ACC Sports Journal Press Conference Recap (keep checking for more updates!)

For those that missed the press conference live or don’t have the time to watch or listen, then here is a great recap from the ACC Sports Journal of tonight’s impressive performance by AD Debbie Yow. Behind the scenes here at Statefansnation since her hire, the author team has talked continuously about what a difference having a real, live, professional athletic director has made in terms of how things are handled at the university and especially in terms of public communication such as tonight.

Yow’s Not Making A Sales Pitch:

This hypothetical situation was posed: ‘What if a candidate expresses concern about coaching down the road from Duke and UNC? What sort of pitch do you make?’

You could tell that Yow was waiting to pounce on this one.

“I don’t have a pitch. My pitch is thank you for your limited interest, and we’ll be moving on ” she said. “The last thing I need is to try to convince some guy, some coach that this is doable. I want someone with the vision, the passion, the chutzpah, to tell me, it’s doable.”

-Also, the ACC Sports Journal provide audio of the press conference in two links:

Part 1 and Part 2

-Here is a link to an interview with Julius Hodge from WRAL.

Packpride has a partial transcript of the press conference:

“No one who is a viable candidate who is coaching in the NCAA Tournament wants to do anything other than focus right now than trying to advance, and I understand that. I respect it. But we will be making some contacts, probably through the search firm, and we’ll be very respectful of their time.”


We led this entry with a picture of our current AD.  Here is a picture of our last one:



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64 Responses to ACC Sports Journal Press Conference Recap (keep checking for more updates!)

  1. Old MacDonald 03/15/2011 at 8:56 PM #

    The big loser at that press conference? Lee Fowler. Holy shit what a clown he was by comparison.

  2. BJD95 03/15/2011 at 8:58 PM #

    She said chutzpah. OK, there’s your answer. The next coach is top-notch mensch Seth Greenberg. 😉

  3. LRM 03/15/2011 at 9:01 PM #

    She clearly knows a thing or two about leadership.

  4. Daily Update 03/15/2011 at 9:05 PM #

    Wow. The Big Guns on this entry.

  5. CaptainCraptacular 03/15/2011 at 9:07 PM #

    Notice that she also mentioned -in regards to regional recruiting- a coach on the west coast who could plop down anywhere in the county and be successful recruiting and coaching. Probably a hint as to a coach on her short list, and possibly the ‘shocking’ already done hire already referred to in the other thread.

    Howland, Montgomery, Romar, Miller?

  6. skippyjon jones 03/15/2011 at 9:20 PM #

    THAT was how you hold a press conference with a departing coach and announcing how things will now be done.

    Thanks Dr Yow.

  7. MattN 03/15/2011 at 9:23 PM #

    Told you guys to relax. We have actual adults at the helm this go around….

  8. BJD95 03/15/2011 at 9:24 PM #

    I’ve said it once and I will say it again – any coach who is “worried” about being so close to Duke and UNC, or sees it as anything other than a positive is a guy who would have failed here anyway. Yow gets that.

  9. LRM 03/15/2011 at 9:29 PM #

    Look, the argument is always misconstrued anyway. We don’t expect to beat them every time, but we absolutely shouldn’t have three combined wins over them in a five year span (or, worse, eight combined wins over a 10 year span). We shouldn’t have that kind of failure rate against anyone, regardless of whether or not they’re our hated rival.

  10. wooviewolf71 03/15/2011 at 9:41 PM #

    First of all I want to say thanks to Sid for giving it your best shot and atleast bringing us the talent we need for a bright future at N.C. State. I wish you the best. Going forward, the future of N.C. State mens basketball program now is in Debbie Yows hands. Bring us a WINNER, which I have faith that you will. Me personally I did my own search, though I’m no professional. By reading bios, I came up with a list of my own. This is not all thats out there. Some names have already been mentioned and the top 4 are a given. Getting anyone of these guys IMO would put us in good shape. Assistants mentioned may be a toss up but definately good bios.

    1.Sean Miller: Arizona
    2.Jamie Dixon: Pitt
    3.Billy Donovan: Florida
    4.Rick Barnes: Texas
    5.Mark Turgeon: Texas A&M
    6.Billy Gillispie: Available
    7.Gregg Marshall: Wichita State
    8.Dave Rose: BYU
    9.Mike Brey: Notre Dame
    10.Buzz Williams: Marquette
    11.Scoot Drew: Baylor
    12.Brad Stevens: Butler
    13.Chris Mack: Xavier
    14.Chris Mooney: Richmond
    15.Robert Burke: St.Marys
    16.Mark Few: Gonzaga

    1.Pat Skerry: Pitt
    2.Scott Spinelli: Texas A&M
    3.Casey Alexander: Belmont
    4.Scott Garson: UCLA
    5.Mark Montgomery: Michigan State
    6.Lewis Preston: Penn State
    7.Matt Zimmerman: Missouri
    8.Chris Jans: Wichita State

  11. ncsu05mit10 03/15/2011 at 9:47 PM #

    I’m curious what many of the “insiders” here have to say after the PC– the search firm (which some said either we had already hired or we would not use), the list of coaches (with some saying it’s already a done deal), the amount of money at our disposal and which boosters are involved…

    Have today’s events changed any of those opinions; have they been reinforced?

