Tell me again why UT didn’t want to hire Lee Fowler in 2003?

A few months ago we ran the following comments in this entry comparing Lee Fowler to Joe Alleva in light of the LSU Athletics Directorship:

Lee Fowler’s interest in other Athletics Director jobs have not been a secret since his arrival in Raleigh in September of 2000. In the seven-plus years of Fowler’s tenure, the man that likes to be referred to as “Coach” has expressed interest and interviewed for multiple jobs of all shapes and sizes.

As anyone who loves money and whose ego loves attention to the degree of Fowler, conventional wisdom holds that Fowler covets jobs at “big schools” with high profiles. Unfortunately for Fowler – and for the wonderful fans of NC State’s athletics teams – every single one of Fowler’s overtures with big institutions have been spurned, including public connections with Tennessee in 2003, Georgia in 2003 and his not-so-public interest in Ohio State in 2005. Since those openings almost a half a decade ago, SFN has learned that Fowler has flirted with lesser jobs (including one last year) that have also resulted in “no interest” from the institution(s).

(We haven’t even touched on Indiana’s recent decision to pass on Fowler for a local lawyer with no experience in college athletics after Fowler made at least IU’s list of “Final Five” (if not final three). We’ll deal with this topic in coming days.)

I just ran across the following comments at this link at ESPN:

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton: Chalk up the hat trick for Hamilton, who’s now fired the football coach, the basketball coach and the baseball coach since taking over as the Vols’ athletic director in 2003. Tennessee fans hope he hires as well in football as he did in basketball (Bruce Pearl).

Ahh yes…Bruce Pearl. The man that we could have hired for years had our AD taken control of the basketball program instead of letting it take control of him. Oh the irony that Mike Hamilton got the job Fowler wanted and then rubbed the hiring into his face by managing his department in a way that immediately elevated UT’s Basketball program FAR beyond the peak of where Fowler has taken NC State’s program in over a decade.

Can you imagine how much weight Lee Fowler could lose if he actually ran a department like the top Athletics Departments in the country? Poor guy would either be dead or would be Sally Struthers’ best friend on this side of the ocean.

Do you think that Fowler ever actually realizes that the difference in the way others manage their departments would be the reason why they get hired for jobs and he doesn’t?

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15 Responses to Tell me again why UT didn’t want to hire Lee Fowler in 2003?

  1. Trip 11/04/2008 at 1:12 PM #

    Would someone PLEASE steal Fowler from us? Please? We’ll even pay you?

  2. old13 11/04/2008 at 1:41 PM #

    If we had a chancellor who managed on the basis of performance, Foulup wouldn’t have been AD for at least the last three years.

  3. happypackdad 11/04/2008 at 2:16 PM #

    haven’t been to the site in a while, glad to see I haven’t missed much. Same ‘ol beat down.

  4. wufpup76 11/04/2008 at 2:18 PM #

    ^They could’ve run those “status-quo” commercials about Bev Perdue to feature Jim Oblinger and Lee Fowler just as easily (This is not an attact on Bev Perdue … it was just funny that we call ol’ Jim “status-quoblinger” and then these ads appear)

    In fact, Oblinger and Fowler would fit right in on the political landscape … “Give us a ton of money and we will endeavor to not do our jobs!!! We’ll just keep making up convenient excuses about why we’re failing!!!”

  5. MatSci94 11/04/2008 at 2:54 PM #

    Maybe we could convice Fowler to ‘retire’ and run for some political office.

    In another state.

  6. packof81 11/04/2008 at 3:07 PM #

    Fowler is in high cotton. He’s unlikely to ever leave voluntarily because there’s nowhere that’ll take him. Unless we get a chancellor other than Mr. Milktoast or Foulup keels over, we’re pretty much stuck with him.

  7. TOBtime 11/04/2008 at 4:16 PM #

    Same ‘ol beatdown? If the truth hurts don’t read it.

  8. happypackdad 11/04/2008 at 4:42 PM #

    doesn’t hurt, just boring.

  9. turfpack 11/04/2008 at 10:19 PM #

    Lee foulup is just a IDOT!
    Enough said……………

  10. blpack 11/04/2008 at 11:45 PM #

    Losing is boring too, put in a positive spin. We do more than our share unfortunately.

  11. SuperStuff 11/05/2008 at 8:55 AM #

    Bruce Pearl would have been great at NC State. I still get a grin thinking about Dean Smith telling the AD at Tenn. that he was making a mistake firing Buzz Peterson. Oh yeah they regret it!?

  12. Rick 11/05/2008 at 10:40 AM #

    “Do you think that Fowler ever actually realizes that the difference in the way others manage their departments would be the reason why they get hired for jobs and he doesn’t?”

    That would require him to find fault in something he has done. It is obivous he does not have the ability of self circumspection.

  13. packattack95 11/05/2008 at 10:43 AM #

    Wasn’t Fowler a finalist for the Indiana AD job as well? I have heard that from several sources…

  14. Astral Rain 11/05/2008 at 6:45 PM #

    Maybe we should offer UT a package deal TOB and Fowlup. Yeah, be a shame to lose TOB, but we gotta give something to get something of value.

  15. Astral Rain 11/05/2008 at 6:45 PM #

    BTW how old is Fowlup? Is there some sort of state mandatory retirement age that can be used on him?

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