Statements from Fowler & Oblinger

Pack begins search for new men’s basketball coach

April 3, 2006

Raleigh, N.C. – Statements from Athletics Director Lee Fowler and Chancellor James L. Oblinger:


“On behalf of the entire NC State community, I would like to thank Herb Sendek and his staff for their 10 successful seasons with our men’s basketball program. Herb inherited a program in 1996 that was in need of consistent success, and he brought that back to NC State basketball, beginning in his first season when he led the team to the first of three appearances in the ACC Championship game.

“In addition, he is one of the finest people I have met in my 32 years of college athletics. We wish Herb, Melanie and their three daughters the greatest success as they begin this new phase of his coaching career. For 10 years, they have been wonderful members of our athletics family.

“We will now begin the process of hiring a new men’s basketball coach. It will be a national search that will concentrate on finding a candidate that will continue the successful tradition of NC State basketball.

“Chancellor Oblinger and I have talked at length about the type of candidates the university will pursue to fill this vacancy. We will continue to communicate frequently during our search for a new men’s basketball coach.”


“In his 10 years as the men’s basketball coach, Herb Sendek brought integrity, hard work and discipline to our program. Coach Sendek, his family, staff and players have been outstanding representatives of our university. We thank them for all they have done to contribute to our basketball tradition. NC State is a better place because of Coach Sendek’s efforts on and off the court and he will always have a special place in the history of Wolfpack basketball.

“We congratulate Coach Sendek on his new position and wish him only the best for the future. As for our future, athletics director Lee Fowler will begin a search for a new coach immediately.”

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31 Responses to Statements from Fowler & Oblinger

  1. coppertop 04/03/2006 at 1:13 PM #

    nice sendoff, hopefully they were serious about the national search and will get the best out there with the $ we can offer!

  2. class of '74 04/03/2006 at 1:15 PM #

    Seeing is believing Lee. Now go do your job and make believers of us all.

  3. BJD95 04/03/2006 at 1:21 PM #

    I would have liked to hear Fowler mention something about taking our success “to an EVEN HIGHER level,” but I suppose that’s nitpicking. Overall, pretty generic statements.

  4. El Scrotcho 04/03/2006 at 1:23 PM #

    Now down to business.

  5. Alpha Wolf 04/03/2006 at 1:25 PM #

    I wonder if Herb will miss stopping by Bojangle’s after a Wolfpack game. I don’t think there’s a Bo’s out in Tempe, and for some of us, that alone would be reason enough not to go.

  6. wopacker1980 04/03/2006 at 1:28 PM #

    I’d like to donate $10 toward his first ‘Bujangles’ family pack which should be FedExed to him when he wins his first PAC10 Championship.

  7. class of '74 04/03/2006 at 1:30 PM #

    ^that $10 is safe for quite awhile!

  8. jason 04/03/2006 at 1:33 PM #

    listen to tom b on on penner and mac

  9. DavidThompson 04/03/2006 at 1:35 PM #

    I think Herb will do well at ASU. The fans will love him and he will eventually run that Princeton Style offense the same way he did here at NCSU. Thanks for everything Herb…I hope you understand NCSU Fans have higher expectations and feel we have paid our dues long enough. Come on Patino get your ass down here and lets start this championship run and put a little fear in Duke, UNC , Wake and Maryland. That should be a in state holiday if we were actually to get Patino down here.

  10. wopacker1980 04/03/2006 at 1:49 PM #

    Tommy basically said, yeah we want more and we have players who can play at the next level. IF! someone coaches and develops them properly. He thinks Simmons can be a marque big man.
    He also says if we can’t get our top-shelf choice then we should give the chance to ‘someone in the family’ namely Derrick or Monte. (just telling you what he said, Les was a member of the family too).

  11. DavidThompson 04/03/2006 at 2:14 PM #

    All this is over …I still can’t belive it….Pitino!Pitino!Pitino!

