Fowler Comments On Rumors About Lowe & His Own Job Status

The rumor mill heated up fast and red-hot this morning with whispers that NC State head coach Sidney Lowe would be relieved of his duties sometime today.  It looks as though those rumors are false.

According to NC State Athletic Director Lee Fowler, in an article by ESPN’s Andy Katz:

“It started in the coaching circles.  I’ve had to tell [signee] Ryan Harrow’s mother three times this year that there is nothing to worry about.”

Negative Recruiting?

Katz posits that the rumors are part of negative recruiting, which indeed may be the case, considering that prized prospect, former NC State commitment and still undecided CJ Leslie has stated that he plans to make his college decision known in a little more than a week.  Or, perhaps, this may be a coach or coaches trying to poison the well for Sidney Lowe when it comes to a potential member of 2011 recruits, with the timing coming at the beginning of the off-season AAU circuits not far down the road.

Fear, uncertainty and doubt – or FUD, for short – is a tried-and-true disinformation tactic that has worked all too well in the past in industries ranging from computer software to college basketball, not to mention everything else in between.  That said, Katz may well be correct that today’s rumor was the result of negative recruiting by someone.  And while Katz doesn’t name names, it is interesting to note that CJ Leslie was visited here in Raleigh yesterday by Kentucky head coach John Calipari – a man well known for his hard-nosed recruiting style that is right on the edge of NCAA rules and some say common decency.

Or Hard Nose Negotiating?

Another theory is that perhaps Wake Forest is making a move on Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes, and that someone in Barnes camp is attempting to gain contract leverage for the NC native in any negotiations with the Demon Deacons.  If Barnes was being sought by two Big Four ACC schools, he would clearly have the upper hand in negotiations with either school, and the bidding would almost certainly run very high for his signature on a coaching contract.  Almost as good is the perception that there would be two Big Four schools interested in him…with an unsaid idea cast in Wake’s direction being “you better get him while you can, because NC State will be coming into play soon.”

Take your pick, or take none of the above but the bottom line is that either way, it looks like today’s rumor concerning Sidney Lowe was much ado about nothing.

Lowe Feels Upbeat

Lowe, for his part, had this to say to Andy Katz:

Lowe and top assistant Monte Towe said they’ve been deflecting the rumors for days.

“I’m feeling good and feeling as well as I’ve felt in a while and to hear this stuff is just disappointing,” Lowe said. “Credible coaches are saying it’s out there. We’re returning a lot, have won 20 games for the second time here and finished strong. We’re looking pretty good.’’

The timing for NC State is good too with the situations at Wake Forest, Clemson and Boston College in flux after all three had coaching changes.

“We feel like we have a chance to move up,” Lowe said. “We’re feeling really good about our situation.”

Lowe sounds as if he is speaking from a comfortable position, and he probably is comfortable, knowing that his job is secure for next season.

But Lee Fowler Just HAS To Talk About….Lee Fowler

Another interesting aspect of Katz’ article is that Lee Fowler used Katz’ conversation with him as a launching point to address his house being on the market:

“They’ve had me fired about seven times, too,” Fowler said. “I put my house on the market because our house is 4200 square feet and our kids are out of the house. That created a firestorm and yet we have a new chancellor here on Monday and there’s been no discussion about me.”

That I have a hard time believing, given the constant and consistent swell of rumors surrounding Lee Fowler.  A flash-fire rumor is one thing, and those can take on the nature of the children’s game of “telephone” where things are twisted out of control quickly.  A slow stream of rumors from people who ask not to be quoted directly and that anything they say be taken as background information is another, and those are the sorts of rumors that have been surrounding Fowler for months.  In that case, indeed, there are discussions — perhaps not official ones, but discussions nonetheless — about the state of athletics leadership at NC State and the consistently declining standing overall of State’s athletics program.

In any case, a man who has had ten years to build an athletics program that has resulted in a current ranking of 99th in the Directors Cup standings – 65th ranking out of 66 BCS schools – should never feel secure in his job, ever.  If Lee Fowler is secure in his leadership role, that probably speaks more about the university than it does him.  It’s difficult to believe that an institution that requires and demands excellence from its students and faculty to not require it in any form from the leader of its athletics programs.

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64 Responses to Fowler Comments On Rumors About Lowe & His Own Job Status

  1. PackHooligan 04/09/2010 at 1:29 PM #

    If the rumor did start in coaching circles, that is really rotten.

  2. Plz2BStateFan 04/09/2010 at 1:32 PM #

    I dislike Calipari for this type of stuff. Probably offered CJ a couple grand when he visited him this week as well.

  3. OAB 04/09/2010 at 1:37 PM #

    A couple? Dude, he probably gives him a couple grand just for visiting.

  4. LRM 04/09/2010 at 1:38 PM #

    Lee Fowler just bragged about the size of his house to a national media outlet. We’re so lucky to have such a stand-up guy as our “leader.”

  5. jbpackfan 04/09/2010 at 1:42 PM #

    I think it’s probably an unfounded rumor, but if you really read the quotes from the article, all it says is that there has been no discussion and that Fowler and Lowe aren’t aware that they are getting fired.

