Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:49 am
Edited on: March 28, 2011 8:11 am
Dayton's Brian Gregory has reached an agreement in principle to become the next men's basketball coach at Georgia Tech, a source told CBSSports.com on Monday.
An official announcement is expected soon.
A source said Gregory informed his players at a meeting early Monday.
Gregory spent eight seasons at Dayton and took the Flyers to two NCAA tournaments. The former Michigan State assistant is replacing Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech. The ACC school fired Hewitt earlier this month after five NCAA tournaments in 11 seasons.
Posted on: March 27, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 3:44 pm
Richmond's Chris Mooney is interviewing at Georgia Tech on Sunday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Mooney completed his sixth season at Richmond with a Friday loss to Kansas in the Sweet 16.
He appears to be the primary candidate to replace Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech.
Mooney is 112-87 in six seasons at Richmond. The Princeton graduate has made the NCAA tournament each of the past two years. He's won at least 20 games each of the past three seasons thanks to a 29-8 record this season.
Posted on: March 12, 2011 10:34 am
Georgia Tech has fired Paul Hewitt as its basketball coach, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com early Saturday.
An official announcement is expected soon.
Hewitt led Georgia Tech to the NCAA tournament title game in 2004 but hasn't had a winning ACC record in the seven subsequent seasons. He made the NCAA tournament in just two of his final six seasons. Hewitt's $7 million buyout has long been considered a hurdle to his termination. But Georgia Tech officials decided to move in another direction and informed Hewitt of the decision Saturday morning.
Hewitt coached 11 seasons at Georgia Tech.
He was a serious candidate for the St. John's job last year.
Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:35 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 9:36 am
The most intriguing debate heading into Thursday's NBA Draft is the debate about DeMarcus Cousins.
Will he be the Rookie of the Year?
Will he be a headache?
Truth is, it won't surprise me if Cousins turns out to be both. The guy is an awesome talent and uneven personality whose reputation is well earned. My guess is that he'll put 18 points and 17 rebounds on somebody in the first month of his NBA career and cause general managers who passed on him to cry, then two months later be caught on camera arguing with an assistant coach, at which point those same general managers will be thankful they passed.
And that's probably how Cousins' career will go.
Lots of nice moments surrounded by lots of shake-your-head moments.
So the question the Nets (picking third) and Timberwolves (picking fourth) must ask themselves is whether they'd rather have Cousins and his issues, or Derrick Favors, Wes Johnson or Greg Monroe, because it's not close in terms of talent. On talent alone, Cousins should probably be the second pick (behind only Kentucky teammate John Wall) and perhaps the No. 1 overall pick. As much as I've criticized Cousins' demeanor, I've never questioned his ability. He's big and strong and skilled, and he was the most dominant force in college basketball last season. I love his potential, but I'm scared he'll never be able to get out of his own way. That's the dilemma. That's always been the dilemma.
And yet I still wonder how much it should matter.
I still really do wonder if we care too much about character.
I mean, I just watched the Lakers win an NBA title with a player who has been accused of rape (Kobe Bryant), a player who ran into the stands to punch a fan (Ron Artest), a player who once demanded a trade from the team that drafted him (Pau Gasol), and a player who married the worst Kardashian just weeks after meeting her (Lamar Odom). Again, those are our world champions. Meantime, the Indianapolis Police Department believes Zach Randolph could be a drug kingpin, and he's an All-Star. Dwyane Wade has gone through some kind of crazy divorce and may or may not be a terrible father, but he's a pretty successful basketball player. Carmelo Anthony once told criminals not to snitch on other criminals, but I'd take him on my team. Tyreke Evans was the driver of a car that carried a murderer away to safety, but he was also the Rookie of the Year.
I could do this forever, but you get the point.
Character matters, sure.
But nothing matters in the NBA more than talent.
You don't win or lose with good people and bad people.
You win or lose with talented players and untalented players.
So I'd take Wall ahead of Cousins and I might -- let me stress might -- take Turner and Favors ahead of him, too. But there's absolutely no way Cousins -- a 6-foot-11, 280-pound forward who averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game as a freshman -- should go any lower than fourth in this draft, absolutely no way Cousins should be selected behind Johnson, Monroe or anybody else not named Wall, Turner or Favors because you don't pass on a potential All-Star unless you're getting a potential All-Star in his place.
There are only four prospects in this draft who project as potential All-Stars.
Posted on: April 9, 2010 10:55 am
Edited on: April 9, 2010 12:55 pm
Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors will formally declare for the NBA Draft on Friday.
