George Mason didn't waste too much time finding a successor for Jim Larranaga and tabbed former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt. Larranaga left George Mason to coach Miami.
Hewitt was fired last month by Georiga Tech. Hewitt, who went 190-162 in 11 years coaching the Yellow Jackets, was a hot commodity for a while after leading the school to the national title game in 2004 where it fell to Connecticut. Unfortunately Hewitt's success in conference wasn't up to par as the Yellow Jackets posted a 72-104 mark in ACC play.
Is it a good move for George Mason? On paper it's a great move. Hewitt is a name coach with success at a BCS school. He knows the region and should be able to recruit well. Hewitt isn't new to the non-BCS world. He coached Siena for six years.
More importantly, George Mason returns most of its key players from a team that earned an NCAA Tournament bid. Ryan Pearson (14.2 ppg, 6.7 reb), Luke Hancock (10.9, 4.2) and Andre Cornelius (9.5, 2.3) all return to a deep Patriots lineup.
It's also worth noting that Hewitt was in line for the St. John's job last year, but turned it down stay at Georgia Tech.
The list below contains all NCAA coaching moves with successors in parenthesis.
Alabama A&M – Vann Pettaway
Alcorn State – Larry Smith (Luther Riley)
Arkansas – John Pelphrey (Mike Anderson)
Bradley – Jim Les (Geno Ford)
Cal State Bakersfield – Keith Brown (Rod Barnes)
Colgate – Emmett Davis
Dayton – Brian Gregory (Archie Miller)
Eastern Michigan – Charles Ramsey (Rob Murphy)
Eastern Washington – Kirk Earlywine (Jim Hayford)
Fairfield – Ed Cooley (Sydney Johnson)
Florida A&M – Eugene Harris
Florida Golf Coast – Dave Balza (Andy Enfield)
Fresno State – Steve Cleveland (Rodney Terry)
George Mason - Jim Larranaga (Paul Hewitt)
George Washington - Karl Hobbs
Georgia State – Rod Barnes (Ron Hunter)
Georgia Tech – Paul Hewitt (Brian Gregory)
Kennesaw State – Tony Ingle (Lewis Preston)
Lamar – Steve Roccaforte (Pat Knight)
Louisiana Tech – Kerry Rupp (Michael White)
Loyola (Chicago) – Jim Whitesell (Porter Moser)
Manhattan – Barry Rohrssen (Steve Masiello)
Miami - Frank Haith (Jim Larranaga)
Monmouth – Dave Calloway (King Rice)
North Carolina State – Sidney Lowe (Mark Gottfried)
North Illinois – Ricardo Patton (Mark Montgomery)
Oklahoma – Jeff Capel (Lon Kruger)
Pepperdine – Tom Asbury (Marty Wilson)
Providence – Keno Davis (Ed Cooley)
Tennessee – Bruce Pearl (Cuonzo Martin)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Perry Clark (Willis Wilson)
Texas Tech – Pat Knight (Billy Gillispie)
Towson – Pat Kennedy (Pat Skerry)
UC Davis – Gary Stewart
UNLV – Lon Kruger (Dave Rice)
Utah – Jim Boylen (Larry Krystowiak)
Wyoming – Heath Schroyer (Larry Shyatt)