NCSU AD Debbie Yow today was interviewed on 99.9 ESPN Radio by Adam Gold and Joe Ovies. Several topics were discussed, most notably the men’s basketball program and the head coach, Sidney Lowe. She reiterated that she would review Coach Lowe’s job status at the conclusion of the basketball season. You can hear the entire interview here.
In regards to the job status of Coach Lowe, she said the following:
“We’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing,” Yow said. “[We're] supporting Sidney [Lowe], his staff and our team in every way possible. That’s our focus.”
This is the right thing to say and this is what she does for every coach, every year. No special treatment needed being the coach of a revenue sport.
What I found very interesting was her response to the question of her greatest area of concern is. I completely agree with her answer.
However, Yow’s greatest concern is elevating the entire athletic program. From soccer to football, the goal is to win championships, she said. Considering the university only has four national championships of any kind in the last 100 years, it’s a from-the-ground up task.
“We’re not a factor. We finished No. 87 in the country,” said Yow, referring to the Director’s Cup standings. “You have to have a plan, and we have a plan. It starts with the people. People, resources and opportunity.”
People always look for the most part at the two revenue sports but I am extremely happy she is looking at the big picture. She has a plan to improve the ENTIRE athletic department. The athletic department is in good hands.