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In the one of the world’s worst kept secrets of all time, WRAL is reporting that Western Carolina’s Kellie Harper is likely to be named head coach of the women’s basketball team. Based on SFN’s sources, Ms. Harper will indeed be the hire.
We welcome Ms. Harper to Raleigh and are looking forward to her restoring one of the pioneer programs of women’s college basketball! We are genuinely excited about this hire and apply our meaningless stamp of approval here.
The actual decision/hire by NC State is a great one; but unfortunately the execution of the hire was horrendous.
Why the decision took so long is anybody’s guess. Kay Yow was only been sick for the better part of a decade and passed away months ago. The basketball season finished almost 45 days ago. You will hear the excuse that a nepotism issue needed to be cleared by the slow moving bureaucracy. Whatever. Just remember this when Harper struggles in a couple of years because she basically had no recruiting class this year and potentially next year. (See Sidney Lowe’s late start in 2006 after Lee Fowler botched (a) his responsibilities in the search and (b) the transition to the new coach with our recruiting class who had signed LOIs that year).