Sidney Lowe scathed in national media

As NC State’s Men’s Basketball team prepares for a HUGE opportunity (without Tracy Smith) tonight at Syracuse (click for preview), the hangover from the unacceptable performance at Wisconsin continues.

During the Wisconsin game, I thought color commentator, Dan Dakich, did an excellent job of pointing out NC State’s lack of heart, effort, defense and structure without being excessively critical or attacking.  (I need to hear more, but I think I really liked what Dakich brought to the commentating booth).  Now, college basketball observers and writers around the country are slowly starting to write honest assessments as opposed to the usual homer stuff.

Indianapolis sports personality and sportswriter, Kent Sterling, pulled no punches in this piece proclaiming “North Carolina State Basketball Thrashed by Wisconsin; Sidney Lowe Owes Me Two Hours!”.

Kent, NC State Basketball owes me TWENTY F***ING YEARS and untold thousands of dollars; so get in the back of the *******  line.

Everything below this point are selected quotes from Sterling that have been abridged to focus on the Wolfpack; so, the delusional NC State homers who can excuse and rationalize anything can go argue with Sterling.  The overall entry is fantastic as it focuses on officiating and ancillary items that go on around a basketball game since NC State didn’t show up to play an actual basketball game.   —————–

Last night, I sat on the baseline, with referee Ted Valentine’s ass an uncomfortable four inches from my face to watch the least passionate basketball performance I have ever seen as North Carolina State was too lazy and indifferent to even roll over for Wisconsin.

The ACC is struggling early, and I’m owed part of my life back.

Watching the Wolfpack last night was a total waste of time for the 17,000-plus in the Kohl Center.  The crowd never got involved because their was never any doubt what was happening.  NC State didn’t even go through the motions of playing defense.  Wisconsin knocked down open shots like they were at a shootaround, and coach Sidney Lowe’s energetic behavior on the sidelines was the closest thing to defending the Badgers that fans saw.

As the minds of NC State’s players obviously wandered, so did mine.

I’m mystified by basketball played with such apathy.  It was impossible to get any kind of gauge on whether Wisconsin is any good.  A guy after the game asked me what I thought of Wisconsin.  I said, “They sure can hit uncontested shots.”

There is a sophomore from Marion, Indiana, on the NC State team who played with some effort, but because seeing any effort was startling, it was impossible to tell how deep he was digging.  To say that NC State played like an AAU team is unfairly damning to AAU basketball.

Getting beat is one thing, but playing 40 minutes like it just doesn’t matter is inexcusable.  Maybe no one in the research Triangle gives a damn about NC State basketball, but if I were a fan, my clock on Sidney Lowe would be ticking regardless of the strength of his recruiting.  Great athletes playing like they don’t care can get beat by 40 just as easily as bad talent giving 100%, but the latter is more fun to watch.

Fans pay good money for tickets, and watching that slop wasn’t worth what I paid for a media credential.

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57 Responses to Sidney Lowe scathed in national media

  1. TOBtime 12/04/2010 at 8:33 AM #

    The truth hurts.

    As much as I hate to admit it Lowe is done. I felt the same way after the Southern Miss loss in Chucks final year. Some things, and especially in light of the cumulative effect, are inexcusable. Sid better have a Final 4 run in the works to make people forget this game and overcome the reality of how bad our BB program is.

  2. fullmoon1 12/04/2010 at 8:53 AM #

    Sad but True. I wanted my two hours back as well. My favorite quote from the piece was …”Valentine is an ass-hat whose behavior implies that showmanship outweighs legitimacy in his mind”.

  3. Rick 12/04/2010 at 8:53 AM #

    If you cannot coach marginally talented players why would anyone thing you can coach talented ones?

  4. WestCoast 12/04/2010 at 9:00 AM #

    Talent with zero heart. Simply embarrassing. They should better play with fire today after getting it handed to them by Wisconsin, but that’s up to Coach Lowe. Start the walk-ons, whatever you have to do, get the team motivated or this should be his last year.

  5. Wulfpack 12/04/2010 at 9:21 AM #

    Yet, he’s STILL spouting off about how it was about effort.

    Want to know why? Because if it is about effort, he KNOWS that responsibility falls squarely on his shoulders. A public admission that his team played without effort is an indictment on his abilities as a head coach. That’s why you’ll never hear him say it.

