For some reason, this week has seen a number of writers lining up to kick sand on State fans. For reasons that I can’t fathom, PackPride decided to feature Gary Parrish’s diatribe that basically boils down to: State fans need to learn their place. I thought about dissecting that article to show that is nothing more than pile of trash, but our message boards have already done that.
So today, Ken Tysiac decided to add his two cents…which are over priced even if they were free:
I have no idea who N.C. State would or could get to replace Sidney Lowe. I don’t think Sean Miller is coming after the way N.C. State’s fans treated Herb Sendek. I do think the N.C. State job is a difficult one. There is tremendous pressure from the fans to succeed because N.C. State has two NCAA titles. But the reality is, UNC and Duke really have it going right now, and the RBC Center stinks as a homecourt basketball facility (it’s great for hockey, thought). As for Nate McMillan, after the Sidney Lowe experiment, I think you’re going to see N.C. State get somebody who’s not an NBA coach right now. Tubby Smith is a guy I would go after.
Many kudos to FuquayWolf for taking this particular piece of tripe and knocking it out of the park:
There’s Tysiac, buying into the media portrayal of State again. Yeah, UNC-CH sure has it going – going so well they had the same ACC record as us last year. Sure, when Roy gets the right mix of players on the team, he wins BIG. But when he gets it wrong, well, they tend to struggle. Even UNC-CH’s spoiled fans are griping about Roy. So they can be had. I’ll give him Duke though – K has really got it going there right now, and his recruiting is going great. But that doesn’t mean they still can’t be beat from time to time.
And when did the RBC Center become a bad homecourt basketball facility??? Was Tysiac there when we beat UNC-CH in 2007? Or how about Duke last year? The only thing holding back the RBC Center from being a great homecourt advantage is the team that plays on the court. Again, that’s Tysiac picking up on the yearly “I wish we still played in Reynolds” thread on PP.
On Sean Miller, I’ll just point out that Miller left Sendek’s program to go be an assistant for Matta at Xavier. Yep, Miller left an ACC job for an A-10 job working for another one of Sendek’s assistants. His relationship with Sendek might be consideration, but I think it’s much more accurate to say that being the HC at one of the top programs in a weak conference and in the NCAA over the last 20-30 years is the reason why Miller likely won’t come to State. Basically, State is a lateral move at best.
But I’m sure glad to see that the N&O/Clt Obs State beat writer sure thinks highly of the school he’s covering. I expect comments like this from an uninformed national media who fails to investigate what the real situation is in West Raleigh. But I expect much better from the local media. Shame on you Tysiac. Instead of parroting the national perception, why don’t you write an article that explains the true feelings of the fanbase. You know, be a reporter and report how State fans actually feel, which I contend is different from how the national media portrays us. Ask Joe Ovies for some tips…