UPDATE: Tech expected to keep Brian Gregory another year

Brian Gregory is 4-0 against Georgia but 19-51 in the ACC. (AP photo)

Brian Gregory reportedly will return for another season.  (AP photo)

 

Georgia Tech is expected to keep Brian Tech as its basketball coach for at least one more season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Assuming this is true, it’s not a huge surprise. As I’ve written over the past week, Tech owes former coach Paul Hewitt $3.6 million over the next four years from the balance of his $7.2 million buyout in 2011, and would owe Gregory $2.4 million if he is fired.

The Jackets are coming off a 3-15 season in the ACC and Gregory’s four-year record is 55-71 (19-51 in the ACC). But athletic director Mike Bobinski apparently has decided to give him another year. Bobinski has fixed several off-court issues. If he can’t improve the on-court product next year, the school will be in a better financial position to make a change.

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Five thoughts while wondering if unemployment was meant to be as profitable as it will be for Paul Hewitt (see No. 2):

1. WAITING ON BOBINSKI: It’s “Black Monday” for college basketball coaches. But still no word from Georgia Tech on the status of Brian Gregory. I spoke to somebody the other day who knows Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski pretty well. Their view: Bobinski is pretty deliberate and doesn’t rush into any decision. So in that sense I guess it’s not surprising that it has been six days since the Yellow Jackets lost their opening round game in the ACC tournament and Bobinski has yet to announce a decision. I’ve already written about the financial situation that makes firing Gregory problematic. You can read a blog here and a full column here. But there also are forces pulling at Bobinski for a new direction, mostly in the fan base. As of this morning, nobody seemed on high alert for a firing, but if this decision is Bobinski’s alone, that’s not surprising. Gregory still has three years left on his contract. If he’s fired, Tech would owe him a $2.4 million buyout, with decreasing payments over the three years.

2. HEWITT’S W-2’s: Paul Hewitt has been fired by George Mason. The former Georgia Tech coach went 46-25 (24-12 in the Colonial Athletic Association) in his first two seasons but only 20-42 (8-26 in the Atlantic 10 Conference) in his next two. There’s some good insight in this blog on GMUHoops, and you’ll notice some familiar themes here from his Tech job.

His roster management, something he mentioned was a problem at his prior coaching stint at Georgia Tech, was also an issue. He failed to recruit a point guard or for that matter, back court players that could compete at a high level. … Hewitt also wasn’t the most likable guy among the fan base. He often blamed players in post game interviews and had a condescending tone when discussing losses. He was never all that energetic on the sidelines and did little to engage with fans. He asked me to put together a Q & A at Brion’s Grill only to lecture those who went about saying critical things about the program on social media.

But Hewitt will be just fine financially. His $7.2 million buyout of his rollover contract at Georgia Tech was negotiated to be received as annual payments of $900,000 over eight years (through 2019). He had one year left on his George Mason contract at $750,000. So he will be paid $1.65 million next season from his two former employers, regardless if he gets another job or not. Not bad.

3. SPEAKING OF FINANCES: Georgia State coach Ron Hunter received a two-year contract extension (through 2020) last year after the Panthers won the Sun Belt regular season championship. But after a second straight regular season and title and Sunday’s conference tournament title, which comes with an NCAA bid, it’s worth wondering if the school will need to give Hunter another salary bump. The deal currently calls for a salary of $42

4. THE JUMP FROM MID-MAJOR: Anthony Grant is the most recent example of coveted mid-major coaches who sometimes struggle at the next level. In three years at Virginia Commonwealth, Grant went 76-25 (45-9 in the Colonial) and reached two NCAA tournaments. He drew the interest of several programs and jumped to Alabama, where he made the tournament once in six seasons. His cumulative record: 117-85 (54-49 in the SEC).

5. PERFECT BRACKET ODDS: You have one in 9.2 quintillion chance to pick a perfect NCAA bracket. To be exact, the number is 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, which is 2 to the 63rd power. For more on this absurd math, see the video below from Business Insider. But all you really need to know is that the Final Four teams will be Kentucky (Midwest), Baylor (West), Iowa State (South), Virginia (East). Kentucky over Baylor, Virginia over Iowa State, Kentucky over Virginia.

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107 comments
58Supersports
58Supersports

Sad day for GT basketball if that's true....

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

This is all like a married couple who got divorced for the wrong reasons and years later there's regret. 
The Husband (Hewitt) is now unemployed and alone because he was stubborn as a donkey and would not change.

 And the ex-wife (GT) is not any better off.  Shes turned into just another ho who cannot get the same level of men she once had (theres no Morrow, Favors, Jack, Young, Crinnenton on any rosters the past 4 years).   Shes even caught some herpes on her lip and now no decent guy will be caught with her.  

Just like some marriages.... GT and Hewitt would of been better off staying together.  
 

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket Oh we got the call. We just didn't care to answer. Frankly im glad that happened under DRad. Im not sure what Bobinski would try to do.

GTBob
GTBob

@BravesFan79 Ill give you credit. Hewitt just ruined another program and got fired again and you are still pro Hewitt. That is some dedication.