  6. BAM 12/04/2010 at 9:58 AM #

    I’m not jumping off the bandwagon until February. Yes, this past week sucked, but it’s no use giving up now. We’re stuck with Sid for the remainder of the season. Well, actually, Yow has the brass gonads to send him packing tomorrow, so, on second thought I think I’ll be getting off at the next stop. Good luck Sid!

  7. wolfdog1 12/04/2010 at 9:59 AM #

    We are a few months from finding out what kind of Athlethic Director we have. Football and Basketball leadership is pathetic. 8-4 7-5 5-7, thats ok we getting better. Now basketball. Just sit back an get ready for a few more months of the good oh sky blue boys from Chapel Hill. Oh we don’t like them, really!! They do have the good since to hire competent coaches. Oh but we are going to get better!!!!!!!!!!

  8. graywolf 12/04/2010 at 10:12 AM #

    Wolfdog1 “We are a few months from finding out what kind of Athlethic Director we have.”

    We know what kind of chancellor we have in Woodson. He pulled the trigger on “uncle jed” and I don’t think he would hesitate telling the AD to do the same with Lowe. TOB gets another year at least to prove himself. But, if he falters next year then we may be saying the same thing in the fall of 11 that we are saying now regarding Lowe.

  9. fullmoon1 12/04/2010 at 10:14 AM #

    ^ I am not so sure about those UNC hires “competent coaches” though. Roy is in full meltdown mode in december just like last year. Butch has a little scandal brewing. They have a whole nother set of problems over there.

  10. tractor57 12/04/2010 at 10:21 AM #

    I also thought Dakich did a good job bring to light the obvious issues without “piling on”. I would like to see more of him.
    I bailed at the half and I guess I missed the worst of the worst.

  11. StateFans 12/04/2010 at 10:29 AM #

    I am with BAM. No reason to proclaim anything definite before the end of the season. But, it doesn’t mean that we can’t/don’t talk about things as they happen.

    Regardless, it appears Sidney/NC State is digging themselves a hole early.

    Of course, a win tonight reverses everything and actually puts us ahead of schedule for tracking to an NCAA berth.

  12. Wisc-Wolf 12/04/2010 at 10:48 AM #

    It is impossible to defend Lowe after the Wisconsin game. This was especially tough for me since my wife and all of my inlaws are Wisconsin graduates. I had to send out a mass e-mail Thursday acknowledging the thrashing State received.

    Having said that if they come out tonight and play like I think they are capable of playing I may be able to then defend Lowe. Even without Smith there is enough talent on this team to play with any team in the Country. Outside of Duke there is no other great team in college basketball and as said here previously there is nothing else in the ACC.

  13. BJD95 12/04/2010 at 10:49 AM #

    State plays 4 OOC games against nationally relevant teams (AZ still to come). One would have to think winning at least 1 of the 4 is a prerequisite, especially after Wisconsin beat us like a rented mule.

    I will check the blog to see how things progress today, but I certainly plan to watch SC/Aubie.

    Lowe’s delusions about effort level – and that the problem is toughness, which he can’t coach (or apparently be expected to identify in the recruiting process – are clearly reaching Tobias Funke levels. No word as to whether he is devising a 100 percent natural good-time family band solution. Just pass me the Teamocil already.

  14. ryebread 12/04/2010 at 11:09 AM #

    Outside of the effort comments, I’m not sure how I’d have dealt with the media much differently… There’s an appropriate external and an appropriate internal message. If SL understands anything, it’s how to do an interview.

    Let’s let the season play out. If we make the NCAA’s from where we’re at right now, SL will have this team on an upswing and deserves another year. If we don’t, then it is time to part ways (sadly I might add).

    BJD: I agree with you re. the OOC games. We have 4 real ones and due to the pathetic showing of the ACC (currently the 4th strongest league), we really, really need to win 2 of those. If not, we could feasibly go 10-6 in the league and not make it (ah la VT last year). Since the rise of the mid-majors, middling teams from the weaker major conferences aren’t getting the benefit of the doubt. Smaller leagues are getting two bids instead — and often those champions are finding a way to beat the middling major conference teams.

    That’s why I hate it when so many people downplay the importance of the OOC schedule. It’s critically important for any bubble team. What happens now could very well seal the fate of this season. That’s why Wisconsin, GT and Syracuse tonight weren’t “just one games.” They’re the clear measuring stick for our team given the ACC’s weakness.

