Sunday NC State Media Articles

Not trying to do a web run, but just posting artcles that aren’t saying the same thing.

We will try to update them during the morning and the afternoon. Every article is going to read the same at this point.

Couple links to the N&O, Fayetteville Observer & the News & Record.

“I can’t say I’m totally surprised,� said Elizabethtown’s Mac Campbell Jr., president of the Wolfpack Club. “I’m disappointed. I hate to see him leave, but I understand. He’ll do a good job. He’s a good person. It’s a good opportunity for him.�

Longtime Wolfpack fan Greg Kalevas said the time is right for a change.

“I never thought he could take us to the next level,� said Kalevas, owner of Chris’s Steakhouse. “I don’t know if it was talent he was recruiting, the way he was coaching his kids. I’ve been there for 20-some years. The last few years it wasn’t exciting like it used to be. Players acted like they didn’t give 100 percent. You’ve got to have that kind of player to take you to the next level.

“We lost so many games at the end of the game. That comes from coaching. I don’t know if it comes from the head coach or the assistant coaches. I wish him the best.�

Fayetteville’s Bob Measamer said constant pressure from the fan base drove Sendek away.

“I’m going to be honest. I feel like Herb has come a long way with our program. I feel our players are graduating. We won 20 games for three years in a row. I look at our players on the court. It’s a clean program. I know he’s under a lot of pressure from people more interested in winning.

“I’m a little disappointed, but I can see it’s best for the overall program, definitely best for Herb.�

Arizona State did not initially seem like a likely destination, given that most of Sendek’s coaching has been done in either the Midwest or on the East Coast. But after the Sun Devils’ top candidate, Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, elected to take a raise and stay with the Panthers, and ESPN commentator Rick Majerus withdrew, citing health reasons, ASU turned its attention to Sendek.

Sources close to Fowler said the N.C. State athletics director did not learn of Sendek’s involvement with the Sun Devils until the process was well under way. That suggests that ASU athletics director Lisa Love did not ask for formal permission to talk to Sendek.

College sports are not supposed to be about pure entertainment, but on this Final Four weekend there’s no point in saying entertainment isn’t a big part of it at the elite levels. Winning most of the time isn’t enough. Coaches have to please the crowd. Sendek never warmed to that part of the job.

He did a commendable thing. He was true to his own personality. He can leave knowing he never made a fool of himself trying to please people who found him less exciting than masters of showmanship like Jim Valvano or Everett Case.

But Sendek, like everyone else, needed to grow when challenged and he didn’t. He dug in. When he would have done well to cultivate the media or show more responsiveness to State fans, he did less.

When you’re making hundreds of thousands of dollars in an entertainment business, you need to be entertaining. You can do that through an engaging and demonstrative personality or through the style of your team’s play, preferably both. Sendek offered neither.

Now State fans don’t have Sendek as their burden to bear. What they do have is that most unnerving of things — what they wished for.

What will State fans do? They can start by saying thanks to Herb Sendek for building a winning and highly respected program. He’s given back to the school something money can’t buy, a good reputation.

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15 Responses to Sunday NC State Media Articles

  1. VaWolf82 04/02/2006 at 7:40 AM #

    When you’re making hundreds of thousands of dollars in an entertainment business, you need to be entertaining.

    Will this crap never end? Coaches don’t have to be entertaining….they just have to win.

  2. class of '74 04/02/2006 at 7:52 AM #

    The man could not beat anyone in the top 50 RPI. If he had taken on the best in the nation and beaten them 50% of the time he would still be here but loading up on cupcakes and not beating your rivals will not endear a coach with any fanbase. Ned Barnett just can’t get it right after 10 years of trying.

  3. Texpack 04/02/2006 at 7:55 AM #

    Thanks for the links. The coaching search will be interesting. Whoever takes the job will know the expectations of the fan base. That is one very good thing about how this unfolded. The media continues to poo poo the notion that State can ONCE AGAIN compete on a consistent national level. I personally think we’re headed for another mid major type coach. I believe it will take an enormous $$$$ package to get Rick Barnes to even listen. Not because our job is bad, but because his situation in Austin is really excellent. We need somebody who won’t be afraid of the challenge of going .500-.667 against Duke and Carolina.

  4. Wuf62 04/02/2006 at 8:09 AM #

    …”he has given back to the school something money can’t buy, a good reputation.”

