Even though this is dated, I couldn’t let it go by without chronicling it. “Coach Fowler” gave a 10 minute interview to Triangle Sports Talk 1090 a couple of weeks ago.
To be fair…I thought that his comments were pretty good. The problem is like the little boy who cried wolf — he just talks and talks and talks and talks SO MUCH that nothing he says really has much value. There is nothing ‘special’ to hearing from the NC State Athletics Director since we here from him infinitely more than other ADs..
Some of Fowler’s comments about this year’s basketball team that I found worth noting:
(1) Chance to Be Special.
“I think this team has a chance to really do something special”
(2) Pro-longed success is just around the corner. Remember that?
“It a situation where he can be competitive, and be competitive at the Top 20 level for many years to come”
Hmmmmm…..where have I heard that before? Oh yes. From Lee Fowler. Except, over the last (almost) 5 years, he has changed his perspective from winning national championships to “being competitive at the Top 20 level”.
On January 13, 2001, Charlotte Observerâ€™s Gregg Doyel penned an article â€œWolfpack Must Crawl Out of Holeï¿½?. (Does that one sound familiar?). In the article, Lee Fowler proclaimed to the world:
â€œIâ€™m not saying I donâ€™t care what (outspoken fans) think, but Iâ€™ve got a background in basketball, and you hear things about everybody. â€œThe one thing I ask (of) Wolfpack fans is support your coach. Fans want a national championship. The way Herbâ€™s doing things, when we do get there – and I donâ€™t think itâ€™s far away – it will stay there.
In FIVE YEARS we have gone from ‘national championships not being far away’ to being told that we are going to compete at the Top 20 level for years to come. Considering that we’ve finished NONE of the last FOUR regular seasons ranked in the Top 20, is it too much to ask for a little more in which we can believe?
(3) My favorite one
“We think that we can compete with both those programs (UNC & Duke). Even if you can, or come close to it, you are still at Top 10, Top 15 program and that’s what we’re trying to do”
In a clear departure from his previous classic comments last season, Fowler suddenly thinks that NC State can “be competitive” with Duke and Carolina. Of course, he says this without defining what “competitive” means and also adds the caveat as to how good we can be even if can never beat Duke or Carolina.
To be fair, Fowler is correct in his perspective that any team that competes (defined as being on the same level) with Duke and Carolina are Top 10 / Top 15 programs. Unfortunately for NC State, it is generally expected that “Top 15 programs” actually can defeat other Top 15 programs. Since, NC State has managed a single subjective ranking and a single RPI finish better than #25 in the last decade because of our continued stuggles to beat Top 50 teams on a regular basis, the mention of being one of the nation’s Top 15 program almost burst my side with laughter.