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Good morning, sleepy head!!!
Did you sleep well? Heck, did you sleep at all? Regardless of if you tossed and turned all night, you have awoken to a New World Order!!! Sounds kind of ominous, doesn’t it? No matter, it is true —
You now live in an environment and under a set of circumstances that have LITERALLY NEVER existed as they do today — April 5, 2005.
For many, this N.W.O. is nothing that you haven’t felt inside or intuitively known since…oh….about 1995 or so. But, having ‘felt’ it for a decade still may not compensate or serve to ease many Wolfpackers pain this morning. You went to bed last night without letting all of the ramifications of your arch-rival’s newly minted National Championship sink into your system, and you have woken this morning to a landscape that has never existed in the history of NC State’s Basketball program. (Don’t let Lee Fowler tell you that he and Herb Sendek aren’t setting records at NC State!!!!) —
As of THIS MORNING, NC State is further behind UNC-CH in National Basketball Titles (and ACC Titles) than we have been at any point in the entire history of college basketball. Additionally, there has never been a day on this earth where BOTH Carolina and Duke held this lead in ACC and National Championships over NC State.
Think about that for a moment…especially you jackasses that constantly degrade our tradition because you can’t grasp its magnitude…and you Fowlerites and Kennellites who openly proclaim that NC State athletics should not strive to contend for Championships or measure to the standards of Carolina and Duke. (I wish that someone would have told us this was NC State’s “not goal” [since we don’t have any goals or measurements] BEFORE we were solicited to pony-up tens of thousands of dollars just to sit in dead arena and watch the college version of the Washington Generals go out and tackle one of the nations worst non-conference schedules on an annual basis.)
Some moron somewhere is going to think that I am “bashing” Herb Sendek…and, their inability to understand my point does not surprise me in the slightest. The point is NOT that Herb Sendek is not delivering results and cannot consistently compete with names like Coach K, Roy Williams, Gary Williams and others on a national stage. The point is that Herb Sendek has been allowed to continue to try to use NC State’s resources and platform, despite obvious opportunities in the past to have gone in different directions. (Note: I do not believe that Herb Sendek should have been fired after most of the last 4 years. That does not mean that his performance of the last four years justifies the unprecedented decision to retain him after the 2001 season or that his contract should have been extended so often thereby securing his position within the program so deeply.)
Lee Fowler is our Athletics Director, and as of THIS MORNING, the Athletics Department that he leads – and the basketball program that Herb Sendek has led for almost a decade – has NEVER, EVER been further behind Carolina’s and Duke’s in championships.
This makes me wonder…when Lee Fowler comments that NC State should not be as good of a program as Duke and Carolina…is his statement really a proclamation of what he believes to be true? Or is it an attempt to justify and excuse the obvious facts that our program has performed significantly below our historical level against these schools under his leadership?
The fact that today’s sad state of affairs was coronated on the 22nd anniversary of the greatest National Championship experience in the history of college basketball (owned by NC State) only serves as an extra dagger in the heart of those Wolfpackers that really care. Or, should I say those that USED to care? (After I have commiserated with 4 different lifetime rights holders just this morning who all sound like Muhammad Ali took them out back for an hour, I am not sure there are that many that care anymore. This morning, I’ve heard lifetime rights holders and lifelong fans (all over the age of 33) use words and phrases like, “who cares”, “I quit”, “give up”, and “focus on football, at least we have a chance to be better than our peers there.”)
* Just 15 years ago, NC State owned 50% of all NCAA Basketball Championships owned by Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Today, NC State owns 20% of all NCAA Titles owned by ACC schools.
* In the last 15 years that has seen Carolina employ four different basketball coaches, NC State open a $166 Million palace of a basketball facility, and Duke labor in a 9,000 seat, 60 year old arena…the Tarheels have won 2 National Titles, the Blue Devils have won 3, and NC State has reached only one Sweet 16.
* It was 18 years ago the ACC Tournament was last played in the Washington, DC area (Landover, Maryland to be exact). NC State won that tournament by completing a clean sweep of our Big Four Rivals – defeating Duke in overtime in the quarterfinals; Wake Forest in the semi-finals in double overtime; and #1 ranked UNC-CH on Sunday. That was the last Championship of merit that NC State’s Basketball Program can claim.
* On that fateful day in 1987, NC State had won 29.4% of all ACC Tournament Titles – 10 to be exact. No school had more; Carolina also had 10 Titles. Duke, that program that supposedly is insurmountable because they have “always been good” and that Lee Fowler says that NC State fans should not compare ourselves against had only 7 Championships.
* NC State now ranks a distant third in the list of total ACC Championships, having won only 19.4% of all titles.
I’d just like to personally thank the Larry Monteith, Todd Turner, Les Robinson, Herb Sendek, Lee Fowler (and even Marye Ann Fox) fraternity for their ability to manage such a formerly successful program into an 18 year drought that is almost statistically impossible. Oh well…wait til next year!
* In the 43 years of ACC Basketball prior to Herb Sendek’s arrival at NC State, the Wolfpack program had lost in a grand total of 3 ACC Title games. In his first 7 years, Herb Sendek lost as many ACC Championship games as NC State had lost in the program’s previous 43 year history.
* In the 43 years of ACC Basketball prior to Herb Sendek’s arrival at NC State, the Wolfpack program had played in 13 ACC Championships, averaging one appearance for every 3.3 years and one Championship in every 4.3 years. In 9 years of coaching, Herb Sendek has delivered a number of appearances that coincide with NC State’s historical average, but has not won a single championship despite a historical average that would indicate that he should have two titles by now.
* Before 1991, NC State was 42-27 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament for a 61% winning percentage. Herb Sendek is 13-9 in the ACC Tournament comprising a 59% winning percentage.
* Herb Sendek lost his 5th game to Duke in the ACC Tournament in 9 years in Washington. (Sendek is now 3-20 overall against Duke in 9 years). After the 1990 season, NC State was 7-7 against Duke in the ACC Tournament. Today, NC State is 8-14 against Duke in the ACC Tournament.
* Before 1990, Florida State had not yet diluted the ACC and no games between weaker teams were played in the Tournament before the quarterfinals on Friday. NC State was 42-27 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament for a 61% winning percentage prior to 1991. Of Herb Sendek’s 13 wins in the ACC Tournament, three victories have come in Thursday games as a result of the opportunity to play weak opponents because our regular season was so bad. Herb Sendek is 10-9 in the ACC Tournament in games not played on Thursday and more consistent with the historical ACC.
* In 1988, NC State was the 7th program in the country to win 1,200 games. We are now 23rd on the all time win list.
Please don’t bother dropping any smart ass comments to this entry. They won’t be posted on the site. I’m tired of dealing with the focus on me as opposed to focusing on our perpetually disappearing pie. I don’t create the reality, I simply comment on it.
If YOU view these statistics negatively or consider them a “bash” of some sort, perhaps you should judge your reaction to the facts and the content of the message as opposed to directing your frustration at the messenger.
I have NO IMPACT on the reality that is illustrated by these simple numbers and statistics. Since all I do is research and comment on the facts as I compile them, while not taking a salary or any form of compensation from anyone, I am not real keen on being criticized personally for incubating what could be interesting discussions. If you want to discuss your perspective of NC State Basketball’s “Perpetually Disappearing Pie”, then I politely encourage you to share your thoughts ON THE TOPIC and welcome any and all of your comments. It could be quite interesting. It would be nice for some that are not hurting from NC State’s continued fall from prominence to share some perspective.
If you simply want to make snide and personal remarks about me (whom you know nothing about), then please don’t bother.