“Redneck NC State” perpetuated by Lee Fowler’s embarrassing radio appearance

Q: What are the important items that require time and effort of men that run $50 million businesses in 2008?

A: Calling into radio stations to discuss “cougars” in mock drafts, of course!!

As you will see and hear by clicking to 850TheBuzz’s blog entry, the esteemed leader of NC State’s Athletics Department took the time and the initiative to call 850TheBuzz this morning to share his thoughts on attractive older women – also known as “cougars”.

Did any of you really think that Loose Lips Lee would forego any ‘open line’ to dial into a radio show?

Come on!?!? That’s like teasing Elton John with some private time with Liberace.

How could west Raleigh’s tallest insecure man pass up a free chance to be on the radio? Surely you can’t expect Fowler to exercise one ounce of common-sense disrection regarding the prudence of approaching such a childish and politically incorrect topic in a public forum like regional radio!

Could you imagine Ron Wellman, Kevin White, Joe Alleva, Terry Holland or Dick Baddour making the undignified move of initiating a call to a local radio station for the sole purpose to discuss “cougars”? (I know, Fowler readily admits that under his watch NC State will not try to compete with our local rivals. I guess that translates into decorum and class as well.) I’m sure that after a few beers all of these red-blooded, American males would have some great insight into Cougars. But, we’ll never know whom these ADs find hot because none of them are f*ing stupid enough to go to such lengths as to embarrass themselves nor the institutions that they represent.

As loose as we are here, we understand that there is a time and a place for everything; taking the initiative to call into a radio program to discuss Cougars is NOT the right time or place. As an alum who works very hard to elevate the status and stature of NC State degrees in the real world, I couldn’t be a more embarrassing that the lead professional administrator of the highest profile department of the largest University in the state is so undignified and ignorant as to the perception of his comments and actions. I know that nothing from this Tennessee hayseed should surprise me; but it doesn’t make it any easier.

I’m sure that this kind of behavior will go a LONG way to establishing credibility for NC State with the parents of recruits. Who would send their kid to a department run by Ron Wellman or Dick Baddour when you could go mature under such immature leadership at NC State?

Jim statusquOblinger must be a proud, proud man right now after “Coach Fowler” did such a great job of promoting the NC State redneck stereotype for everyone.

Heck…it is not like Fowler hasn’t had a chance to speak with the media recently. Just yesterday Fowler released an annual report with a whopping four full pages of information (including pictures, tables and graphs that took up at least two full pages). In addition to his regular column in the Wolfpacker magazine and the current tour of the entire State of North Carolina with the Wolfpack Club Caravan, Fowler has made appearances and given thorough interviews to GoPack.com, PackPride.com, the News & Observer and WRAL-TV5.com, 850TheBuzz and 99.9FM in just the last 60 days!!!

All of that media interaction is obviously not enough for old Lee! Never enough.

With NC State’s Athletics Department current standing as easily one of the absolute worst in the entire Atlantic Coast Conference, how does this guy not have more to do than spend the last two months giving interviews? Have you seen the quality of the “Annual Athletics Department Reports” of other schools? That piece of sh*t that was released yesterday by NC State could have been done by a 7th grader with 10 year old piece of software.

I know there are a lot of you who like to criticize StateFansNation for our criticisms of Lee Fowler and NC State. But, JESUS people!! We don’t make this stuff up. We only react to the behaviors and actions of Fowler and others. Don’t get mad at us for simply reacting to him. If he didn’t give us so much ammunition then we wouldn’t have any reactions!

Note the way that Adam Gold had no interest in actually talking with Fowler at the end of the conversation. Lee volunteered to tell us all about his plans with his wife to head down to Atlantic Beach without being asked or prompted. Then he tried to start saying something else and Gold basically said, ‘bye bye’.

