We wanted to highlight a couple of quotes from different articles regarding Chuck Amato’s dismissal from NC State.
Based on our understanding of private information as well as some comments made in the public domain, we contended that Chuck Amato never knew his job was in jeopardy until Lee Fowler actually fired him. Additionally, it seems that Fowler had no choice in the matter as the firing was mandated despite Fowler’s wish/desire to ignore the situation and give Amato another year(s). ( Sound familiar?)
Was Amato naive? Yes.
On the flip side, isn’t part of any leader’s job – in this case the Athletics Director – to have open communication with his coaches and let them know where they stand?
If you take the various quotes made by Lee Fowler throughout the season (God knows he gives you plenty of quotes to analyze) then it becomes abundantly clear that Fowler was forced to pull the trigger on Chuck. Even Fowler’s very own quotes just three weeks prior to the end of the season highlight that Fowler did not make the decision on his own.
Fowler: Do you feel like entering the East Carolina game that Chuck Amato felt he was coaching for his job?
It would be something that Chuck would have to answer… not me. I know that three or four weeks before the North Carolina game he and I had a conversation and we both knew how important the North Carolina game would be.
I can’t remember exactly when, but it was probably the Monday a few weeks before we played North Carolina, and he and I both talked about how important the North Carolina game was going to be.
Q: Is it still difficult to realize that you’re no longer at N.C. State, which I believe you thought was everything you wanted and where you wanted to be as a head coach?
I’m proud of everything I did there. To have one bad year, and for what happened, I was devastated. I never saw it coming, but that’s part of the business.