After Georgia Tech's surprising win last Saturday over the Top-10 ranked Duke Blue Devils, some thought maybe the Jackets were ready to turn the corner. Alas, they weren't. Georgia Tech lost Wednesday night to a scrappy, but undermanned Virginia team, 82-75, and now the Jackets are in serious trouble.
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With a road game at North Carolina on Saturday, the Jackets could be staring at a 1-3 start in the ACC. The Tar Heels will have their own motivation. They are coming off a 19-point loss at Clemson. Does anybody really think Roy Williams won't have his team ready?
Paul Hewitt has lost 45 ACC games in the last four years, including the two losses so far this year. In spite of recruiting top-five high school player Derrick Favors, having Gani Lawal return for his junior season, and getting De'Andre Bell back from injury, the Jackets don't look like a NCAA team. There's talent, but recent losses to Georgia and Virginia make one wonder if Georgia Tech is headed toward another disappointing season.
Times are tough for Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt, and Yellow Jacket fans are losing patience.
Here is a sampling from the Georgia Tech blog From the Rumble Seat. In the article, Georgia Tech readers are asked, "Do you approve of the job Paul Hewitt is doing?"
Here are the results so far: 112 no and 13 yes. That's not a lot of support for Mr. Hewitt.
If you look at this poll from the Georgia Tech Raycom Sports Blog I created, I ask, "If Paul Hewitt doesn't get Georgia Tech to the NCAAs this year, should he be fired?" Twenty-six voted yes, and no one voted no.
Lastly, a recent Web site has popped up, FirePaulHewitt.wordpress.com.
A couple of years ago, a small contingent of Georgia Tech fans had become disillusioned with Hewitt. At the time, Hewitt still had many supporters. He became known as "Teflon" Paul, impervious to criticism as he rode the wave of the 2003-2004 Final Four season. This is no more.
The dissatisfaction of the Georgia Tech fanbase is growing, and if the Jackets don't turn it around before the end of the season, then AD Dan Radakovich may be forced to make a move with Hewitt.