Giglio: Miller and Turgeon are top two names

Link to J.P. Giglio’s twitter account.

Arizona’s Sean Miller and Texas A&M’s Mark Turgeon are the top two names in the search

Read BJD95’s earlier entry on Turgeon here.

Mark Turgeon – Probably should have been our “B List” hire the last time. Now, after some great work at Texas A&M (Wichita State before that), I put him on the “A List.” He’s a former Roy Williams assistant, which adds instant fuel to the rivalry fires, and will bring more national publicity our way. Probably more affordable (but not cheap), and perhaps the most upside. I could easily see him winning a national title here. Combo of being from a Hall of Fame “coaching tree” with head coaching success in his own right.

Read our entry this week on Miller here.


Sean Miller not interested in NC State

With the N.C. State head coaching job at last open, Arizona coach Sean Miller will not be interested in the position.

A source close to the U of A program told Sporting News that Miller does not want the job of replacing Sidney Lowe, who resigned Tuesday. Miller is pleased with the rapid development of the program at Arizona, which resulted in a Pacific-10 Conference championship in his second season.


Email from Yow to WPC members:

Dear #######,

Sent on behalf of the Athletic Director, Deborah A. Yow:

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that Sidney Lowe has stepped down from his position as head men’s basketball coach. Sidney is, and will always be, an important and valued member of the Wolfpack Family.

A national search for a new coach will begin immediately. Associate Head Coach, Monte Towe, will continue in his current role and lead the basketball program in the interim.

Thanks for your continued support of Wolfpack Athletics.

The press release is below.

In the Spirit of the Pack,

Lorenzo Brown interview.

Click here for press conference

Click here for video of Sidney at Weisinger-Brown.

Interview of Sidney outside Weisinger-Brown

Potential candidates from the N&O staff.

Pack parent: Lowe was too much of a perfectionist for his own good(Long interview must read!!)

On the initial reaction to the news of Lowe’s resignation: I have mixed emotions about this situation. Coach Lowe is the one who gave my son the opportunity to realize his dream of playing in the ACC. But on the other hand, I think he had a tough job coming from so many years of coaching in the NBA and then coming to college and coaching college players. To me it was pretty evident that while he learned some over the five years he was here, that there’s a big difference between coaching these college players and coaching in the NBA. So even though he had staff members who had some college experience, it seemed like he insisted on installing an NBA system. And it never really clicked. I don’t think he ever really had a chance of being as successful as he wanted, especially when you’re competing on a daily basis against the coaches at UNC and Duke, who have so much experience dealing with these college kids and understanding how to run a college system.

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49 Responses to Giglio: Miller and Turgeon are top two names

  1. mafpack 03/15/2011 at 6:33 PM #

    Trying to watch, the video keeps cutting in and out on me… keeps jumping ahead after pausing. Could just be my work network, or I guess it could be the total demand on WRAL’s servers…

  2. hoop 03/15/2011 at 6:53 PM #

    She did a good job of avoiding as much as possible references to previous coaching searches. There was one reference however when she mentioned that she wanted to make sure as much as possible that money would not be the limiting factor it has been in the past. Things that make you go Hmmmm.

  3. foz 03/15/2011 at 6:58 PM #

    Ah Hell, let’s just go ahead and take the “interim” off of Towes title. He does have head coaching experience.

  4. Icabod61 03/15/2011 at 6:58 PM #

    if that didn’t renew one’s faith in how things should be done, i don’t know what would.

    my favorite, paraphrased:
    Q: how do you answer if a candidate ask about how to compete with the 2 neighbors down the road?
    A: thank you for your limited interest in the job, this interview is over

  5. foz 03/15/2011 at 7:00 PM #

    who’s the guy from the west coast she referred to when asked about local knowledge for recruiting?

  6. STLPack01 03/15/2011 at 7:05 PM #

    @fox Mike Montgomery

  7. triadwolf 03/15/2011 at 7:06 PM #

    A small thing, but she used the word “we” an awful lot and it sounded sincere. I really think she gets it.

