Wow. Right when I think that Pack Pride couldn’t get any worse, they do. The agenda and the craziness over there is so bad that old JB34 committed internet suicide this weekend. (I didn’t want to be too tempted to burn the place down after Rick Barnes beat the hell out of our program).
Today, you can get a good view of the ‘subtle’ agenda by looking at the articles that have been chosen to be featured in their webrun. Honestly…the fact that those morons would use one of their two “featured stories” on a poorly-written article about the 1974 team TODAY, after our beating to Texas last night is sickening. Riiiiight. Just close your eyes and pretend it didn’t happen. Especially in light of Tommy Burleson’s comments last week and the fact that the losers in the current administration couldn’t dream of that type of success in their wildest, drug-induced hallucinations.
This piece from San Antonio will hurt any Wolfpacker in the world. But, folks…we get what we deserve. We’ve let losers and idiots run our Athletics Department for years and we continue to experience the results of inadequate leadership and poor decision making. Ten years of the “great Herb Sendek” era had created a national perspective where NC State is viewed like Clemson. Unbelievable. Congratulations to the others in college athletics smart enough and motivated enough to create situations where they succeed —–
Buck Harvey: Among friends, Barnes remains what he’s been
San Antonio Express-News
DALLAS â€” Rick Barnes hasn’t had his Mack moment yet. If he wins another game, he will get his chance in Atlanta. Duke is to basketball what USC was in football.
But Barnes did something else Sunday. He remained in the NCAA tournament. He remained a notch above Billy Gillispie, the rising star at A&M, and he remained at worst on the same plane as Bill Self. He remained the builder of a prominent program, with another top-level recruit scheduled to arrive next fall, and he remained the envy of others.
He remained what he has been â€” and what North Carolina State wants for its own.
Barnes wouldn’t have fallen too far had he been beaten Sunday. Roy Williams lost to an underdog, after all, and most think he still can coach. As for other comparisons to Mack Brown, who was in the arena Sunday: Barnes has yet to endure the lows that Brown endured before last season…
…Again impressed, this time with an up-close view, were North Carolina State fans. They like what they see in Barnes, a North Carolina native, while questioning their own coach, Herb Sendek. Sendek’s job status has become an annual issue, and it was in Dallas. His players wanted to win for him. And to his defense came an old friend, Barnes. He once hired Sendek as an assistant at Providence, and they’ve stayed close.
Little wonder Barnes defended Sendek this weekend.
“First of all,” Barnes said, “Herb has an incredible personality, if you get to know him. I don’t think there’s a finer coach anywhere. I look at the job he’s done at N.C. State, I think it’s remarkable, really. I think he’s one of the most underrated coaches.”
Barnes tried to make the same pitch Sunday evening. Even after the Wolfpack shot only 26 percent in the second half â€” launching a series of half-hearted 3-pointers â€” Barnes still saw the best in his friend. “We beat a well-coached team,” he said.
Sendek might be capable. He might be suffering as many in his profession do, stuck with an unfair tag. But perception matters to both alumni and recruits, and it’s something that Brown has fought through. For Sendek, the perception is strong. That’s why a Raleigh newspaper story said this past week that N.C. State fans “want, well, Barnes.”
There was a time when the N.C. State job came with considerably more prestige than any in the state of Texas. And maybe that’s why people there think Barnes would be a logical replacement. Surely he would rather coach the Wolfpack, right?
Barnes likely sees North Carolina State as he once did Clemson. It’s the ACC, all right, but does the prestige match the reality? Competing against North Carolina and Duke is daunting, and keeping up with Wake Forest isn’t easy, either.
Texas fans today will celebrate those words. They’ve never felt better about their program or better about their coach. Especially with another Sweet 16 appearance this week.