RALEIGH – It began, Lee Fowler said, with a cell-phone call from Chuck Neinas a week ago today and then quickly escalated.Fowler, N.C. State’s athletics director, was looking to hire a football coach and was in Nashville, Tenn., interviewing Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow. Nienas, paid $35,000 to be NCSU’s headhunter, had some news he believed Fowler needed to hear.
Boston College’s Tom O’Brien was interested.
“It was done professionally and it was done quietly,” said Wendell Murphy, chairman of the NCSU board of trustees. “The consultant did the work, Lee kept it quiet and no one was tracking my airplane on the Internet,” Murphy quipped