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Paul Hewitt will stay at Georgia Tech

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By Joey Donia - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt has removed his name from the list of candidates for the head coaching job at St. John's.

Hewitt says he will remain with the Yellow Jackets after 10 years in charge of the program. Hewitt is originally from the New York area and on Tuesday he met with St. John's officials in Atlanta.

"My family and I have developed deep ties to Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta," said Hewitt in a statement released by the Institute.

 "I strongly believe in what Georgia Tech can do for young people, and I am committed to returning the Tech basketball program to the level of success our fans have come to expect. We took a step in that direction this past season, and I fully intend to continue on that path."

Hewitt has a record of 177-144 at Georgia Tech and has led Tech to six post-season berths, including a national runner up finish in 2004.

The Yellow Jackets advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament this season and earned a berth in the NCAA Championship for the fifth time under Hewitt. Tech defeated Oklahoma State in the first round before being eliminated by Ohio State.

Hewitt has a six-year contract at about $1.3 million a year.

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