Fowler’s talking to Tim Peeler on gopack.com, so you knew that some unintended hilarity would ensue. Although there are actually some good points in the article (SFN heartily welcomes the promised changes in the basketball office), we can’t resist commenting on this nugget:
“Regarding basketball, when I was an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, our team experienced a similar turnaround. In the 1980-81 season, we were 13-14. By the third year, we were in the Sweet Sixteen and by the fourth year, we were in the Final Four.”
As you may remember, the secret of this remarkable turnaround was simple – cheating. We suppose the Pack could get a better PG with a shoebox full of cash. Is that Fowler’s guiding wisdom to Sidney Lowe?
Fowler spoke specifically to changes expected within the basketball program:
“In this off-season, there will be some changes made within the basketball office. Sidney is going back to square one, looking at what each member of the staff does to make certain it is the most efficient and effective way of getting things done. He is reviewing all facets of the basketball operation. He was at the Final Four, and, as all coaches do, he talked to people he knew in the business.”
We hope that means Sid talked to Larry Brown (between a few rounds of “rock, chalk, Jayhawk”), and that Larry pulled no punches. Naturally, a competent AD would have made sure a neophyte college coach like Sidney Lowe was doing that from Day One. Maybe Fowler has been reading SFN for counseling advice – see here and here.