  15. state73 12/04/2010 at 11:14 AM #

    AD Yow has a difficult job ahead of her. A basketball team with no defense, no passion, and no heart,and head in the sand coaching.

  16. bradleyb123 12/04/2010 at 11:28 AM #

    Sidney Lowe is a gift that keeps on giving. One last slap in the face from Lee Fowler. I’m done defending Sidney. I still think he was worth keeping through this year (until the F-D and Wisc games) because of what we had returning and our incoming cast of players. We have talent now that should be appealing to the next coach, should we get one. And it looks like that time is fast approaching.

    This was only one loss, even if it felt like about five. We can still get it together and have a good season. I’m just not expecting that any more.

    But a couple of things about the Wisconsin game… they shot 70% from 3-pt land. And they rarely got called for a foul. I’m not blaming this loss on officiating. But they did come out and play inspired ball, and they may have had some calls going their way, too. That makes for a perfect storm. And if our guys were getting called for touch fouls, it is understandable that maybe they wouldn’t play all-out defense, for fear of all the touch fouls.

    But that still doesn’t excuse losing by 40.

  17. BAC79 12/04/2010 at 11:30 AM #

    What amazes me the most is after 4 years so many people are surprised at how we play. This years team looks like the last four except you “could argue” this team has more talent.

    A good solid coach takes what he has every year and makes them better. We haven’t seen that in four years. Why are we expecting a different result?

  18. LKNpackfan 12/04/2010 at 11:31 AM #

    Another national columnist, Jeff Goodman with Fox Sports, piles on:
    [Adam Gold] to @goodmanonfox — I still support Sidney Lowe.
    Jeff to [Gold] me: Why?

  19. Packfan28 12/04/2010 at 11:40 AM #

    To follow up on BJD’s point, if we don’t win one of the four (rather the two remaining) quality OOC games, and given the mediocrity of the ACC this year, it will take 10 conference wins to get in the tournament. Outside of Duke every team is beatable, but based on YTD performance, every game is loseable as well.

  20. StateFans 12/04/2010 at 11:44 AM #

    state73 said: “AD Yow has a difficult job ahead of her. A basketball team with no defense, no passion, and no heart,and head in the sand coaching.”

    With all respect…what is ‘difficult’ about that situation?

    If we continue to lose, there couldn’t be a more easy, clear decision in front of her.

    I don’t understand what is difficult.

  21. BJD95 12/04/2010 at 11:50 AM #

    It won’t be difficult at all, very very easy decision. I don’t know of any big donors who would stand in her way, either. She gets a prime opportunity to put her stamp on a high profile revenue sport. I would think she would relish that chance.

    I hope she has a nice “cloak and dagger” lunch with Sean Miller when he’s in town.

  22. Baylisascaris 12/04/2010 at 12:02 PM #

    I have been hoping against hope that Lowe could find a way to figure this out and roll out some semblance of a well coached team. It is painfully obvious now that is not going to happen. This season is going to be a spectacular train wreck. I was thinking along the same lines as BJD95. Sean Miller would be #1 on my list.

  23. Pack Mentality 12/04/2010 at 12:10 PM #

    I do not believe this is our most talented team under Lowe. I believe the team that finished last place with 9 straight losses to end the season was his most talented team.

  24. PoppaJohn 12/04/2010 at 12:56 PM #

    ^ Huh???

    Dumping Sid mid-year is really not an option, (revenue, recruits, etc.) so he’s got this year to prove himself. I’d love to see it, but …

    However, we do have talent which might be attractive to potential coaching hires. “Coach2011” could come in and be good right away.

  25. 1.21 Jigawatts 12/04/2010 at 1:13 PM #

    It’s pretty simple for me this year. Make the NCAAT or get fired. Nothing else matters.

    Why? Simple, if they don’t learn to play with enough passion to care, defend, rebound, run an offensive set, etc., if they can’t do those things then they won’t win enough to make the tournament. So all the other stuff is just what adds up to winning and making the NCAAT. If he doesn’t make the tournament then he didn’t do a good enough job coaching to keep his job. Remember, this is year 5 and all of these guys are HIS players. It’s not about growing, it’s not about showing improvement. At this point it’s all about winning and making the NCAAT.

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