SFN Highlighted in Bruin Nation

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed some of the (much appreciated) recent attention that StateFansNation has been receiving from various media sources.

(We forgot to mention how this entry had previously been linked as a “Blog to Read” from the front page of SI On Campus about a six weeks ago.)

As we were surfing the internet the other night we were pleasantly surprised to randomly run across this entry from one of UCLA’s top blogs, BruinNation. They evidently ran across one of our first conversations related to Steve Lavin and took the opportunity to re-enforce their position on the difference between the quality of bloggers and idiots on message boards.

We love it!! And couldn’t agree more. This is why we have a comments policy that is much more targeted and restrictive than message boards.

Below are some excerpts from BruinNation:

For those of you who have been following O, A, and yours truly know one of the reasons we started blogging instead of writing on message boards is the stupidity we often see the message boards get inundated with. Looks like the dichotomy between bloggers and message boards exists within online communities of other school as well.

I indicated below how Lavin and NC State may be talking to each other. Look how some of the posters in the NC State Scout message board responded:

(click the link for more)

In contrast to those posters from Scout.com look how bloggers from StateFanNation (a great NC State blog) responded when they heard the Lavin news:

(1) Fans have a very bad habit of simply taking a coach’s overall record and latching on to it as if it would be transferrable to other jobs. Steve Lavin had one of the five best basketball jobs in AMERICA. His numbers look generally pretty good when you look at them without framing them against the backdrop of his resource base.

But, UCLA is UCLA…with little competition on the west coast; not to mention that Lavin inherited the program not too long after they won a National Championship. You need to analyze coaches in comparison to what they have done with their resource base. Lavin managed to go 10-19 in this sixth season (whatever happened to building a program?).

(2) Lavin has been trying to get back into coaching every year since he was fired by UCLA. Nobody has hired him. There is a reason for that. Even more troubling is the fact that despite Lavin’s experience as a top assistant coach at Purdue during Gene Keady’s best seasons, Purdue chose not to offer their job to Lavin when Keady announced his retirement a couple of years ago.

In the end, NC State needs to pay special attention to its brand management (which is something that Lee Fowler’s acceptance of poor performance and years of arguing with the fanbase indicates he can’t comprehend.) Why would NC State want to hire any coach that couldn’t get the job done to the standards of other schools?

Funny stuff. This tells us a little about the mentality of sports bloggers vs. some of those of lot of the dumbshit posters who often flood those scout and rival boards. After all in UCLA’s case – lot of those morons still think Dorrell is an “up and coming” football coach just because he won 10 games!

Anyways after all that … come on NC State … PLEASE HIRE LAVIN and take him off the ESPN studio set.


When a void exists, a market is created. When the void of intelligent fan-interaction exists, great blogs are created…whether it be on the east coast or west coast.