    *8-38 vs. Duke and UNC (worse than any other NCSU
    coach, even Les Robinson)
    *Only once higher than a 7 seed
    *Only one Sweet 16
    *No championships of any kind
    *10 or more losses every year
    *13-61 against the RPI top 25 (8-26 over the last five “great” years)
    *Out of the 17 coaches in ACC history who coached a decade or more, only Herb Sendek and Bill Gibson did not win an ACC regular season or tournament championship or advance to the Elite 8

  12. Roy 04/03/2006 at 2:38 PM #

    Success is not defined by going to the ACC championship and losing… this is North Carolina

  13. Only One 04/03/2006 at 3:08 PM #

    I just hope you north carolinians that are fans/alumni and in charge of the school don’t do your typical northcarolinian mindset of settling for mediocrity

  14. Ohio Wolfpacker 04/03/2006 at 3:46 PM #

    Yee-haw. Herb is gone!!!!

  15. Backpacker 04/03/2006 at 3:54 PM #

    He is gone, I pray that Lee does the right thing and get a proven winner in here. If we go for the Diamond in the rough, we are screwed. The new coach will need to have already been seasoned “At the Higher Level”.

  16. cfpack03 04/03/2006 at 4:11 PM #

    If we do go for a seasoned vet (and I pray we do) it will outside of the norm. None of ourbball coach hires have ever been big names.

  17. Mr O 04/03/2006 at 5:12 PM #

    This leads to a pretty interesting discussion on Herb Sendek. Honestly, I never thought an offer would come his way that would convince him to go somewhere else. Either I thought the opportunity wouldn’t be good enough or the money wouldn’t be there. Instead, Herb got a pretty good job opportunity and a heck of a lot more money. There weren’t many here that thought very highly of Herb Sendek as a basketball coach or what he has accomplished at NC State. I would give his overall grade while at NC State somewhere in the C+/B- range and my guess is that most people who post here would grade him lower (or at least thought less of his coaching ability than I do).

    So how surprised are you that Herb got an offer at a school like ASU and that the offer increased his pay by 50%?

    I still can’t believe this actually happened.

  18. Pakkfan 04/03/2006 at 5:23 PM #

    ASU was desperate, as they had been turned down by all their coaching targets (Majerus was a health issue).

    Herb represents a clean safe pick. So I am not at all he went as he was not welcome to stay by many.

    I’d give Herb a C+ as long as I can give Les an F.

    Despite what you read, Herbs offer is not a substantial pay increase, merely a change of scenery to a non-basketball school in a non-basketball conference. (Sorry can’t reveal my sources here) He will do a great job there and they will be happy. Thus i am glad for him and them.

    As for Herb’s value, i think the shoe contract speaks for itself.

  19. David 04/03/2006 at 5:24 PM #

    I just watched the 6pm newscast on WGHP TV in High Point. Part of the newscast was an opinion piece about the Sendek affair by Rich Brenner. He laid the whole mess at the feet of the administration for not acting YEARS ago.
    ‘Nuff said

  20. Astral Rain 04/03/2006 at 5:46 PM #

    From what I remember growing up near High Point, Rich Brenner was a State fan…

    Not surprised he’s mad about the whole thing.

  21. Andy 04/03/2006 at 5:58 PM #

    “As for Herb’s value, i think the shoe contract speaks for itself.”

    So you say that herb has no value cause he can’t get the same money at another school, then he does with a slight raise and you change it to the market says he has no value cause his shoe contract is smaller? Also when has someone from high point ever said anything intelligent?

  22. Mr O 04/03/2006 at 5:58 PM #

    WGHP has always been pro-NC State.

    Herb didn’t get a pay raise?

  23. Mr O 04/03/2006 at 5:59 PM #

    I didn’t say that was why he left. All I said is that there were certainly compelling money reasons to leave in addition to getting a fresh start somewhere else.

    Would he have taken the fresh start at mid-major? Obviously not.

  24. NCST890 04/03/2006 at 6:02 PM #

    OK, we’ve lost a great ’07 recruit over this. GD-it, Fowler, pony-up some cash and get us a successful coach!

  25. Joe 04/03/2006 at 6:04 PM #

    A poster on packpride says Austin TV has announced that Barnes has already said no.

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