Lowe resigns(J.P. Giglio); Decock: NC State needs to pursue Brad Stevens

This is both a sad and exciting day for the NC State community. All the authors of Statefansnation would like to thank Sidney Lowe and his staff for their efforts over the last 5 years. We also wish them the best in the future.

Credit goes to rswilli2(poster from www.Packpride.com for this shot of Mr. Wuf after Sidney’s last home game.


I am just adding links as the day progresses. Sorry for the lack of organization. Read from the bottom up if you want to go in chronological order.

Technician reports:

The source also said that two coaching candidates, Oliver Purnell of DePaul and Mike Brey of Notre Dame, have already expressed interest in in the job and have contacted Yow about the possible vacancy.

However, the N.C. State Athletics department deferred questions about possible coaching candidates to Yow.


NC State needs to pursue Brad Stevens:

Tom Crean has the recruiting pipeline open at Indiana. Purdue’s Matt Painter isn’t going anywhere. John Belein is hanging on at Michigan. So while Stevens may prefer to be patient, he shouldn’t wait until his moment has passed. Butler, after all, didn’t win the Horizon regular-season title this year and had to win its way into the NCAA tournament. The mid-major pyramid is not a stable one; the team at the top can topple at any time.

So if not the Big Ten, where? Why not the ACC? Why not N.C. State?

While the national media continues to denigrate the N.C. State job, for the right guy it has everything: glorious, if faded, tradition; resources and facilities; the challenge of coaching in the ACC and going head-to-head with two giants of the game on an annual basis. It’s a great job for someone willing to embrace that challenge.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/03/15/2143052/nc-state-needs-to-pursue-brad.html#ixzz1Gh2oBBii


Lowe resigns according to J.P. Giglio

RALEIGH — N.C. State needs a new basketball coach.

Sidney Lowe resigned on Tuesday, ending his tenure at his alma mater. He went 86-78 in five seasons, with a 25-55 mark in ACC play….

….Arizona coach Sean Miller, a former N.C. State assistant, and Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon, who once worked for Roy Williams at Kansas, are expected to be among Yow’s targets.

Picked to finish fourth in the ACC in the preseason, N.C. State posted a disappointing overall record of 15-16 and finished 10th in the ACC (5-11). After Thursday’s first-round loss to Maryland in the ACC tournament, Lowe spoke passionately about his love of the program and the hope for the program’s future.

“This is my school, I love this school,” Lowe said Thursday night in Greensboro. “It was my hope and dream to come back here and do something special again.”

I have to give Giglio credit for describing the program Sidney inherited accurately instead of trumpeting the world renowned “5 straight NCAAs” that so many lazy journalists have used over the years.

A tweet from DraftExpress regarding CJ Leslie:

DraftExpress: Despite Sidney Lowe’s imminent firing at NC State, C.J. Leslie will NOT be entering this year’s NBA draft, sources tell DraftExpress.
2011-03-15 01:39:17


Update 1:45 pm

    All over the Internet, TV and talk radio different folks are reporting that the anticipated meeting of Debbie Yow and Sidney Lowe ended around 1 pm today. Driving through campus today, I saw news trucks from TWC 14, WTVD11, and of course we all know that WRAL5 is immediately across Western Blvd from the Weisiger-Brown Athletics Building which is also the location of the Dail Basketball Practice Facility. Everyone is perfectly aware of the end result of this meeting, so none of this is actually news. However, these reports certainly represent the official beginning of the search process. Hang on to your hats.

    Reports are that a press conference will occur later today.

    Full link

    Despite a flurry of Internet reports that Lowe had been fired, the meeting between Yow and Lowe ended just after 1 p.m. and an official announcement was not expected until late Tuesday afternoon.

    If we don’t update the site frequently this afternoon, then please continue to the discussions in this entry and provide links to the press conferences, news articles, tweets, etc.

    Here is a link to names thrown out by the N&O.


      Earlier entry

    NC State basketball is in a time of transition. We all want a resolution yesterday, so we can be excited about having a new coach in place. It’s Human Nature 101 to fill the gap microanalyzing what’s being said (and not said), and freak out a little bit. This morning, I just wanted to remind everyone that there’s no need.

    Sidney Lowe will not return for a sixth season as NC State’s baketball coach. Both Yow and Lowe have known this for some time. As we’ve told you (with varying degrees of directness), the lawyers for each side have been working on the paperwork for quite some time. That part is 100% a done deal.