Parting Shot –
For your irony file – you have to love that Adam Gold brought up the old story of how Athletics Directors keep lists of potential coaches in their pockets…but NC State’s AD keeps lists of Cougars in his pocket. There was nothing Fowler could say in light of his failure during ‘his’ search for a basketball coach and his lack of involvement in the University’s hiring of Tom O’Brien.

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34 Responses to “Redneck NC State” perpetuated by Lee Fowler’s embarrassing radio appearance

  1. EverettBeez 06/27/2008 at 9:37 AM #

    I do think that someone, preferably of the female gender, could file a complaint, on campus, with HR, for creating an uncomfortable workplace environment. The regulations (cough, bs) governing this (bs) are pretty broad (bs), especially since I just committed harassed someone by using “broad”. It would probably come to nothing, but it would be a big mess, and fun to watch the train wreck. Seriously, the rules are really vague, and any comment, aside, joke, picture ect that makes you feel “uncomfortable” can be deemed harassment. Heck, Lee’s last report could be harassment. (I got a 95 on my sexual harassment exam, that I was required to take here on my campus!)

  2. Noah 06/27/2008 at 9:45 AM #

    Look at Indiana University. Look at how horrible their current situation is. They’re so bad we could probably beat them. They’re on probation. Their AD is gone. All of their scholarship players are gone. They’re the laughingstock of the Big 10. It will be years before they return to a competitive level.

    And their AD, who was about to get fired, still managed to hire Tom Crean without too much difficulty. There was no protracted hiring search. He didn’t have a nervous breakdown while losing 30 points in the process.

    After Sendek left, we had a team that was pretty much full of former top-100 recruits, we had been to five straight NCAA tournaments, we were in good shape academically and with the NCAA, we were in a great league, and we had a terrific arena to play in (FAR better than Assembly Hall).

    I’m sorry, but when the coaches at piddly-ass schools like Southern Illinois won’t even INTERVIEW with you and are issuing public statements adamently denying even being remotely interested in your job…something is horribly, horribly wrong.

  3. WolftownVA81 06/27/2008 at 11:20 AM #

    Par shooter, I see your point but have a hard time ascribing that kind of intelligence to LF. I think he just wants to be liked and has a driving need to be in the spotlight. Regardless of the motive, he has put his needs above the University and for that reason alone – he should be fired.

  4. ruffles31 06/27/2008 at 12:16 PM #

    Noah, a better post has NEVER been written. You the man. That one post sums up life at NCSU.

  5. Par Shooter 06/27/2008 at 1:02 PM #

    VA, its not really intelligence but more of a survival instinct. The world (especially American business middle management) is littered with people who really aren’t very smart or very driven but just have an idea of how to get by doing as little as possible. They are able to identify who to suck up to are capable at doing so. They spend their limited mental energy on trying to find shortcuts or ways to cover themselves. I think “Coach” is essentially one of these guys.

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that being buddies with the local media will help you avoid criticism in the MSM and cover your shortcomings. Nor does it take a rocket scientist to figure out how to befriend these dolts. I think he does like to hear himself talk and craves the spotlight but I think there is more to it than that.

  6. Pack1998 06/27/2008 at 4:23 PM #

    Hilarious . . .

    The funny thing is . . . if Lee actually led and managed an Athletics Program that was extremely successful then he may have been able to get away with that comment.
    It would still be inappropriate . . . but winners get to do what losers don’t.

  7. BoKnowsNCS71 06/28/2008 at 5:58 AM #

    Give the man a chance. He could have said:

    LF: Adam — ahmm pickin’ Julie Christy because of those bodacious ta-ta’s — yeee haw!”

  8. howlie 06/28/2008 at 3:53 PM #

    What Noah said.

    I’m sure the Faculty Senate would want to give him another award for this… and that all of them will be calling up local radio stations, too, to talk of their piccadillos.


  9. Pack84 06/29/2008 at 1:54 AM #

    I think we’d all be better off if Lee Fouler would simply spend summer (and fall, winter, and spring) at Lake Gaston. God what a moron.

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