The Farewell Tour, She Is Over

Thursday, March 10, 2011. The last whistlestop on the Sidney Lowe farewell tour was Greensboro, where Gary Williams continued to bat 1.000 against Lowe. In a game that was nothing short of frightening aesthetically, your final score is Maryland 75, NC State 67. Your final record is 15-16. The game was a microcosm of the season, the season a microcosm of the Lowe era. Perfectly representative on all counts.

Sidney Lowe was a well-liked former player, and a sympathetic, enduring tie to the magic of 1983. He was also in WAY over his head, and while Lee Fowler didn’t do him any favors…Lowe didn’t do much to help himself, either. So I’m not here to praise him, or to kick him while he’s down (for the count). Just to metaphorically shake his hand and wish him well in his future NBA endeavors.

And a sincere thank you to Tracy Smith and Javi Gonzalez for doing your best for your four years at NC State. I’m sorry you weren’t in uniform for the coming resurrection, but I do hope you’ll come back to see it live.

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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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49 Responses to The Farewell Tour, She Is Over

  1. wolfwarrior 03/11/2011 at 3:52 AM #

    Unbelievable 5 long years.
    Out with the old,
    In with the new.
    Time to see real excellent leadership in action: AD DY & CH RW.
    Can’t wait to see their choice.
    Let’s hope and pray it ‘s a great one!

  2. Avid109 03/11/2011 at 5:57 AM #

    FWIW, WSJS morning newsman Smith Patterson has reported that Coach Lowe has been asked to resign and that an informal search for a replacement is well underway. This information came in their local news segment instead of the sports report. It sounds like Yow has all of her ducks in a row.

    It’s sad that Lowe couldn’t get the job done, but our program needs better leadership.

  3. Gene 03/11/2011 at 7:16 AM #

    Two thumbs up for Sid for uniting what was a bitterly divided fanbase, prior to his hire.

  4. Hamlet 03/11/2011 at 7:22 AM #

    ^Gene, we you being sarcastic? United? How? When?

    If you mean now, absolutely, Lowe did unite the fan base. ALL of us Pack fans are united in wanting a change and looking forward to the next hire.

  5. PackerInRussia 03/11/2011 at 7:26 AM #

    So…does this mean no one’s giving him a chance at being back for another season?

  6. VaWolf82 03/11/2011 at 7:42 AM #

    Five years on the job
    0 trips to the NCAAT
    Top 10 recruiting class on top of another good class
    Worst ACC in a decade

    Five conference wins.

    So I think that chances of Sid coming back are slim and none…and Slim has left the building.

  7. PoppaJohn 03/11/2011 at 7:52 AM #

    Don’t forget Monte – thanks for giving it your best shot

  8. patientwuf 03/11/2011 at 8:49 AM #

    Kudos to Sid for bringing talent back to Raleigh. At least our new coach will have something to work with.

    Good Luck Sid

  9. Wulfpack 03/11/2011 at 9:03 AM #

    Zero chance Sid returns. This season was a total failure. He had the talent to win, along with a very down ACC. We held serve in the 10 spot. That’s not going to get it done.

    I appreciate his efforts but it is time to move on. This was a failed experiment.

  10. Texpack 03/11/2011 at 9:07 AM #

    My dream scenario when Sidney took the job five years ago was to watch our rebuilt program in the Final Four here in Houston this year. My Dad was able to watch his NC State classmate, Norman Sloan, lead the Wolfpack to a National Championship and I was hopeful of the same. This was a sad result, but I do believe there is enough talent on the roster for our next coach to have success in year one. Good Luck to Sidney Lowe in whatever he does from this point forward. His efforts to remind people of NC State Basketball’s rightful place were greatly appreciated.

  11. NSFwolf37 03/11/2011 at 9:09 AM #

    I see all these people floating around the possibility of Wood leaving. I have no clue why he would leave becausr any new coach would implement some plays in which he would be able to get open shots.

  12. Scooter 03/11/2011 at 9:19 AM #

    When Herb left, there was everything but dancing in the streets. This feels a lot worse than that. Without question, his teams have under-performed. Especially this year. But he gave it all he had at a time when no-one would touch the NCSU coaching job in a hazmat suit. Is it time for a chance? Certainly. But it doesn’t feel good to have to do it. All we can hope for is that he is allowed dignity upon his exit and that Debby keeps the coaching search quiet. Unlike the last one…

  13. anti-smurf 03/11/2011 at 9:26 AM #

    Thank you Sid! You gave it everything you had. Wolfpack Nation appreciates all that you did for us. I was a big fan growing up, and I still cherish those memories of watching him play.

    I have total faith that Yow will find us the right coach, and Sid has left the cupboards pretty stocked.

    Sid is a big part of Wolfpack Nation, and there is no doubt he truly LOVES this school. Nobody feels worse about things than he does, and I’m glad to see he’s getting the respect and appreciation he deserves.