  6. one00_proof 04/09/2010 at 1:43 PM #

    Don’t discount the fact that Calipari had an in home with Leslie yesterday.

  7. Rick 04/09/2010 at 1:46 PM #

    In that article Fowler uses the words “I” or “our” or mentions himself no less than 9 times including assuring us he is not going anywhere, telling us how big his house is and how long he has left on his contract.

    His self obsession borders on pathological.

  8. Plz2BStateFan 04/09/2010 at 1:46 PM #

    This actually might show Cals hand. Why would this happen if there wasnt a real chance that CJ might come to State? Cal is obviously worried enough to do this crap on top of bribing him.

  9. quacko 04/09/2010 at 1:47 PM #

    if he’s bragging about his house size, i’m surprised he didnt mention the hotness of his daughters that moved out

    “They’ve had me fired about seven times, too,” Fowler said.

    then take a hint you incompetent, karaoke-singing, oil-in-the-ground-shooting yokel

  10. jbpackfan 04/09/2010 at 1:51 PM #

    Fowler loves talking smack about his school’s fans and trying to make us look bad. He clearly does not like people that support NC State. Has he ever made a positve statement in the media about NC State?

  11. one00_proof 04/09/2010 at 1:54 PM #

    Fowler mighta just sealed his unemployment fate for the rest of his life with that comment.

  12. Pack Mentality 04/09/2010 at 2:01 PM #

    An AD that is doing a good job does not have a self admiited 7 rumors about his firing.

  13. Old MacDonald 04/09/2010 at 2:13 PM #

    If something was going on with Lowe, *obviously* it would be Woodson doing it. Lame duck Fowler would not be in the loop anyway. So all that article proves is that Fowler is out of that loop (if something is going on).

  14. jbpackfan 04/09/2010 at 2:15 PM #

    I am concerned that Brown is not going to qualify, and we will be keeping Lowe for 1 recruit. I like Lowe, but 1 recruit is not going to get this thing turned around next year so we will essentially be wasting a season.

  15. tvp1 04/09/2010 at 2:22 PM #

    Comments from Jerry Meyer, the Rivals national hoops recruiting guy:

    “Rarely do you see a recruit go back to a school that he has decommitted from, but at the McDonald’s All-American Game last week there was a strong sentiment that Leslie will do just that. ”

    To me, this rumor smells like disinformation from an opposing coach in the CJL hunt.

  16. tvp1 04/09/2010 at 2:26 PM #

    Oh, and Fowler is a jackass, but we already knew that.

  17. Wulfpack 04/09/2010 at 2:27 PM #

    Lee Fowler’s quotes are just disgusting. How this guy is still employed by N.C. State is a direct slap in the face to everyone else associated with the university. He is an absolute elitist buffoon. He has totally sabbotaged athletics at my beloved institution and for that I despise him. Somebody PLEASE fire this clown.

  18. quacko 04/09/2010 at 2:28 PM #

    “I put my house on the market because our house is 4200 square feet and our kids are out of the house. That created a firestorm and yet we have a new chancellor here on Monday and there’s been no discussion about me. There was no discussion ever about Sidney not being the coach.’’ Coach Fowler was also reported to have commented on the pristine condition of his Dodge Stratus.

  19. McPete 04/09/2010 at 2:28 PM #

    So I’ve heard that no way does Lowe get fired when he’s bringing in a top 15 class (with the potential to be higher if CJL signs). Well, someone has to tell Ron Wellman about this rule, since Guadio had the #10 ranked class, according to coming in and it didn’t save his arse. But there I go trying to compare Wellman to Fowler.

  20. LRM 04/09/2010 at 2:32 PM #

    Everyone associated with this university should be disappointed and ashamed that our “leader” uses every opportunity in a public forum to disparage this fan base.

  21. thekind 04/09/2010 at 2:34 PM #

    Hey Fowl-up-
    You suck!

  22. tobaccordshow 04/09/2010 at 2:43 PM #

    Shoutout on WRAL

    “Fowler contract through 2013, so downsizing his living situation in Raleigh makes perfect sense. But a word of advice for Fowler when picking a moving company. Make sure none of the employees write for, or all of his furniture will end up in another state.”

  23. Alpha Wolf 04/09/2010 at 2:48 PM #

    ^ Yeah, Joe loves us.

  24. SaccoV 04/09/2010 at 2:49 PM #

    I’m going to compress my post over at the forum for the big blog in to two questions:

    1) Fowler claimed that “It [the rumors of Sid’s firing] started in the coaching circles.” What possible benefit could be gained by blaming “other coaches” for starting rumors about ours? I don’t buy the claim that this is “negative recruiting” because we don’t have anyone really on the fence (IMO, CJL is heading to Kentucky, and Lo Brown probably won’t qualify).

    2) Doesn’t the presence of these “rumors” about Sid make more sense if coaches WHO HAVE INTEREST (God, help them) in our job want to gauge possible reaction to their interest and want to do so WITHOUT LF’s input?

    Someone help me understand a bit better, if you can.

  25. jbpackfan 04/09/2010 at 2:53 PM #

    Only Woodson & Rick Barnes know about the firings. Fowler is right, it hasn’t been discussed. They’ll find out today at 5pm.

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