  12. choppack1 03/15/2011 at 9:49 PM #

    Hell yea.

    Good gosh. We have professionals….What a refreshing difference.

    I love the answer. I don’t know what else to say other than this was handled beautifully.

    I hate that it didn’t work out for Lowe, but he handled this with class as well.

    As for Lee and Oblinger – well, there you go boys, this should tell you something.

  13. NCSU84 03/15/2011 at 9:51 PM #

    I hope we do not pass on someone just because they express “some” concern about Duke and UNC. Is it not human nature to wonder how the local competition is going to impact recruiting? Having said that, I do not think it should be a big concern. But if a coach raises the question, I hope Debbie is not so quick to show him the door. However, if it is a major concern during the interview process, then toss him out.

  14. cWOhLFrPAiCKs 03/15/2011 at 9:56 PM #

    Every candidate was put on notice tonight that if they have concerns about recruiting/playing against UNC and Duke, they need not apply. Why bother interviewing someone who doesn’t really have what it takes to get it done at NC State. Can’t wait to see the fire and passion re-instilled into this team and program. It’s time!

  15. tractor57 03/15/2011 at 9:58 PM #

    I disagree in every way possible.

    ANY coach who raises such concerns is not desirable – period.

  16. Wulfpack 03/15/2011 at 10:03 PM #

    Debbie made it clear that you have to crawl before you walk – that if you are at least competitive within the conference, in time we will be competitive with our neighbors to the west. She also made it clear that she is looking for one with a proven track record; someone who has won at every stop along the way. So our hope is we are “competitive” in a relatively short amount of time, and at least positioned to battle the blues with a fighter’s chance by the 2nd or 3rd year. There is a reality to this, and Yow gets that. But she will also not settle for anything less. Remember, Gary took it to them for a time there. She’ll find the right guy with the right vision. And we will no longer have to worry about UNC bashing us every time out. She’s just awesome.

  17. NCSU84 03/15/2011 at 10:06 PM #

    I selected my words carefully and I stated “some” concern. “Some” concern could be a simple question like “Does NCSU have to play Duke AND UNC twice every year?” A legitimate question which should not rule out a potential candidate.

  18. tractor57 03/15/2011 at 10:11 PM #

    and I selected my words with care as well

    I understand your concern but if a prospective states such I think that is the kiss of death – understand the challenge, be the challenge

  19. ringo 03/15/2011 at 10:12 PM #

    Just when I thought I was out, she somehow reeled me back in!

  20. McCallum 03/15/2011 at 10:13 PM #

    If she didn’t talk about the hidden social pressure caused by free on line dating then she missed a bunch.


  21. Wufpacker 03/15/2011 at 10:19 PM #

    ” “Some” concern could be a simple question like “Does NCSU have to play Duke AND UNC twice every year?” A legitimate question which should not rule out a potential candidate. ”

    Not at all a legitimate question. After hearing what she said, if they’re too stupid to look this up on their own before meeting with her, then their general ability to prepare should be immediately called into question.

    If they want to request information regarding certain things (including certain things about the rivalry with Duke and/or UNC)…then yeah, fine. If it comes across as concern, however, I hope she crosses them off the list before they are even out the door.

  22. choppack1 03/15/2011 at 10:20 PM #

    NCSU84 – I want someone who is looking forward to that challenge – not someone concerned about it.

    There’s a great story about Coach K pacing around watching TV when Dean won a championship and wanting to win that championship so bad, he can’t sleep at night….That’s the guy I want.

    I want a coach who is going to breed a toughness we haven’t seen in Raleigh in a long time. I want teams to NOT look forward to playing us. You know, the kind of time that even if you beat them, you knew you were in a dog fight.

  23. wolfwarrior 03/15/2011 at 10:29 PM #

    Damn right.
    A real honest to God leader at the AD slot at State; one who has polish and professional instincts and guts and who knows the media and coaches.
    Man. it’s been a long, long time!

  24. tvp1 03/15/2011 at 10:39 PM #

    Not much to say other than Debbie just absolutely crushed that press conference. Every answer was dead nuts on. Poised, confident, candid.

    I am not concerned in the slightest after watching that.

  25. Sweet jumper 03/15/2011 at 10:41 PM #

    Wow! She blew that Press Conference away. What a difference. Monte was very impressive. You could feel his love for the Pack. Strickland and Harris were not mentioned, so I guess they are gone immediately with Sid. I have total confidence in Dr. Yow to hire a great coach who will kick ass and take names later. Go Pack!

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