Jackets coach has sharp words for critics

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ATLANTA --- Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt on Tuesday lashed out at suggestions his rollover contract is the only reason he still has his job.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said it is "really cheap" to suggest that his expensive contract buyout has kept him from being fired. 
  Associated Press
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Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said it is "really cheap" to suggest that his expensive contract buyout has kept him from being fired.


The coach said Tuesday it is "really cheap" to say the expensive buyout of more than $7 million has kept him at Georgia Tech.

Hewitt's Yellow Jackets finished 12-19 overall and 2-14 in the ACC last year and finished a disappointing 7-9 in the conference this season.

"Don't put the contract thing out there like I walked into somebody's office with a gun and a mask," Hewitt said.

Hewitt's six-year contract at about $1.3 million per year has an automatic rollover clause that becomes effective on April 15. He must be told 30 days before that date if the rollover clause will not be renewed. Tuesday was the 30-day mark.

He said he had offers from other schools when he signed the contract in 2004. Hewitt said he resents criticism of the deal.

"I could have made at least a half million more going someplace else but I felt really strong about the philosophy and mission of Georgia Tech and I felt it was really cheap and deceitful, really, to act like I pulled one over on somebody," Hewitt said.

Obama fills out bracket

BRISTOL, Conn. --- President Obama predicts Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova to make the men's basketball Final Four.

Obama filled out a bracket for ESPN for the second year in a row. This time, he's also making picks for the women's tournament, selecting Connecticut, Notre Dame, Stanford and Tennessee.

ESPN will reveal the full brackets today. His interview about the men's tournament will air today during the noon SportsCenter, with the discussion of the women's tourney broadcast Friday during the 9 a.m. show.

-- Associated Press

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12:25 P.M.: Minnesota vs. Xavier

2:35: Missouri vs. Clemson

7:15: Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma State

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