Coach reaffirms commitment to Georgia Tech

Talk about tournament distractions.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, whose name has been linked to the St. John's job since Mike Jarvis was fired, denied Tuesday that he had been offered the job.

The coach is preparing the Yellow Jackets to play upstart Nevada on Friday in St. Louis.

He declined to comment to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution when asked whether he had talked to anyone from the school.

"I have not been offered any job," he told the paper.

Hewitt told ESPN.com earlier this season that he didn't want to leave Atlanta and Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have extended his contract after every season.

Part of his loyalty to the school, which he reaffirmed Tuesday, is to athletic director Dave Braine, which he restated.

"I'm not interested in going anywhere except Georgia Tech, as long as Dave Braine is here," Hewitt told the paper.

Hewitt, a Long Island native, was a runner-up to Jarvis six years ago when the Red Storm hired Jarvis away from George Washington to replace Fran Fraschilla.

The Georgia Tech coach maintains a strong relationship with former St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca and former St. John's assistant Ron Rutledge.