ton of recruiting efforts and did not address huge needs in the overall roster. The point guard position being the most glaring weakness. His attempts to convert small forwards into back court players has been very puzzling to watch and has made them one of the most turnover prone teams in the country.

When Hewitt left Georgia Tech he mentioned that he mismanaged the roster and it’s pretty obvious that also happened at Mason. Besides the fact this year’s team has very limited guards or shooters that can compete at the A-10 level, they were prior roster moves that turned out bad. Erik Copes was a huge bust, had off the court issues, and was rumored to have failed out of school. Anali Okoloji was brought in from Seton Hall and forced in the starting lineup early and didn’t bring much besides a lot of fouls. He showed his true colors when he stomped on a USF player in 2013. Jonathan Arledge left the program after a promising year and then basically said to an ODU newspaper that he felt like the team wasn’t going anywhere. Smart kid. Also, Hewitt brought in former highly rated recruit Julian Royal over from Georgia Tech who has shown this season why he wasn’t a highly coveted transfer and why he rode the bench in Atlanta.

On defense Mason’s efficiency has been awful. I get that Hewitt is not a defensive guru like Larranaga was and not all coaches are but when your offense is this bad heading into the season what exactly was the strategy? There were injuries and other circumstances but I really doubt true freshmen Eric Lockett and Therence Mayimba would have had that immediate of an impact. Defense has never been this program’s calling card and we have been watching terrible perimeter and back court defense for four years now.

Financial issues or not I think Brad Edwards knows this program isn’t going in the right direction and that a change has to be made.

[Photo by Bill Bride]

  • Daniel Wu

    Let’s hope both CJ Jackson and Ahmad Gilbert realize that they can still succeed at George Mason even if Hewitt is not there anymore next season.

    Ahmad Gilbert is probably the most susceptible to leaving since his reason for choosing Mason was because Hewitt had him sold on his system (the system is complete garbage, Hewitt is clearly a talented con artist).
    But I’m okay with that. I would much rather see the loss of a commitment from a 3 star/4 star recruit from one year than to see anymore crappy basketball games.

  • Chris Hirsch

    I’ll be there live for one last fart.

    • mkaufman1

      Just make sure your dog doesnt run out on you and you make the introductions.

    • GMU-74-EVR

      MAKE IT COUNT CHRIS. THERE’S A HARD TIMES CAFE NEARBY. GET THE CHILI MAC WITH EXTRA ONIONS!!!

  • mkaufman1

    Just a hunch and nothing more:

    CJ Jackson may be likely to stay because with Edwards leaving there are minutes available. If his stock blows up, this might be the perfect way to jump ship.

    Gilbert is likely to leave, because not only is there a logjam of 6’6 wings, I’m sure he can get a better offer.

    I think Royal has been hampered by his hand injury, and for next year (assuming he stays), I think he could be a nice contributor.

    Hewitt’s failures are unprecedented. From the fact he couldn’t get a very talented PG (Quarterman, Wilson, who knows who else). Marquise is good, but it has to be even higher quality for the “system”, to the blown losses, to the over recruiting of power forwards .

    I can’t see Cabrera not stamping anything Brad wants to do for the flagship program that brings in money.

  • gmu95

    Is that TOC in the stands in this picture? I assume it was taken this year as I see Lamar Butler next to Bill Rohland. Didn’t realize he was still coming games.

    • mkaufman1

      Yes that is him. This is probably the home opener when TOC was honored.

      • Chris Hirsch

        That’s cool he was there live for his hire’s most embarrassing defeat.

        • mkaufman1

          Lets see:

          Year 1: FIU in the beginning and 32-4 against VCU
          Year 2: Georgia State at Homecoming, blowing a lead against Drexel at home, and New Mexico in Paradise Jam. Losing to Towson in OT for the first time.
          Year 3: USF and blowing leads in the last minute to SLU and UMass
          Year 4: Cornell (guarentee game), Charleston, Fordham, blowing a lead to Davidson late.

          Shall I go on?

          • GaMoo79

            Yes, embarrassments that in all likelihood would never have happened under Coach L, or any other decent coach. Every team has a hiccup from time to time…but ours are ALL the time.

          • mkaufman1

            Yeah L had some confusing losses (like losing to Randolph Macon and losing to Fairfield), but it didnt ‘happen constantly like with Hewitt

          • GMU-74-EVR

            You forgot the last second losses to UMASS and SLU last year at home. St. Joes. And….and…so many others, so it’s natural that you forgot a “few”. Cause there were so damn many!

            And let us not forget losing that other writer after the Cornell loss. She coulda been a contender!

          • mkaufman1

            Um, not to be snarky but thats definitely what I put for year 3 😀

        • gmu95

          Cornell game?

          • GMU-74-EVR

            68-60. Season opener at home.

    • GMU-74-EVR

      If I was TOC I wouldn’t be showing my face at Patriot Center. What a mess he made of our beloved program.

  • GMU-74-EVR

    I sure hope it’s his last game. I wanted him to be successful but after the Cornell loss I finally had enough. I hope he gets the hook or else me and a bunch of others will not be renewing our season tickets for next season.

    • GaMoo79

      GMU-74-EVR, please don’t take offense, and this comes from one Patriot to another…
      But why do you “up” your own posts?

      • GMU-74-EVR

        Why shouldn’t I?

        • GaMoo79

          Just seems a bit self serving. But never mind.

          • GMU-74-EVR

            Yeah never mind. Take your frustration out on those VCU bums on Saturday. I’ve got enough problems. One of them was paying hundreds of dollars to watch this garbage team & coach.

        • ricandersen

          Because it seems like a Hewitt move.

          • GMU-74-EVR

            Ric you’re a sour apple.

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