  8. Daily Update 03/15/2011 at 7:13 PM #

    Or Mark Few?

  9. BamaPack 03/15/2011 at 7:17 PM #

    I believe it’s Mark Few.

  10. Lunatic Fringe 03/15/2011 at 7:17 PM #

    In reading FayObs article: We are pretty lucky to have a solid guy like CJ returning next year and a pretty solid parent like his father. CJ, in many ways, acted more like a leader than the other two seniors.

    I do not intend that to be a shot at the seniors, but more as a compliment of CJ. I am glad CJ will be there to anchor us next year as a leader.

  11. Wulfpack 03/15/2011 at 7:18 PM #

    She did an outstanding job. She’s been prepping for this moment since she was hired. She knows the ropes. This is going to be an awesome couple of weeks. I am amped up.

  12. TheAliasTroll 03/15/2011 at 7:21 PM #

    i thought she was talking about Miller, when discussing the west coast guy

  13. Wulfpack 03/15/2011 at 7:21 PM #

    I particularly liked how she said she would publicly correct any coach that said he had been offered our job (to raise his own profile) when in fact he wasn’t. She put ’em on notice and isn’t messing around.

  14. john of sparta 03/15/2011 at 7:23 PM #

    Charlie Sheen: Winning!
    oh c’mon. let’s lighten up.
    and Assistant Coach Lohan.
    seriously: this better have
    been a Done Deal in February.

  15. mak4dpak 03/15/2011 at 7:25 PM #

    Monte had his chance at college coaching, and not much better than Lowe. No one who has ever coached on Sid’s staff should be considered for anything, as it is time for a new beginning.

  16. GAWolf 03/15/2011 at 7:25 PM #

    Likely Few.

    Debbie Yow just smashed that press conference out of the park. Smashed it…

  17. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 03/15/2011 at 7:27 PM #

    I like the way she handled the question about the fans by saying the it is positive to have a passionate fan base if you are winning and filling the RBC.

  18. NCSUPackfan 03/15/2011 at 7:30 PM #

    I think the biggest comment I heard was the interview with Lo Brown when he said that the team was lazy and that he thought of Lowe as a friend.

    That my friends is the reason our team underperformed this year. You do not work hard for your friends!! We need a coach who is a mentor not a friend. There is a difference.

  19. novawolf 03/15/2011 at 7:34 PM #

    Awesome article on CJ. Obviously good parenting. And a lot of insight from CJ and his Dad there. It’s gotta be hard for a coach (and fans) to understand that these are college students, at least at State they’re college students, who have actual college lives in addition to basketball. Which also makes it imperative that this time we get a real college coach!

  20. bravo 03/15/2011 at 7:39 PM #

    DY mentioned a coach being FROM California.

    Jamie Dixon is from California.

  21. MrPlywood 03/15/2011 at 7:43 PM #

    I liked:

    that DY and Towe kept private conversations private, and if they spoke of anything they paraphrased

    that DY does not feel the need to “sell” the job

    that she spoke of competitive excellence – and framed the job as an opportunity to achieve that

    that she had a short list and would work very hard to get someone on her wish list

    that she would correct coaches who said they’d been offered when in fact they hadn’t – LOVE that

    that she acknowledged that she has a strong personality, and that she gravitated to strong personalities

    that the search will not fail because they are not in the game financially

    that she LED that press conference – she set the tone and kept the questions in line

  22. john of sparta 03/15/2011 at 7:43 PM #

    from/to/for/with/about/adverb of your choice.
    this better be: “Oh, yeah. Him. I know him.”

  23. JeremyH 03/15/2011 at 7:49 PM #

    good start. let’s finish.

  24. GAWolf 03/15/2011 at 7:58 PM #

    Telep just tweeted:

    NC State went for conquering hero last time. This time feeling is established head coach will get the contract for the turnaround.

  25. john of sparta 03/15/2011 at 8:14 PM #

    it just hurts to watch UNC-A in the NCAA’s.

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