DrTruth
DrTruth

@Birmingham__Jacket  Actually, GT is an academic school....Which is why we suck in football and/or basketball in any given year.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket Im pretty sure you are the only one who thinks so BHAM. Personally, im still not interested in being the only southern team that doesn't play other southern teams. It may end the UGA series though so that would be a bonus.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgNole Well, im not going to abandon reason to convince a UGA fan that I am a good GT fan so call me whatever you want. Ill wear it as a badge of honor like all of the other names I have been called on here. One guy called me a terrorist. That one is still my favorite.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket I still don't understand why a Tech fan would be afraid to play UGA and not FSU, Clemson, Miami, VT, and Notre Dame.  All of those teams except Clemson have either won or played for national championships more recently than UGA.

If UGA is too strong for Tech, then Tech doesn't belong in the ACC.  Perhaps Tech should swap with Georgia Southern.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTBob @DawgNole

You're trying to be a good GT fan???

Better let your fellow GT fans know about that. They'll likely be surprised--given the pride you expressed earlier in being a loser.

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

Hewitt must have gone to the "president food stamps school of management".  Very similar styles. 

Buzzzz
Buzzzz

Many fans like me really like Gregory and would love to see him succeed at Tech; that's what makes it difficult.  Hewitt was so easy to dislike. 

MBob had better replace the assistants if he's not making a HC change.  Bring in Kenny Anderson, he's credible and would probably be able to recruit.  Tech has to stop giving extensions before coaches prove they deserve them.

 I'll keep my season tickets and keep my fingers crossed.  I hope the hard work of those kids isn't lost in the tantrums the fans feel compelled to throw and that the fan base supports their efforts and time.

It was a business decision and isn't that what Tech teaches you to make?

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

@Buzzzz  Don't u know GT will go to the moon and back 50 times and crash everytime before making the simplest of changes?    I say hire someone within the Atlanta Celtics AAU community as an assistant, AND bring in Kenny Anderson to help with recruiting.  
But GT wont do it, i begged for Hewitts last 4 years to make big changes on the bench, never happened.   Don't expect it to now.   GT would rather us turn into Wake Forrest as a program than spend extra $ bringing in ex-head coaches to be on our bench.  

Jerry916
Jerry916

You're in Atlanta, and writing for the only real paper in the city, and you're relying on ESPN to inform you as to what is happening in ATL???!


UN-BE-LIEVABLE!!!!

GTBob
GTBob

@Jerry916 I do find it a little odd that this story leaked out from ESPN a while ago yet we still don't have anything official from GT or the AJC.

Drexel-Gal
Drexel-Gal

@GTBob @Jerry916 One reason is because the AJC treats Georgia Tech as though it is an out-of-town institution, while giving most of its attention to the university that actually IS out of town.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Good.

That's the verdict from an AD than understands what is important and what is not at Georgia Tech.  Save that $$$ for football!

Go Jackets!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket

You're on the same losing streak I was on last year with my predictions... wrong about Gregory and the priorities of our AD...  and your congratulating UGA fans the night before the Georgia game was down right embarrassing.  Good grief!

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket I haven't lost this one yet. I won't accept that we have to suffer another year of Gregory until GT makes it official. And yes, I predict a UGA win every year over us. Unfortunately im right a lot more than I am wrong.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Birmingham__Jacket @GTBob

At least you've now acknowledged that those predictions were off the mark.

Good luck getting GTBob to ever admit he's an embarrassment to GT with his loser attitude concerning UGA.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgNole Predicting a loss to a team much more talented than ours is a loser attitude? I predicted our basketball team would lose to UVA and Duke this year also. I am such a terrible fan.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket I hate to be the one to tell you this but the football budget probably isn't going to increase because we kept Gregory.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgNole lol. Nope. I'm a loser, terrible fan and I should kill myself as soon as I can. Happy?

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

I see that Paul Hewitt is "pulling a Weiss".

TampGator1
TampGator1

Anthony Grant will not be an unemployed basketball coach for long.

Mulk
Mulk

@GTBob @TampGator1


Easier league and you &uckin know it. People have Fox on a pedestal because he wins more games than he loses in a weak a$$ league. I guess you think he is a better coach than Gregory???

GTBob
GTBob

@TampGator1 He did much better at Alabama than Gregory has done here. Ill give him that.

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

Tell me how Dayton is doing now that CBG is here........NUFF said.

gt1995
gt1995

@Iluvnutella Dayton has been a good program for a while. As far back as the 80s, Dayton has been competitive program. Before Gregory, Oliver Purnell was there. After Gregory, Miller arrived.


The last couple of years, Dayton was fortunate to get a top notch transfer from tOSU, Jordan Sibert, who is that kind of player that can take over a game in crunch time.

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@gt1995 @Iluvnutella  same could be said of Tech before the current and previous coach ruined it.

We had the Poole brothers, we had Carter, we had several others that CBG ran off. Don't believe me, ask the Dayton fans how they like things....and IF they want Gregory back.

Stinger2
Stinger2

DawgNole: Its only Monday. Lighten up on Jeff. Hopefully he will get better in a day or two. Well maybe.

