George Mason Parts Ways with Coach Paul Hewitt

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Updated: March 16, 2015
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A lack of NCAA Tournament berths, could lead to the firing of the head coach. In college basketball you can’t trade away players or waive them, as you can in the pros, but you can get rid of the coach.

George Mason has done just that, by parting ways with Paul Hewitt after four seasons.

The former Georgia Tech head coach struggled in his tenure with the Patriots, as he wasn’t able to lead them to any NCAA tournaments and won just eight conference games in two seasons.

Transitioning to the Atlantic-10 didn’t benefit Hewitt or the Patriots. They were 9-20 this season, after finishing just 11-20 in 2013-14. It’s the first time they’ve had back-to-back seasons with 20 or more losses since the early 1990’s. They lost their opening game of the A-10 tournmanet by falling to Fordham 71-65.

After making it to the Final Four in 2006 with Jim Larranaga running the show, the expectation for George Mason to become a winning program increased. With Larranaga leaving to coach the University of Miami in 2011, the Patriots thought they were doing themselves justice by bringing in a former ACC coach. But Hewitt didn’t get the job done.

He had a record of just 66-67 in his four years with the team, and will now seek work elsewhere.

 

 

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Josiah Turner

Josiah Turner

Josiah is the founder and editor-in-chief at Sideline Sports Report. He is a writer for ESPN, and has written for Rant Sports and FanSided covering the Washington Redskins. He's also covered high school basketball for Virginia Preps (Rivals.com). Josiah is from Chesapeake, VA and a college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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