Debbie Yow to be named NC State AD Friday


WRAL is now confirming that Debbie Yow will become NC State’s next AD.


About four hours ago we hit our message forums and Twitter account guiding you that something was breaking in the search for NC State’s Athletics Director.

Around 8:25 pm this evening, the N&O’s Joe Giglio posted a blog entry titled, N.C. State AD search closes in on Maryland’s Yow

Maryland’s Debbie Yow has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Lee Fowler as N.C. State’s athletic director.

The Terrapins have won 17 national titles in Yow’s 16-year tenure at the ACC school, including one in men’s basketball (2002) and women’s basketball (2006).

Yow confirmed Thursday night that she has been contacted by N.C. State.

“N.C. State has expressed interest in me, yes, but at this time that’s all I can say,” Yow said. “It’s flattering that they have interest.”

Yow’s late sister, Kay, was the legendary women’s basketball coach at N.C. State.

Also this evening, “” has taken the news a few steps further reporting that Yow is expected to take the NC State AD Job.

University of Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow will be introduced shortly as the new A.D. at North Carolina State, multiple sources have told

N.C. State could officially announce the hire Friday. A source close to the Maryland athletic department said Yow told her staff she will be in North Carolina Friday for unspecified reasons, and a news conference at N.C. State could take place as soon as Friday afternoon.

Speaking to Terrapin Club members at Thursday night’s previously scheduled meeting, Yow did not confirm that she will take the N.C. State position, but a source said was emotional in her address.

Current N.C. State athletic director Lee Fowler, who announced his resignation on May 4, will leave his post on June 30.

Yow interviewed at N.C. State two weeks ago, according to a source, but she denied doing so to The Baltimore Sun in a June 14 article.

“I have not interviewed with the N.C. State Search committee and, in the past, have likewise declined to be interviewed by other universities who have shown interest in me,” she told The Sun.

Yow, who took over the post in 1994, is in her 16th year at Maryland. Her tenure has been defined by widespread expansion and success of the athletic department and an emphasis on reducing past debt and maintaining a balanced budget.

But a recent high-profile spat with basketball coach Gary Williams and a failed attempt to buy out football coach Ralph Friedgen exacerbated tension between her, the school’s most powerful coaches and the Maryland fan base.

In her time at Maryland, the athletic department expanded to include 27 teams and became one of most successful in the ACC and the country, winning 20 national championships in six different sports since 1995.

Yow oversaw the building of the Comcast Center, which opened in 2002, and the expansion of Byrd Stadium’s Tyser Tower to include 64 suites, which was completed last year. Numerous other athletic facilities upgrades have been completed under her watch.

Her efforts in building up Maryland’s athletic department were overshadowed in recent years by often public riffs between the basketball program and the athletic department.

The tension came to a head in January of 2009, when a back-and-forth between Williams and associate athletic director Kathy Worthington spurned a media firestorm. Additionally, high-ranking boosters told then that Yow contacted them in an effort to raise funds for a buyout of Williams. Yow denied the report.

Yow’s current contract at Maryland, last amended Jan, 17, 2007, expires Aug. 31, 2013.

Early indication, according to a source, is that Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway, who graduated from Maryland in 1981 and received a Master’s from the school in 1991, would be a prime target. It is too early, however, to determine Maryland’s course of action, as it has yet to name a replacement for outgoing school president Dan Mote, who retires effective Aug. 31.

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94 Responses to Debbie Yow to be named NC State AD Friday

  1. dbo2874 06/24/2010 at 8:22 PM #

    16 national championships in 15 years….. we wanted a winner, right?

  2. islandbreeze 06/24/2010 at 8:27 PM #

    NCSU athletics, where incomptence is rewarded.

  3. packplantpath 06/24/2010 at 8:32 PM #

    Well, the new chancellors first new hire is ….. underwhelming.

  4. StateFans 06/24/2010 at 8:45 PM #

    It is not his first new hire. We have a new Alumni Director as well.

  5. 61Packer 06/24/2010 at 8:47 PM #

    Please say this isn’t so…….

  6. tuckerdorm1983 06/24/2010 at 8:52 PM #
  7. Wulfpack 06/24/2010 at 8:58 PM #

    “Well, the new chancellors first new hire is ….. underwhelming.”