    Sid – I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

  14. Prowling Woofie 03/11/2011 at 10:03 AM #

    Possibly the greatest thing he did as a coach was to instill a sense of NC State’s basketball history in his charges this year. The trips to Case’s and Valvano’s graves were strokes of genius.

    Sorry he couldn’t bring about a successful season with this group – they seem to be a talented bunch – but at least they know where NC Stae basketball came from, and where it needs to return. It’s up to them to get us there.

    Thanks, Sid – loved you as a player, appreciate the all-out effort given as a coach, best wishes in your future endeavors.

  15. Hungwolf 03/11/2011 at 10:42 AM #

    Wish Sid the best. He really cared about the kids and he did lots of things right except win. I do think in many ways he put our program back in the national spotlight. He got top recruits looking at us and put us back into recruiting circles the former coach took us out of since Sendek was looking players that fit his system and lets face most top players didn’t want to play in his system. So I think Sid very much did for us what Doherty did for UNC and that was get us back in with top recruits. Now we need someone that continue the recruiting success and coach them.

    As far as Leslie, I would love to see him back. I thought Len Elmore made a great observation of our staff which is similar to many of the staffs in the ACC. There’s very few coaches that are big men on the bench. Who’s coaching the bigs? Would love see the next coach bring in a staff that could coach big men and see what Leslie could do! Our big men had to lead the league in getting thier shots blocked this year. I can never remember a team getting thier shots blocked as much as ours this year.

  16. rtpack24 03/11/2011 at 10:58 AM #

    Sid gave it his best shot and I am sure when he came he thought he could get the job done. It did not work out. It is hard when you hire a family member(2) and then have to fire them or have them resign. Some fans are forgetting about Monte, he quit a head coaching job to come back. He told me that he did it for Sid and his school. Sid and Monte will not have a hard time finding a job, can’t speak for the rest of the staff. My heart felt thanks go out to Sid and Monte.

  17. NCSU84 03/11/2011 at 11:04 AM #

    If the decision is made to release Sid, then I wish him the best. He is, and always will be, one of us. We should withhold the negative comments – they serve no purpose other than to divide us. Thank you Sid (and Monte) for all the hard work and for giving us two national championships as players – I said NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. Let’s never forget that.

  18. hball57 03/11/2011 at 11:24 AM #

    I wish Sidney Lowe the best. He stepped in when his school needed him, even if it wasn’t the right time for his success. He accepted mandated assistant coaches that, while they were good people, may not have been the right fit for his success. Our players were good citizens and good students. And he has left the program far better than what was left for him.

    He did unite the fan base. When he left the court, no one was screaming nasty things at him, unlike 6 years ago when HWSNBN left the court. He restored the importance to the rivalries. He had moments that energized us. Even in losses, he made us proud to be NC State fans. His passion was our passion.

    And I know that CJL frustrates fans. But ANYONE that wears the Red and White should receive our support. We owe that to then for the time, sweat and effort they give us that we don’t see. If we show support, perhaps he can learn and grow into the player he could become. He has a lot to learn, but learn he can. It is unfair to label him as a bad young man; those who know him would emphatically tell you different. So let’s give him a chance, if he chooses to remain, to learn and mature.

    We have far more talent than was left for Sidney. And I am sure Sidney will advocate them staying, just as Norm Sloan told Sidney to stay when left for Florida. Lets show our players we appreciate their choosing to run with the Pack.

  19. packof81 03/11/2011 at 1:13 PM #

    Roy just pulled all the starters after a series of turnovers and sent in the “blue” team of walk-ons. Then Roy turned to the bench and read his starters the riot act while the “blue” team played.

    How many times have we seen an NCSU coach do this?

  20. fernandopacker 03/11/2011 at 2:10 PM #

    Sid never did it last night there were like 10 occasions either a wild shot,lack of hustle etc etc and he left them in and never once addressed it.

  21. beer03 03/11/2011 at 4:57 PM #

    I am very sorry that this hurts Sid…because he is one of us. But Sid should never have been put in the position to be hurt. He was not qualified to be a college coach, he had no experience at it, he didn’t even have his diploma (a requirement). Uncle Jed is at the bottom of this sorry situation; he is the reason for Sid’s failure and for Sid’s hurt. I’m never forgiving him for it.

  22. ILpackfan 03/11/2011 at 6:10 PM #

    Wishing the best for Sid in his future endeavors. Hoping that the team is well enough stocked to avoid taking an even bigger step backward next year regardless of who’s coaching it.

  23. camel77 03/11/2011 at 8:49 PM #

    Packof81 Sidney doesn’t have high school All-American sitting on the bench like Roy does

  24. wolfpack4ever 03/12/2011 at 1:29 PM #

    I wish Sidney and “staff” the best.

    May God have mercy on Uncle Jed’s soul.

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