There is an awful lot of interesting stuff for a Daily Update for it be a random Friday afternoon in late April. SFN will definitely have a lot more on the topics included in this entry in the coming days, but we wanted to get this out there for your comments as soon as possible.
Today there is a report by H. Williams Kellenberger in today’s Rocky Mount Telegram regarding last night’s WPC Caravan stop at Benvenue Country Club where Lee Fowler chose to make his job performance a public issue of debate.
We would like to thank the world’s biggest public-relations nightmare for choosing to open the door to public scrutiny of his job performance. Until now, no media outlet who would ever hope to be included on Fowler’s interview schedule or treated with any dignity from NC State’s Sports Information Director would dare touch the topic of analyzing NC State’s athletics performance under Fowler. Thankfully for all of us, Fowler himself has now chosen to make the issue a topic that is open to public scrutiny. Now that Fowler has oppened the door, we implore the media to GO FOR IT!
At least one member of the media has finally taken notice that there is a growing contingent of NC State fans who have started to question Lee Fowler’s job performance at NC State. Lee responded to some of his critics last night with a blatant admission of how he only cares about NC State’s performance BECAUSE of the importance of his pay check:
“I want to make sure they get this on the Internet tonight,” Fowler said, “that I do love to win. I hate losing and Wolfpackers always say, ‘Well, he doesn’t care as much as I do because he doesn’t understand.’ Well, I do understand.”
“What’s funny about N.C. State is that they pay you a check every month, and if I don’t win, and we don’t win, they’ll quit paying me that check. So I really do care about winning.”
We don’t like helping “Coach Fowler” too much around here; but, now that he has let the cat out of the bag it is too late. We couldn’t agree more with Noah’s comments in our comments section:
Lee Fowler, in case you didn’t realize it, is an idiot. Someone needs to explain to him that you don’t punch down. You punch up.
If you’re a fan, you complain about the guy above you…the coach, the AD, whatever. But if you’re the AD, you complain about the league commissioner or the NCAA. You don’t swing at the people below you on the org. totem pole.
Also, Chip Alexander did a lengthy interview with Sidney Lowe. I would recommend reading the whole interview, but here are a few of Sid’s answers:
On JJ Hickson declaring for the NBA draft:
My gut? Itâ€™s hard because heâ€™s talked at times about the team and the guys and how heâ€™s really enjoyed playing with these guys.
When we were in [the gym] doing some things [individually] and I gave him some instructions and said, â€˜This is how we need to play the game,â€™ he said to me, â€˜Coach, are we going to play this way next year?â€™ And Iâ€™d say, â€˜Yes we are, thatâ€™s the plan.â€™ Then, on the other end, heâ€™ll ask me did I hear anything from the league [NBA].
I think itâ€™s just still up in the air right now. Weâ€™ll sit down and find out where heâ€™s going with this, who all is coming out. … There are players who could have gone last year and stayed in [college] and had great years. Now theyâ€™re lottery picks. Heâ€™s certainly a lottery pick is he comes out the proper year.
On injuries to Degand and Johhny Thomas:
A: I think Farnold is ahead of Johnny. We certainly need Farnold because he has that thing you canâ€™t teach, that speed. And he was playing pretty well for us when he got hurt. So Farnold, knock on wood, should be ready to go and Johnny will take a little longer.