Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt may remain atop the list of candidates for the opening at St. John's, but it was business as usual - at least for Hewitt - on the Atlanta campus Wednesday. He apparently did not tell anyone, including his employers, if he had intentions of pursuing the St. John's job.
Hewitt's reported meeting Tuesday night with St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch was not discussed by Hewitt, a source in the athletic department said. "We don't think anything came of that meeting ," he said.
That came amid some published reports that Hewitt was about to sign with St. John's. Marc Carmony, Hewitt's representative, did not return phone calls. St. John's had no comment on its coaching search but if Hewitt drops out, Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg could be the next target.
Hewitt left it up to the athletic department to handle a bevy of media inquiries regarding his job status. The source expects Hewitt to eventually address the issue. "I'm 99 percent sure that he would make some declaration to that point,'' he said. "I think we've reached a point now where he's got to do that. I suppose when he's ready to publicly discuss staying here or going he'll come forward and do that."
Hewitt's contract, which paid him $1.275 million this season, has a $3.5 million buyout should Hewitt leave for another college job. Georgia Tech had indicated it would negotiate that amount if Hewitt asked to leave.
A person close to Hewitt said Tuesday that though the coach would talk with St. John's, it was likely that he would remain at Georgia Tech because of family reasons. Hewitt was not available but his wife, Dawnette, said, "No news is good news,'' when asked about developments with St. John's.