Judgment Day… IS ON

For some years now discussion among those of us who want Sendek out the door always includes one name: Barnes.

Most of us remember the Barnes of Clemson, the coach who took what was supposed to be the worst team in ACC history and … won with it. The Barnes who wasn’t afraid to get up in the face of Dean Smith, Gut and the rest of the Chapel Hill sachems. The Barnes who grew up in Hickory and loves NC State.

Well, now that Texas and Barnes have eked out what appears to a surprisingly difficult win over the Ivy League, Judgment Day is approaching for all of us: Sendek, we alleged “Herb Haters,” and our old friends the Herb Sendek Sunshine Squad. Barnes v. Sendek, for all the move-on marbles in the NCAA.

Personally, I think Texas will advance and will beat Sendek like a red-headed stepchild. Even Sendek’s patented – and infuriating – habit of pulling out victories just before he has to polish his resume won’t save him here. Save a win, that is. The sad thing is, Fowler and the rest of the HSSSers will argue that this California win, Herb’s first in the past five tries, is reason for keeping him on. We’ve all seen that movie before, you see.

Either way, and even though the HSSSers won’t admit it, the battle between these two coaches should be telling. My money’s on the Man from Hickory.

ADDENDUM: I am wondering – does the relative difficulty against Penn signal matchup problems against the Pack? We shall see … and I’ll leave the analysis there to the X and O guys!

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77 Responses to Judgment Day… IS ON

  1. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 9:56 PM #

    Sad but true, I am afraid.

  2. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 9:58 PM #
  3. jesse 03/17/2006 at 10:02 PM #

    could someone remind me again how many times barnes won in chapel hill when he was at clemson?

  4. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 10:05 PM #

    ^ How many times has Sendek won against Roy?

  5. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 10:12 PM #

    If you have faith in Sendek v. Barnes, fine. That’s why Judgment Day cometh, and that right early.

  6. jesse 03/17/2006 at 10:18 PM #

    aren’t you a self proclaimed herb hater? if not i apologize. i however never proclaimed to be a girl. anyway i have read alot of the blog because i wanted to see if what the herb haters have to say made sense. alot of it does however, i still think the good outweighs the bad with herb. great performance tonight, i think herb had his boys ready to go and they brought it home down the stretch – that to me says good coaching.

  7. NCBP 03/17/2006 at 10:40 PM #

    showdown Sunday…I can’t wait!

    everyone knows this is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Herb can shut me and everyone else up or it will rise to olympic proportions. HUGE GAME vs. TX on Sunday, you have to LOVE IT!

  8. Astral Rain 03/17/2006 at 10:49 PM #

    Nice win by NCSU tonight. I’ll be honest, I think Sendek isn’t improving the program anymore, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be rooting for NCSU against UT. Maybe Sendek will get lucky three more times- I’ll try to have some faith in his luck, even if I don’t have a reason.

    However, there is plenty of reason to be mad at Herb.

  9. Chico 03/17/2006 at 10:51 PM #

    What did Barnes do vs Kansas when Roy was there?
    By the way, 10-6 conference record is ok by me in basketball
    Its the 3-5 football record with a wealth of talent that sucks.

  10. Mr O 03/17/2006 at 10:54 PM #
  11. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 10:54 PM #
  12. packbackers 03/17/2006 at 10:55 PM #
  13. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 10:58 PM #

    “the author proclaims that his money is on Texas over State.”

    I think most smart money would be on a 2 seed against a 10.

    And look on the bright side: Texas might lose to Penn. One wonders why so many on PackPride are pulling for exactly that? Maybe they know something we don’t?

  14. packbackers 03/17/2006 at 11:02 PM #

    I just wouldn’t bet against my alma mater, but that is my opinion. Anyway, congrats to Sendek and the Pack for advancing tonight!

  15. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 11:03 PM #

    ^ One has to pick someone to win. And again, looking at a #2 against the #10, if my money’s involved I pick the 2. Unless it’s KU.

  16. RedFred 03/17/2006 at 11:07 PM #


    Really, I am not picking on you but tell me one thing about tonight’s that looked anything like what we have seen all year. Herb is scratching, this is the best way his talent is meant to play.

    If they would have practiced all year and had an opportunity to become comfortable with all the options I saw implemented tonight, they would have lived up to what we, and the media, all expected before the season ever started.

  17. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 11:08 PM #

    ^ Good point RedFred. It seems that the more they are “Herb coached,” the worse they do.

  18. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 11:16 PM #
  19. jesse 03/17/2006 at 11:17 PM #

    i disagree that tonght was exceptional from the rest of the year. this year has been great except for the 4 game stretch at the end. we blew out george washington, we blew out boston college we played well at cameron, and 22 wins so far. while i hate the fact the we sucked against carolina and wake because i have to hear it from all my tarheels buds at work, it has been a great year in my opinion. and tonight was just a continuation of this great year. you can throw all the stats you want at me i.e. our record against rpi this and rpi that. but to me its been great. go pack!

  20. RedFred 03/17/2006 at 11:29 PM #

    I am loosing it, but I am actually pulling for Carolina. That is a team of young players whose coach has inspired total confidence and told them they have every right to beat better teams. Listen to the Roy Williams radio show, I stumbed onto it on AM radio by accident, a half an hour before the Sendek show, any coach could have taken notes the whole 30 minutes. Then, after it ended, I found the Sendek show…..ZZZ….whoops, what happened?

  21. Jeff D(BostonWolf) 03/17/2006 at 11:39 PM #
  22. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 11:49 PM #
  23. PACDADDY 03/17/2006 at 11:50 PM #

    Cardiff…just curious…Where were you when we were in the TOP 25 for almost the entire season?

    Personally…I like our chances against Texas. Hopefully we’ll win and you’ll go away…but for some reason, I don’t think it will matter with you and the rest on here with your point of view. Your pain will continue…sad isn’t it?

  24. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 11:52 PM #

    “Cardiff…just curious…Where were you when we were in the TOP 25 for almost the entire season?”

    Waiting for the UNC games. And then for the collapse. And I saw precisely what I expected.

    How about you?

  25. Cardiff Giant 03/17/2006 at 11:55 PM #

    Dan: I’ve said already that I should not have made that comment no matter how much I can’t stand Sendek. But feel free to keep bringing it up. It’s much easier than defending, say, Herb’s record against the Big Four this season.

    I appreciate your comments about my other posts, though.

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