Saturday Sendek Update

With so much focus on the current “Sendek Situation” – and the tendency of so many to pass judgement based on individual games as opposed to the entire body of work – we thought that we would step in with some comments from Dallas.

The following comments are a blend of our personal opinion based on some things that we have been hearing:

Our advice – take a step back, relax, and enjoy the NCAA Tournament.

No matter which “side” that you may reside on the Sendek issue, ultimately it is not going to matter. The only thing that is going to matter in this situation is the market’s interest in Herb Sendek.

Here is why we believe this:

First, NC State is NOT going to fire Herb Sendek. It is that simple. For a million reasons that most average people/employees who are held to certain standards cannot comprehend, Lee Fowler and NC State are not going to ‘fire’ Herb Sendek.

But, Herb Sendek can choose to leave on his own. And, based on what we have heard from some sources, we believe that Sendek has made the decision to leave Raleigh if the situation was “right”. It is the definition of the “right situation” that we are unclear on.

Since we shared the following with you last week as we “set the table” on this topic

Herb Sendek has been sending feelers throughout various contacts inside of college basketball for the last couple of weeks regarding different potential jobs. One specific job that has been specifically mentioned is Oregon.

…we have learned that Coach Sendek has escalated his discussions inside the world of college basketball regarding his desire to move to a fresh beginning. Sendek is fed up with the current situation at NC State and wants to leave. (Despite what any administrator or player may publicly argue).

But, despite Sendek’s current frustration of the situation, we highly doubt that he will choose to just walk away from his $800k per year paycheck in Raleigh without another job in place. That is not to say that he would not take another job that pays less. Based on Sendek’s past behavior, we just doubt that he will walk away from State without another job lined-up.

So, the question now becomes – can Sendek find a new job that he deems worthy of taking?

Some new jobs have opened in the last couple of days that might be a fit for Sendek – like the unexpected firing at Iowa State. Additionally, some other shoes may still drop – like Seton Hall. And lastly, there is still the domino-effect of the coaching carousel at potential places like Iowa and others. We believe Sendek would gladly accept a job in the tier of a Missouri, Iowa, Seton Hall, and Iowa State. How far down that tier dips is anyone’s guess right now.

A single (or potential couple) of NCAA Tournament win(s) against the backdrop of ten years of coaching should have little impact on your personal belief if Sendek can get the job done at NC State. By the same token, we don’t believe that a couple of NCAA Tournament wins can repair Sendek’s feelings toward the NC State community; nor can they serve to convince him to return to a program that loses three key seniors (and potentially other key players) who are being replaced a middle-of-the-ACC recruiting class.

In our opinion — the more success that Sendek has in the NCAA Tournament, the more marketable he is to other schools.

With that said, maybe NC State fans can finally have some short term success (ie – NCAA Tournament) while also benefiting the long term progress of the program (ie – a new coach).

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15 Responses to Saturday Sendek Update

  1. BJD95 03/18/2006 at 3:00 PM #

    Good points. That’s largely my view as well. Although, I do think a “nudge” from the administration or Wolfpack Club isn’t out of the question. And we still might need that to happen.

    But I agree that Sendek also gets more marketable if he goes deeper. I’m not at all certain he would CHOOSE to come back if he had a viable alternative. From what I’ve heard, the “stress of the situation” has indeed been significantly worse than in past years.

  2. TVP 03/18/2006 at 3:33 PM #

    Good update. I have also heard that, basically, the buyout check has been written by some boosters – which jives with what you reported earlier.

  3. Old13 03/18/2006 at 3:53 PM #

    Even if that should happen, Fowler needs to go as well. Getting rid of Herb is, in part, only addressing the symptoms IMHHO. Geting rid of Lee would be a potential cure (depending on who Oblinger gets to replace him.) It would be nice to have Bobby Purcell as AD.

  4. Rick 03/18/2006 at 3:55 PM #

    Wow, that is music to my ears. I am so ready for a change.
    I want something to look forward to.
    I want to be excited about bball again.

    I agree about Fowler, but he just got a 5 year deal. That maroon will be here until an SEC school offers JEd a deal. So forever.

  5. Cardiff Giant 03/18/2006 at 5:49 PM #

    I agree that we have little chance of getting rid of Fowler. And it’s a funny thing – you can make clear. cogent, arguments for a change of direction there.

  6. Cardiff Giant 03/18/2006 at 5:50 PM #

    This is a very good wrapup, also. It’s a funny thing that more success might possibly increase the chances of a change.

  7. ushum 03/18/2006 at 8:03 PM #

    thanks for the update,

    also it caught my eye that we could potentially lose more players than the seniors…are we talking Ced somehow going pro or are we talking transfers…

  8. vtpackfan 03/18/2006 at 9:18 PM #

    It was obvious at the start of the year that Ced had taken the off season serious and really improved in the kind of ways that make NBA scouts notice. When this season ends, surely he will try to continue improving just as hard. It seems very counterproductive for him to push on in this direction when playing in this coach’s system, when run right, would have him at the top of the key trying to execute one of those nifty “it’s not” Princeton style plays.

  9. Rick 03/18/2006 at 10:22 PM #

    Personally, I cannot imagine why BRackman would play basketball again. Why risk his $$ for a chance to play 7 minutes?

  10. ushum 03/18/2006 at 10:27 PM #

    very true, i didn’t think about Brack…

  11. mccraywolf 03/18/2006 at 10:36 PM #

    Good write up….I did not think about Brack either, but would not blame him for sticking to baseball.

    IMHO a new coach could really do something with a lineup of Atsur, Fells, Grant, BC and Ced.

  12. PACDADDY 03/19/2006 at 1:14 AM #

    “With that said, maybe NC State fans can finally have some short term success (ie – NCAA Tournament) while also benefiting the long term progress of the program (ie – a new coach).”

    I’m sorry…but if we have success in the NCAA tourney this season, finish high in polls, you’re full of sh*t if you think that losing Herb, while replacing him with some UNKNOWN coach is going to provide”long term” progress…it’s the other way around! His success and fans with their head up their rears changing their already made up minds is the best answer.

    Of course…Pitino…or Tubby…or Calipari…Barnes…McMillan…then you could be right.

    Saddly…no matter what Herb does, Bin Laden would be better for some of you…of course…if Fowler can’t find that guy continue the progress…it’s going to be HIS FAULT when we suck…yea right.

  13. class of '74 03/19/2006 at 8:09 AM #

    Go Herb go! Go to the sweet sixteen! Go to the elite eight! Go to the final four!
    Go to the championship game! But for god’s sake just go!!!

  14. Astral Rain 03/19/2006 at 8:17 AM #

    Big Ced would not be a lottery pick this year. He could be next year. He should stay one more year. Then again, he saw how much Hodge’s stock dipped after his junior year- as he was exposed. Big Ced has a couple of things he really needs to work on defensively and offensively before he’s a lottery-level prospect.

    Most draft sources have him as a early second round pick if he went pro this year, maybe late first round. Testing the waters would be a good idea though- especially if Herb is fired and the situation is uncertain.

  15. Herb 03/19/2006 at 8:39 AM #

    I would like to see Bama hire Lee Fowler. Just to see what would happen when their football lost a few games and he made negative comments about their fans for being critical. That would just be funny.

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