“Charleston bought out (Tom) Herrion on June 15 despite his four-year record of 80-38. Because he had four years remaining on his contract, the school paid close to $1 million (his contract initially called for him to receive $250,000 a year for each of the remaining years) to oust him. Herrion received his first check, for $500,000 wired to his account, on Friday (he is due the remaining portion in January 2007). Still, as of Saturday, Herrion said he hasn’t been told why he was fired and is under the impression it wasn’t for cause.“
Less than twenty years ago, NC State was one of the ten most prominent basketball programs of the preceeding 40 years in college basketball. The College of Charleston is…well…the College of Charleston.
NC State fans helped finance a $166 million 20,000 seat arena that stands as one of the country’s finest for the Wolpack’s competition in the nation’s premier basketball conference. The College of Charleston plays in a glorified high school gym that cost $5.4 million for their battles in the Southern Conference..
Yet, NC State fans have continuously been castigated in the local and national media for supposedly “running away” Herb Sendek?
The double standard never ceases to amaze me.
This is the same Herb Sendek who CHOSE on his own free will to leave Raleigh for another job that guaranteed 300% more pay than his current pay!
Sendek had been on the proverbial “hot seat” with Wolfpack fans since he was unprecedently retained by Lee Fowler after five consecutive seasons of NOT making the NCAA Tournament. After five years of “breaking even” by manufacturing entrance into the NCAA Tournament with no real signature season, Sendek ‘coincidentally’ chose THIS YEAR to leave Raleigh — before a season where his squad was depleted of talent and not projected to make the NCAA Tournament even BEFORE Cedric Simmons’ decision to enter the NBA draft. (In fact, Sendek left the cupboard so bare that ESPN’s Joe Lunardi did not even list the Pack as a program that he “considered” for a 2007 NCAA Tournament bid in his first Bracketology for next season).
Just for review…NC State fans are “bad” for (supposedly) “chasing off” a coach who CHOSE to leave for more money prior to a season where his recruiting and coaching created what was going to be his worst team in at least seven years.
But, Charleston fans get no criticism for buying out the contract of a coach who won over 66% of his games?