We are pretty busy this morning and donâ€™t have a lot of time to comment right now. We saw this artice in the Fayetteville Observer and figured it would generate some comments from you so we wanted to get it on the site. More later.
In our archives we ran across this old entry from April 23rd focusing on some comments from Caulton Tudor.
Since landing the job in September 2000, Fowler hasnâ€™t faced anything nearly as important as the task at hand.
Right or wrong, the short- and long-range performance of the next coach will become Fowlerâ€™s responsibility. That sort of accountability comes with the keys to the ADâ€™s office at most major colleges. Itâ€™s unavoidable.
For all practical purposes, the next Wolfpack coach and Fowler will be joined at the hip â€” actually the wallet â€” for the duration of their tenures on campus.
When he was forced to look elsewhere (defined as not the obvious of Barnes and Calipari), Fowlerâ€™s situation became much more precarious.
The nature of coaching hires is that Plan B is always more complex and infinitely less predictable than Plan A.
Other than for the nationâ€™s most successful coaches, there is a litany of pluses and minuses to be carefully weighed for each potential candidate: Academic emphasis, affordability, age, recruiting skill, big-game experience, geographic background, playing style and personality. And those are a only sampling of the factors that could make the hire a boom or a bust.
In other words, the situation gets very dicey, very risky. There are as many ways to go wrong as right.
With no apparent foolproof target left to pursue, Fowler has to carefully research each point and counterpoint of those in the Plan B-group pool.
The one thing Fowler absolutely cannot afford to do is make a mistake that could put the basketball program miles behind Duke and North Carolina for the next several years