LOL


DawgNole
DawgNole

JS: "Georgia Tech is expected to keep Brian Tech as its basketball coach for at least one more season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman."

_____________________

Brian Tech???

Well, maybe Coach Tech will do a better job than Gregory.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTDude @DawgNole

That's about the unfortunate truth.

Gregory seems like a good man, but it appears he's out of his league as a basketball coach in the ACC.

khd713
khd713

This decision is stark evidence of a badly mismanaged athletic program, and how one bad decision begets another. If you can't fire an underperforming coach because you are still paying off the last underperforming coach, and through it all your revenue is in the tank because the arena is only 50-70 percent filled for each home game, then you have major, major problems.


Here's the thing, though. A little more than a year ago we were having pretty much the same conversation about Paul Johnson. We couldn't "afford" to fire him, and every home game had thousands of empty seats. And then, even after Bobinski decided to keep Johnson it was obvious he was a lame duck and his perceived status would devastate recruiting. Not only that, but the new coach in 2015 surely would want to ditch the triple option and implement a more modern system, which would mean starting over from scratch. So, with all that hanging over his head, PJ went out and proved everybody (well, most of us) wrong.


So, it can be done. Gregory just needs to find a quarterback (i.e., a point guard) like Justin Thomas. Thomas saved PJ's hide. Who can save Gregory's?

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@khd713  proved me wrong, I cdnt stand the guy. If your arrogant and win, people love you. (Saban, Spurrier). The same cant be said if you keep losing to the same teams over and over (Miami,VT, UGAGG, Clumpson) and wont admit you are failing.

GTBob
GTBob

@khd713 The situation with Paul Johnson was never nearly as bad as it is with Gregory. When CPJ was at his worst we were still competing for coastal titles and playing in the postseason. With Gregory we are one of the worst teams in the ACC pretty much every year with little hope of even making the NIT. I'm not sure what recruits you see coming in that will turn that around.

gt1995
gt1995

@GTBob @khd713 You're correct GTBob... The situation with CPJ and CBG are nowhere close to the same.


You would need to compare CBG to Coach O'Leary to have any semblance of a comparison. Taking over Bill Lewis was almost as bad as taking over for Coach Hewitt. At least O'Leary was an assistant so he understood the mess he was getting.


Think back to those dark years of GT Football. 1994 sucked. 1995 was OK. 1996 sucked. 1997 sucked until the end of the year. It wasn't until 1998 that things got cooking again. However, the ACC was nowhere near the calibre of football conference back then as it is a basketball conference now. Also... We know that O'Leary was great at "bending" and even "cracking" the rules, as we saw with the probation handed down.


GTBob
GTBob

@gt1995 O'Leary won 10 games and finished in the top 10 in his 4th year. Gregory had one of the worst seasons in the history of the program in his 4th year. That is a pretty significant difference.

As bad as Hewitt was, his final season when he was fired was better than this season which was Gregory's fourth year on the job. It doesn't take that long to turn a basketball program around and we certainly shouldn't be seeing worse results than the final Hewitt days.

gt1995
gt1995

@GTBob @gt1995 O'Leary was a cheater and had a far easier competition on the field than Gregory had on the court.


And for you to say the last year of Hewitt was better than what we have now, basically shows that you have lost all perspective on the situation. Under Hewitt the APR was deplorable. He appeared completely disengaged. Not to mention his teams quit.


Wins and losses, or what you call results, matter, but they do not tell the whole story. Coach Hewitt is a perfect example of this. His first seven seasons showed "success": 1 NIT appearance, 4 NCAA tournament bid and a Final Four. That however was not built on a lasting foundation as we have now seen.


A true program takes years to build and when done properly, they stand the test of time.

GTBob
GTBob

@gt1995 The whole easier competition thing would fly if Gregory was actually beating the other bad teams in the ACC. He isn't. He isn't beating anyone.

Hewitt's final season was bad but it also included a 20 point victory over UNC, a destruction of Wake Forest twice, and a 13 point victory over a Richmond team that went to the Sweet 16 that year. What exactly was the high point of this season for Gregory? Wins over UGA and Miami? This season was a trainwreck. Maybe Gregory's kids are playing harder than Hewitts. It doesn't matter much if they win less. 

DrTruth
DrTruth

@khd713 Well, once Paul Johnson cleared the fart out of his brain and stopped trying to use a drop-back passer to run his TO offense, the team kind of took care of the rest.


The problem with Gregory is he needs GUARDS.  The team was 349 out of 351 Div 1 teams in 3 pt % and no guard averaged more than 6.9 pts/gm for the season.  It's IMPOSSIBLE to compete in the ACC with performances like that.


So how many guards is Gregory recruiting for next season....ZERO.  That's the problem with Gregory.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@GTBob @khd713 You mean competing for coastal titles like in 2012 when Tech won the Coastal with a 6-6 regular season, 5-3 in the ACC?  Just because the division has sucked doesn't mean Tech was great.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgnIT I didn't say Tech was great. We were relatively average in those years. I really wish our basketball team was somewhere close to average.