    Agreed. Didn’t make much of splash there, did we? Man, we are perpetually cursed.

  8. BamaPack 06/24/2010 at 8:58 PM #

    Maryland fans are giddy. Kind of like us when Herb was hired away.

  9. Plz2BStateFan 06/24/2010 at 9:00 PM #

    I honestly can’t comment because who the he’ll can definitivly say it’s a good or bad hire. I need some sort of resume or someone to tell me why this person was chosen.

  10. old13 06/24/2010 at 9:04 PM #

    Well, at least UM’s Directors’ Cup position under DY is currently #27 and not somewhere below the cellar!

  11. Plz2BStateFan 06/24/2010 at 9:06 PM #

    Yea I just looked at that. The directors cup standings for maryland are much much better than ours. And I beleive she has been there a while to be able to take credit for them.

    Fowler gone though. Just keep rememberingthat

  12. Tampa-Pack 06/24/2010 at 9:10 PM #

    Not saying its a good or bad hire, but it is an upgrade. Per the Director’s Cup standings anyway.

    From the thread on the forums:

    June 23rd update is out and State is now #95

    3. Virginia
    7. Florida St
    9. North Carolina
    10. Duke
    27. Maryland
    41. Virginia Tech
    43. Georgia Tech
    52. Wake Forest
    54. Clemson
    59. Boston College
    62. Miami
    95. NC State

  13. WTNY 06/24/2010 at 9:10 PM #

    *sigh* I guess I’ll see how she does but this is baffling.

    Feels like we hired the TOB of ADs.

  14. Plz2BStateFan 06/24/2010 at 9:11 PM #

    Is there anyway to get to the forum section viewing this site with a smart phone?

  15. wirogers 06/24/2010 at 9:16 PM #

    This is not good. Talking to my friends in the Terp club, they are as glas to see her go as we were to see Herb leave.

    I hope this is not a make up hire to the Yow family.

    Does not make me warm and fuzy!!!

  16. Wolf-n-Atl 06/24/2010 at 9:22 PM #

    One thing is for sure, it is not unifying the fanbase.

  17. Wulfpack 06/24/2010 at 9:28 PM #

    If she was the best candidate for the job and there was a consensus, so be it. But I would really like to know how this came to be. Seems a little fishy to me. We’ll all know a lot more soon.

    She has done a fine job at Maryland. However, I know a lot of Twerps that simply don’t care for her. And the Terp football program has been pretty miserable. Red flags for sure. Bottom line: Can she objectively evaluate the entire NCSU athletics department and make the necessary changes?

  18. one00_proof 06/24/2010 at 9:42 PM #

    ^^– If anything it REEKS of a makeup hire to the Yow family. Multiple sources have confirmed that Yow was NOT on the list of candidates given to Woodson.

    Like someone said before, Fowler was taking the fall for the cancer infesting NC State. Looks like the cancer is still very much there.

  19. Wulfpack 06/24/2010 at 9:50 PM #

    ^Excellent point. I’ve said that many times. So sad indeed. LF was surely bad, but I think we have a hell of a lot of other problems that need to be addressed, but it won’t happen. Plagued.

  20. 61Packer 06/24/2010 at 9:56 PM #

    This is another political correctness hire at NCSU.

  21. tuckerdorm1983 06/24/2010 at 10:12 PM #

    gary has been pretty good, but ralph has sucked

  22. Dogbreath 06/24/2010 at 10:22 PM #

    We will see. All I know is that she’s not an ignorant, foul, fried catfish-eating, lazy, cougar-hunting redneck. So its definitely a step up.

  23. Romulus 06/24/2010 at 10:26 PM #

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. I have a hard time believing she was truly the best candidate. In an ever changing world, count on State to perpetuate the same old, same old… I think I will change my last name to Yow and apply for an associate A.D. position.

  24. wufpup76 06/24/2010 at 10:31 PM #

    ^But do we know *for sure* what DY does in her spare time??? 🙂

    God Bless!

  25. Plz2BStateFan 06/24/2010 at 10:55 PM #

    As far as the Maryland fan base not caring for their AD, you have to take that with a grain of salt. We are talking about Maryland fans here.

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