Technician Weighs in on Sendek

In a surprising development, NC State’s student newspaper ran this article today. As a student at NC State from 1991-1995, I remember the dogged level of irrational support the Technician’s sports page gave to a clearly overmatched Les Robinson. With that context, Ryan Reynolds’ article certainly adds another log to an already raging fire of Sendek criticism in the press. The article closes very well:

“Nine seasons have yielded no regular-season ACC titles, no ACC Tournament titles, three NCAA Tournament bids and no Sweet 16s. That isn’t really impressive for a coach at a school known for its basketball history.

But for State Athletics Director Lee Fowler, those three (if a miracle happens, maybe four) NCAA Tournament bids are good enough for him. If that was the case for athletic directors throughout the ACC then Dave Odom would have gotten a lifetime contract for taking Wake Forest to the Elite 8 in 1996, and Matt Doherty would still be coaching at North Carolina, because he took the Heels to the second round of the NCAA Tournament his first season.

But both coaches are gone now. Under fire, Odom left Wake Forest for South Carolina, and everyone knows how the guillotine was brought down on Doherty.

Wake Forest and North Carolina currently have top-10 programs and will both get, at worst, No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Think those athletics directors are second-guessing themselves now? I seriously doubt it.

And then there’s the Pack – that other team from North Carolina that has played above expectations for one season in the last decade.

The gap between State and the other three Tobacco Road schools keeps increasing.

Something has to change.”

There’s really no logical way to refute any of that. It is increasingly clear that the Sendek era at NC State is in its death throes, and it is only a matter of how much collateral damage is done before Sendek moves on.

For those of you who are ready to take action, is hosting this petition supporting Sendek’s removal. You can fax or mail in your petition, which will be collected and delivered to Chancellor Oblinger.

On a personal note, my wife has pledged to watch games with me again once Sendek is gone. She considers my current viewing of inevitably mediocre Sendek performances to be masochistic at best. It’s hard to argue with her – at least on that particular point.

About BJD95

1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

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7 Responses to Technician Weighs in on Sendek

  1. william 02/24/2005 at 12:28 PM #

    As a Tar Heel fan, for what it is worth, I believe Herb Sendek deserves some more years to continue his progress. Since we are a permanent partner of Duke and State, we have an interest in the well-being of State and would hate to see a detrimental firing.

  2. EQSlick 02/24/2005 at 12:49 PM #

    Be careful in the understanding of “Something has to change”. I am convinced that it is Lee Fowler’s goal to redefine what success means at NC State such that Herb’s results are ‘above expectations’. He has become another version of Todd Turner in his ability to institute a mediocracy.

  3. Bullish 02/24/2005 at 2:37 PM #

    Great another Tarheel fan suporting Herb. What next Carolina Blue T Shirts with “we support Herb” in the RBC?…LOL

    When the Technician comes out with this type of article I think the end may be near. I only hope that Fowler can be the leader we need to make the right decisions concerning our future and possible future leader on the hardwood.

  4. Wolfpacklawyer 02/24/2005 at 3:33 PM #

    I know that a majority of Wolfpack fans are in agreement that State needs a new basketball coach. The only concern with that stance, is who do we hire? I remember when Robinson was finally put out of his misery, the internet was filled with speculation as to who our new coach would be. Everyone was dreaming big, including me. Thinking that we could get a coach who was already a proven winner at the major college level. That didn’t happen. The only shocker should have been that we believed that it would happen. State has NEVER hired a coach who was already a proven winner at a major program or conference in basketball or football either. Valvano is the closest we’ve ever come, but if you looked at his record and competition level it could have been that he simple hitched his horse to Jeff Ruland for a few years. That wasn’t the case and we landed an excellent recruiter and motivater in Valvano, but he was not a sure thing when he was hired. Three of our hires in basketball worked out really well, but that doesn’t mean that we are guaranteed to get a better coach by firing Sendek. The trade of Monte Kiffin for Tom Reed is proof of that. The flip side of that of course is that we are guaranteed to have Sendek if we don’t fire him. lol So given our history of hiring in both football and basketball, who do you see us hiring? Bob Lutz? Who? We are not where we should be. This year especially, but we are not at the level we were under Robinson either and that’s a place I certainly don’t want to go again. It’s been 25 years since we hired a basketball coach who turned out to be really good. Who are some folks who you realistically think we would hire this time? I’m just wondering.

  5. Bigslowrock 02/24/2005 at 4:19 PM #

    Do we know who is running that petition? It’s not some Herbie just receiving them and then throwing them away is it.

  6. BJD95 02/24/2005 at 5:41 PM #

    On who we can get – Rick Barnes would come (IMHO) if we ponied up the cash. But really, at this point, we MUST have a change. The atmosphere now is just poison, and it won’t get any better with Sendek here. The next guy MIGHT be mediocre or worse, but if he is, we’ll just fire him too. You don’t get any better without trying, and I think it’s easily worth the risk. Hell, it would be worth it just to feel EXCITED again. FWIW, lawyer, my entire tenure at State was under the dark days of Les – I don’t want to go back there again, either. But a change has to happen if we are ever to achieve real success. I would like my kids to have the CHANCE to someday experience something as special as I did when I was 9 years old (watched every game of the 1983 ACC and NCAA tourneys except for Pepperdine, for which my parents forced me to go to bed, but woke me up with their screaming in time to see the OT).

    Second, I don’t know the guy running this petition personally, but I am confident he’s legit and will actually follow through on turning them in. Certainly, it’s no substitute for sending your own personalized letter to Purcell, your WC rep, etc., but it can be a part of what you do to maximize the chances of a coaching change. If you agree that a coaching change is in order, I see no reason not to send it in. Worst case, you waste 5 minutes of your time and 37 cents if you mail it in.

  7. Bigslowrock 02/24/2005 at 9:58 PM #

    BJD95- Cool. I put up the info at the tailgater site. It’s not as high traffic as the others, but every little bit helps.

    Looks like the faxes are starting to roll in already. The 50 of the lunatic fringe are already accounted for it seems.

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