    Yow has made the strategic decision that she doesn’t want the job open long. I’m reasonably confident that NC State’s next head coach still has his dancing shoes on. I’m absolutely certain that our top targets all do. Thus, I would be surprised if the Lowe announcement is made before Thursday morning or Friday afternoon (when game action will absorb most of the local and national media energy). I would be equally surprised if we get any new, credible intel on where we stand with our main target(s) until early next week. Any random nonsense that you hear in between now and early next week is likely just that – random nonsense.

    Just relax, and remember that responsible adults are in charge this time. What a refreshing change, yes?

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1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

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208 Responses to Lowe resigns(J.P. Giglio); Decock: NC State needs to pursue Brad Stevens

  1. tractor57 03/15/2011 at 7:22 AM #

    As opposed to the last coaching search I’m happy to let the process work. I have faith in Yow and Woodson and will continue to have faith until proven otherwise. I have no idea who the candidates are but this time I have trust in the administration.

    Any coaching change in a major sport is a time of intense debate but to this point I see nothing to shake my belief that “this time its different”.

    After the last C-F of a coaching search I’m quite happy to not see a lot of chatter.

  2. Pack1997 03/15/2011 at 7:25 AM #

    This is why I love this site, providing enough information so we know what is going on, but no specifics so we don’t get in our own way. After previous searches I know people on here have inside information, and will inform us of what we need to know in due course. Keep up the good work and thanks for everything you do.

  3. AirWolf 03/15/2011 at 7:26 AM #

    As you said, the adults are in charge this time. The spectacle that Uncle Jed produced won’t be repeated. Good riddance to that lazy hack.

  4. Pack1997 03/15/2011 at 7:27 AM #

    More importantly I have faith SFN will let us know things when we need to know them. They always have, and are almost always right. Keep up the good work SFN, it’s why we love this site!

  5. Wufpacker 03/15/2011 at 7:45 AM #

    ^ Suck up

    (seriously j/k)

  6. anonimus 03/15/2011 at 7:47 AM #

    I heard Lee Fowler’s already dropped 5 pounds from the stress of this search.

  7. DRW 03/15/2011 at 8:14 AM #

    Has Lee Folwer said anything yet about the search?

  8. BureauOfMines 03/15/2011 at 8:30 AM #

    Fowler is probably still holed up at the lake house.

  9. tann84 03/15/2011 at 8:32 AM #

    @fernandopacker, Not many were sad but don’t read into that. Maryland fans are ignorant if they were happy that Yow left. Yow’s record speaks for itself, Maryland’s Athletic department was a mess when she got there. She not only turned it around but produce championships in sports even in a major sport like basketball. From a business side, Maryland was losing money from what I understand in athletics and she now left them in the red. She bumped heads with Gary but clearly that was to keep him on his toes. Many have said that Gary gotten too relaxed at his job, won’t recruit the top kids. He did great with what he had but he hasn’t had too many Juan Dixons and Steve Blakes coming to the school in recent years. Many believe that wasn’t because of chance but because of effort. Gary had developed the Coach K strategy to recruiting, only go after the kids who are dying to come here and are not one and done. Duke can do that and still get the same results, Maryland can’t. So I don’t blame her for trying to light a fire under Gary, its her job and one reason why we should be excited she’s our AD. She will not tolerate mediocrity. Isn’t that what we’ve been trying to come out of the last 20 yrs?

  10. Gene 03/15/2011 at 8:49 AM #

    “What has she done?”

    The woman’s basketball coach she hired won a National Title a few years ago.

    When was the last time a coach, one of AD’s hired, in any sport, won a National Title?

  11. Boyd 03/15/2011 at 8:58 AM #

    “Maryland was losing money from what I understand in athletics and she now left them in the red.”

    They were $50 Million in debt when she signed on. She completely erased that before coming here. I think it’s safe to say that there are some people that miss her.

  12. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 03/15/2011 at 9:02 AM #

    According to the news this morning Yow and Lowe are meeting this afternoon. I guess we should know something soon about Sid’s situation.

    Should we be concerned that Yow will double down and have Lowe bring in Whitt has his number two? Or that Yow will make the historic move and hire Kellie Harper to the men’s program and Sid will be taking over the Lady Pack in his triumphant return to Reynolds?

