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 â€“ Probably should have been our â€œB Listâ€ hire the last time. Now, after some great work at Texas A&M (Wichita State before that), I put him on the â€œA List.â€ Heâ€™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 â€œcoaching treeâ€ with head coaching success in his own right.
Read our entry this week on Miller here.
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:
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,
On the initial reaction to the news of Loweâ€™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 thereâ€™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 donâ€™t think he ever really had a chance of being as successful as he wanted, especially when youâ€™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.