It is finally over. Steven Goff of the Washington Post was first to report the news today. George Mason has fired Paul Hewitt after four seasons and a 66-67 overall record in Fairfax. His conference record over the last two seasons in the Atlantic 10 was 8-26 and made for a disastrous transition into a new conference for the program. His failure at Mason went well beyond just the wins and losses, his teams often looked sloppy, unprepared, and in complete disarray in games. Turnovers and poor defense were issues every single season and no improvement was ever really shown. In four years none of his teams ever came close to competing for an NCAA tournament bid.
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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.
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George Mason posted their six loss in seven games yesterday after falling to Rhode Island 71-56. The Washington Post recap brings to attention again that these could Paul Hewitt’s last couple of games at the Patriot Center. The program is dangerously close to posting back to back 20-loss seasons for the first time since the early 90s. An embarrassing statistic considering they just moved up to the Atlantic 10. The article even brings up the $85K bonus that Hewitt is days away from receiving:
“Those close to the program, who requested anonymity because they are not permitted to speak on the matter, do not believe Edwards would dismiss Hewitt for the sake of saving $85,000. A decision, they said, would probably come after the season.”
Neither Brad Edwards nor Dr. Angel Cabrera will comment beyond anything saying that they will evaluate the position at the end of the season. However it seems pretty clear to everyone change is needed. Yesterday we saw a team that again looked unprepared and sloppy.
Also a more laid back, longer video of Paul Hewitt talking to a group of reporters here:
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Atlantic 10 men’s basketball reporter and founder of College Chalktalk, Chris DiSano recently had an interview with Paul Hewitt on the upcoming season. It’s a good interview addressing some of the concerns fans might be having about competing in the conference next year.
“We’ve upgraded passing, defensive ability and overall size and length… we just can’t turn that ball over the way we did.”
Yes, the endless late game turnovers need to stop if this team wants to have any success in the Atlantic 10 next season. I do believe on a pure talent basis they have upgrade their defensive abilities but a lot of those guys haven’t played a minute of Division I basketball yet.
Hewitt also describes each newcomer that we will see on the court next season: Continue Reading →
John Feinstein was on the 106.7 The Fan this morning talking with the Sports Junkies about local college basketball. Here is his response when asked if Paul Hewitt is in trouble at George Mason:
Paul Hewitt was on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show this morning talking about the one and done rules regarding the NCAA and NBA. The well-spoken Hewitt gives a strong argument addressing some of the comments Jeff Van Gundy made. His conversation starts at about the 5 min mark:
For some reason Paul Hewitt was recently in an TV ad spot for Northwestern Mutual talking about the importance of “doing all the little things” in coaching basketball. Little things like how to put your socks on correctly!