This sort of thing drives me crazy: unsubstantiated speculation that is 100% paradoxical to reality. From a (supposed) ‘professional journalist’:
Three ACC coaches — Maryland’s Gary Williams, N.C. State’s Sidney Lowe and Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton — are feeling a little heat to win. My guess is at least one of them is history after the season. But which one?
You have to wonder where this is coming from…other than the mouth-breathing fulminations of fringe message board posters, that is. I’ve not heard a single credible source say anything that might even lead me to believe that NC State head coach Sidney Lowe is feeling any heat this season. Not a single one.
On top of that, Goodman, ostensibly a knowledgeable college sports scribe seems to ignore exactly who NC State’s AD is, and what his philosophy about coaching changes is. As it is said about incumbents in Congress, the only way to lose your job if you work for Lee Fowler is to be caught with a dead body or a young boy.
In short, I feel pretty safe in saying Lowe’s job is as safe as Tom O’Brien’s, which is to say that it is a 99.9999999999% lock that both will helm their teams in 2009 and beyond.
Allow me to remind you where Jeff Goodman stands on his opinions of NC State:
“Whether it’s Sidney Lowe, Rick Barnes or John Calipari, it doesn’t really matter. There’s no way N.C. State will be able to topple the powers-that-be on Tobacco Road.” — Jeff Goodman, MSNBC
I don’t know how it escapes so many people’s radar and conversations…but, Jeff Goodman was listed as an author a PackPride.com in the early years of the site. Sometimes he will blog some insightful information that you don’t get from some other national coverage – like last year’s preseason blog entry about Farnold Degand.
But, far too often Goodman goes the confrontational direction with WolfpackNation. It perplexes me how often he seeks to criticize NC State’s fans and try to drum up controversy in columns that he authors even in non-controversial times – like these absurd comments about Coach Lowe approaching a ‘hot seat’ in just his third season and with fantastic recruiting momentum building for the foreseable future.
I know that part of the source of this is his huge love and respect for Herb Sendek, but it doesn’t make the unprofessional behavior justifiable. How was this guy ever an author for an NC State website when he continuously proves that so many of his views about NC State are so grossly disconnected from reality?