This development means six of the top eight prospects in Scout.com's final Class of 2009 rankings are entering the draft after just one season of college basketball. In order, they are No. 1 Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech), No. 2 John Wall (Kentucky), No. 3 DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky), No. 5 Avery Bradley (Texas), No. 6 Xavier Henry (Kansas) and No. 8 Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati). The only top eight prospects who have not declared are No. 4 John Henson (North Carolina) and No. 7 Renardo Sidney (Mississippi State), the latter of whom did not play this past season.
Favors is expected to immediately hire an agent.
He averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds as a freshman.
He's expected to be a among the first five picks in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Posted on: March 25, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2010 2:53 pm
Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt has passed on the opportunity to coach St. John's.
A source told CBSSports.com that Hewitt informed school officials Thursday after basically concluding that the job he has now (Georgia Tech) is better than the job he could've had in the next few seasons (St. John's). Beyond that, Hewitt's buyout at Georgia Tech is roughly $7 million, meaning the worst case scenario has him walking with a huge check if Georgia Tech decides to fire him in the coming years.
St. John's will now turn its attention to secondary candidates, perhaps Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg. Cornell's Steve Donahue is another possible candidate, although he has said many times he won't discuss anything with anybody until the Big Red's season is complete. They play Kentucky late Thursday in the Sweet 16.
St. John's is looking for a coach to replace Norm Roberts.
He was fired last week after six seasons.
Posted on: March 23, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2010 2:39 pm
St. John's officials have received permission to speak about the school's coaching vacancy with Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt, a New York native who might be willing to move back home after 10 seasons in Atlanta.
Hewitt has made five NCAA tournaments -- including the 2004 national title game -- but endured criticism in recent years because of a lack of postseason success. A source told CBSSports.com that no meeting is yet scheduled and that the parties will not meet Tuesday. Wednesday is more likely, according to the source.
St. John's fired Norm Roberts last week.
Hewitt led Georgia Tech to a 23-13 record this season.
The Yellow Jackets lost to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Posted on: January 25, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2010 4:51 pm
Keep ranking Louisiana Tech, keeping getting Poll Attacked.
Fine with me.
My will is strong.
Let's do this!
AP poll: Remember last week when Nick Jezierny of The Idaho Statesmen ranked Louisiana Tech 20th and got Poll Attacked because Louisiana Tech, at the time, had a 17-2 record featuring no wins over teams good enough to earn at-large bids to the NCAA tournament and lopsided losses to New Mexico (lost by 29 points) and Arizona (lost by 16 points)? Of course, you remember. But what you might not know is that Louisiana Tech responded with an 87-76 loss to a San Jose State team that was 9-8. After that, the Bulldogs edged Hawaii 65-60. So now Louisiana Tech is 18-3 with no wins over teams good enough to earn at-large bids to the NCAA tournament and lopsNCAA tournament teams and three embarrassing losses, and would you believe Nick ranked the Bulldogs again?
Swear to God, he ranked them again.
Nick was (and for good reason) the only AP voter ranking Louisiana Tech before the loss to San Jose State. That should've told him something, and I don't think he's stupid. So I'm chalking up Nick's continued support of f Louisiana Tech as an act of defiance, and I don't respond well to acts of defiance.
Drives me crazy.
To put how silly this is into perspective, let me tell you what Nick did with Baylor. Last week, he had Louisiana Tech and Baylor both ranked. Then Louisiana Tech lost by double-digits to San Jose State and beat Hawaii by five points while Baylor nearly upset Kansas at Kansas and smashed UMass 71-45. So. naturally, Nick kept Louisiana Tech ranked and dropped Baylor off his ballot -- presumably because watching Baylor push Kansas and smash UMass proved the Bears were no longer worthy of being ranked on his ballot while Louisiana Tech's loss at San Jose State and win over Hawaii showed Nick ... honestly ... I have no idea.
Just so we're clear, there's nothing wrong with not ranking Baylor; I don't have the Bears ranked, either. But if I had them ranked last week, I sure as hell would have them ranked this week. And I don't care what week it is, I'd absolutely have them ranked above Louisiana Tech.
Coaches poll: Florida State is 15-4 with two wins over Georgia Tech while Georgia Tech is 14-5 with two losses to Florida State. So you'd think most would take that information and conclude that Florida State needs to be ahead of Georgia Tech, right? Well, not the coaches who vote in the Coaches poll, because they have Georgia Tech 22nd and Florida State unranked.
And Louisiana Tech got three points in the Coaches poll.
So, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go run my head into a wall.