  13. Daily Update 03/15/2011 at 9:04 AM #

    Yes, she gave the Gary Williams who just missed the post-season for the 1st time in 18 years a hard time when he was sitting at 2-7 in the ACC two years ago.

    Lots of Maryland fans have been ready for Gary to retire for several years. Yow knew the end was approaching and wanted to make a change before the program got further removed from the national title. Change is coming at Maryland soon. They should have a pretty good team next year, so maybe he retires after next season. The last thing Maryland needs is a Bowden/FSU situation.

  14. Gene 03/15/2011 at 9:10 AM #

    “hired a womens coach who inherited 3 all americans?”

    Same thing can be said about Valvanno. It doesn’t make the 1983 National Title less his because his top players were recruited by Norm Sloan. Also, Maryland’s women’s team went to the Round of 8 in 2008 and 2009. That’s sustaining success from the 2006 National title. Debbie Yow made a good hire there.

  15. fernandopacker 03/15/2011 at 9:13 AM #

    It does matter ,what has she done since the israeli girl left? You said that was a reason to put faith in Yow.

  16. Gene 03/15/2011 at 9:19 AM #

    See above edit fernandopacker. Made correction. Maryland only made it to the Round of 8 in 2008 and 2009. Fairly deep tournament runs by our standards.

  17. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 03/15/2011 at 9:19 AM #

    I don’t know all of the names mentioned but this one caught my eye from a post on another board as someone that would love to come to Raleigh and also has a Purdue connection…


  18. Old MacDonald 03/15/2011 at 9:41 AM #

    Roo, I have no idea who you are or who your sources are, but you are way off the mark talking about the possibility of Lowe being retained.

  19. MattN 03/15/2011 at 9:55 AM #

    Lowe/Yow meet today around noon. Look for an official announcement by the close of business today. Current and future players will be updated before any “official” announcement.

  20. LRM 03/15/2011 at 9:57 AM #

    Unless the former players are Big Donors, I doubt it matters what they think.

    It’s also a prime example of why hiring “in the family” is such an awful idea: it breeds too much blind loyalty.

    “Our attendance, based on PAID ticket sales, is not that far down and certainly no worse that in the Sendek years. I have been told that some HS supporters still boycott the RBC, but have to purchase their tickets to keep the priority for football and also to keep the prime RBC seats. Thus, you see empty seats in the lower level, but they PAY for their tickets. The upper levels vary.”

    So they’re still paying for their tickets but boycotting the games? That’s how they’re sticking it to us? And those of us that wanted Sendek gone are the idiots?

  21. BJD95 03/15/2011 at 10:06 AM #

    Former players have more of an understanding of what it’s like to be a PLAYER. That’s it. It’s only natural that they empathize with a fellow former athlete. I understand it, but it’s irrelevant.

    Perhaps DY doesn’t need to raise the funds through the Wolfpack Club, which is why one could get misleading signals from that side of things.

    Sidney Lowe will absolutely not be our basketball coach next season. You can take that to the bank.

  22. howlie 03/15/2011 at 10:06 AM #

    Are you saying that the AD has anything to do with W’s & L’s of individual sports–& not just sell PSL’s to guarantee money coming in?
    Are you saying that AD’s get paid a quarter of a million dollars to have any influence over this kind of thing?
    Are you saying an AD should measure results; should have goals for the program s/he manages, & should expect results?
    Are you saying that AD’s should do more than simply help all the coaches know they are grateful to pick up a paycheck?

    You folks here are obviously disconnected with some of our fanbase…

  23. tvp1 03/15/2011 at 10:08 AM #

    LRM – agreed. I never understood former players to be synonymous with the WPC.

  24. packof81 03/15/2011 at 10:08 AM #

    Roo is right about former players supporting Lowe. They do. And his point is well taken that Yow ain’t going to hire someone unless it’s an improvement.

    Let’s consider worst case, that she doesn’t find anyone better or the money to pay them. If Lowe is retained for another year, doesn’t it stand to reason he would be kept until his contract expires?

  25. Wulfpack 03/15/2011 at 10:14 AM #

    One would have to go WAY down the list not to come up with someone better than Lowe. I do not want to be mean. I appreciate his efforts. But come on guys, he was nothing short of atrocious as a head basketball coach. So spare us all with that drivel. We WILL have a better coach than Lowe next year. And you can take that to the bank too.

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