    When will this type of crap ever end? Herb deserves no pat on the back for his efforts for which he was highly overpaid. What he does deserve a pat on the back for is doing something that the “innner sanctum” wouldn’t do. He made a coaching change at NC State. Our dilemma now is that the same group of doofballs will probably head up the search committee. (Maybe Bob Kennel will co-chair with Leebird.)

  5. BJD95 04/02/2006 at 8:59 AM #

    What do we make of Fowler being kept in the dark? I presume one argument could be that, in private conversations, Fowler let it be known that he expected more than what Sendek has delivered. I find this unlikely.

    What makes more sense to me is that Sendek needed Fowler spouting the lines that Sendek wasn’t looking around and would stay in Raleigh – to optimize his position IN CASE he couldn’t get something else – so he hid his activities even from his own AD. That does seem to tarnish the “Saint Herb” image some of his more ardent supporters clung to. But I don’t have a problem with it at all. It’s just business, and he was looking out for himself.

    Just like many of Sendek’s detractors (like us humble SFN bloggers) were just looking out for NC State’s bottom line interests.

  6. old13 04/02/2006 at 9:36 AM #

    I think that Ned Barnett did a good job in characterizing the situation in his “Win-Win” article.

  7. Jeff 04/02/2006 at 9:40 AM #

    Barnett was trying to write a sweet little article. A lot of it was shit. But, there’s no reason to waste a lot of energy going through it. He was trying to paint a nice little “win-win” perspective and he was going to say anything to make it happen.

  8. class of '74 04/02/2006 at 10:02 AM #

    For the idiot HSSS’ers who post he ran a clean program and the kids graduated. We could get someone out of the P.E. department to run the basketball office if that is all that matters, and save a hell of alot of money to boot! The right candidate will appear as this is still one of the premier jobs in the nation. Don’t panic and everything will work itself out in the coming weeks.

  9. VaWolf82 04/02/2006 at 10:21 AM #

    For the Pack, perhaps we shoul consider how we treat our coaches, lest we end up in a non-stop cycle of coach after coach.

    10 years is not exactly running through coach after coach. Herb was given plenty of time to accomplish something more significant than one S-16.

  10. MurphNCSU 04/02/2006 at 10:40 AM #

    Is it true that I have seen media sightings that Herb didn’t meet with the team yesterday to inform them of his decision, but he did find the time to call up our top-2007 recruit?

  11. Jeff 04/02/2006 at 10:42 AM #

    ^ You are correct. But, don’t forget how “classy” and “great” a guy that he is.

  12. MurphNCSU 04/02/2006 at 10:55 AM #

    Exactle what I was thinking. CLASSY.

  13. graywolf 04/02/2006 at 1:28 PM #

    Herb did get a hefty 20% raise out of this move.

  14. 4NCST8 04/02/2006 at 2:12 PM #

    All of this classy, graduating players, brought quality young men into the program “stuff” is . . . true to some extent, but blown out of proportion.

    Les cleaned up the program somewhat on graduation rates. Les ran a clean program. Herb didn’t do anything unusual on those matters.

    Herb is not the “bastion” of class that many in the media and some of our own fans laud him to be.

    He was paid very, very well for modest achievements that were well below those of his predecessors, save for Les Robinson.

    He’s lucky beyond belief that Arizona State would pay 1.2-1.3 million dollars a year for rebuilding them back to simply making the NCAAs. I sure as hell wouldn’t pay him that. He’d get about $500,000 a year for what he’s capable of. I’m not surprised ASU wanted him; he’s capable of getting a team to the NCAAs and ASU has been bad. But to pay him over a million dollars?! No way I’d give him that!

  15. Jim Freeman 04/02/2006 at 5:56 PM #

    It’s time for all of us true Wolfpackers to put Herb’s tenure behind us and look forward to the opportunity of beginning a new era of basketball at NCSU. We remember the successes of Coaches Valvano, Sloan and Everett very easily, but please remember that not all was golden during all of their tenures. We remember the good times and conveniently forget the bad. By the way, Coach Robinson was a healer and worked during a difficult time at State. We should all thank him for the sacrifices and time he gave us.

    Let’s all pull together and look to the leadership and input from the Wolfpack Club with Purcell and the Directors as well as the alumni that should shape the direction of our AD and our Chancellor to put positive pressure to look for a proven, winning coach that is dynamic in his coaching style as well as being personable. Contact all of our leaders and offer support.

    With our past successes, facilities and fan base NCSU stands ready to move forward. Let us all try and put the trying times behind us and work together, confident that all of our efforts at our great University will lead us to new heights in academics and sports. It can only get better if we all pull together.


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