SFN goes on the ‘Twitter offensive’; (obvious) analysis of the coaching search

My flight landed in Houston this afternoon…and before I could get off the tarmac my phone was met with a barrage of texts and emails and phone calls about all hell breaking loose in the NC State men’s coaching search.

Maybe this is one of those times when it is beneficial to not be sitting around the office glued to the computer and therefore singularly focused on (any topic) the coaching search?

Now that I’ve had my fill of Berryhill Tamales and found a Panera to buy my $2 coffee so I don’t feel guilty for using ‘free’ wi-fi, I’ve secured a couple of minutes to chime in regarding the rapid developments of this afternoon — namely the reported ‘spurning’ of the NC State job by Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall and Mick Cronin.

As you recall, the News & Observer reported late last week that (1) VCU’s Athletics Director said that NC State had not contacted Shaka Smart and (2) Gregg Marshall had not even been contacted by NC State.

…And today we learn that three coaches who had not even been contacted by NC State have ‘turned down’ NC State’s job! CLASSIC!!!

If you are new to SFN, then you may have missed this great entry from earlier in the year where one of our authors took the time to explain to you why some national sports media are…well…national sports media as opposed to members of MENSA or any well-respected profession or cutting edge corporate organization.

I very much encourage you to give it a whirl. It will help you understand how these ‘Einsteins’ can’t figure out what couldn’t be more clear to me right now — The moment I got the news that Mick Cronin and Gregg Marshall had ‘turned down’ a job that they were never offered, was the moment it became clear to me that Debbie Yow’s search for the next NC State Men’s Basketball Coach is over.

Unfortunately, the media is littered with morons like ‘SportsbyBrooks’, Gary Parrish and CBS’ Matt Jones who continue to prove that their depth of analytical thought runs about as deep as their paper-thin resumes and pre-pubescent looking pictures. (How old does one need to be to have a CBS Twitter account? Seriously?!)

So…the following is what we think/speculate is happening/has happened today:

  • NC State has either secured, or is very close to securing an agreement with our next head basketball coach.
  • The search firm has shared that information with other potential candidates and those coaches – like Marshall and Cronin – have run to the media and their fans ‘spurning’ jobs they were never offered. (Unfortunately, too many in the lazy media just regurgitate what self serving agents and coaches tell them to be true.) It is called saving face and politically posturing for their current situations. I understand it. But, I don’t like it.
  • To give credit where it is due, our local sports media seems to get it. 99.9’s Joe Ovies attempted to enlighten a self-proclaimed journalist (and rumored friend of Gary Williams) today with the following:

RT @joeovies @sportsbybrooks we’re at the classic point where coaches were informed they weren’t “they guy”

  • I do not know if this means a deal is actually finalized with our top ‘mystery candidate’. I would tend to believe that one, or both of the following statements are relatively accurate: (1) Debbie Yow felt as though her agreement was in a strong enough position to ‘release’ all of the other candidates; (2) Debbie Yow has an acceptable ‘fallback’ candidate who has agreed to the job if her top candidate should fall through during the home stretch.
  • Again, we’ve got no inside information...(ok…maybe we have just a little inside information)…nonetheless…we would expect this thing to be wrapped up by Wednesday/Thursday of this week.

If we are wrong…we are screwed.

For some fun, you can click on our Twitter feed for a review of some twitter interaction from today.

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75 Responses to SFN goes on the ‘Twitter offensive’; (obvious) analysis of the coaching search

  1. UnclePen 04/04/2011 at 6:47 PM #

    Agree with this thesis

  2. jwoerner89 04/04/2011 at 6:51 PM #

    Thank’s statefans….it seems everyone got caught up in the mess on the forums this afternoon. This should bring us all back to reality!

  3. MP 04/04/2011 at 7:03 PM #

    “If we are wrong…we are screwed.” Good entry. I trust (and hope) you aren’t!

  4. gotohe11carolina 04/04/2011 at 7:08 PM #

    slowly backing away from the ledge…

    i really hope this is right. i don’t think i can take another a.d. who lets us get flogged by the press without having anything to show for it. that said good luck to DY and good luck to the new guy…

  5. Dogbreath 04/04/2011 at 7:13 PM #

    How many “we expect this to be wrapped up by (insert day of week)” predictions have we seen thus far?

    Starting to sound a little Baddourish.

  6. 61Packer 04/04/2011 at 7:14 PM #

    Whoever Yow ends up hiring, it’s GOT to be better than the situation going on in Columbia (MO) right now with the Tigers’ AD.

    No matter how bad off you think you are, there’s always someone who’s in worse shape. I would hate like heck to be a Mizzou basketball fan right now.

  7. TOBtime 04/04/2011 at 7:17 PM #

    Fantastic analysis of the situation SFN. I also suspected we were close when I heard on the news that Shaka “turned us down”. If Shaka thinks he is going to make $3M a year based on one run to the FF God bless the guy and best wishes. Enjoy playing in the VCU gym. I suspect some numbers WERE put out to the guy but no offer was made. It will be interesting to hear the comments on the situation from our AD when the time is right.

  8. beeeejay 04/04/2011 at 7:17 PM #

    The only question I have if the feelings of us having our candidate is true, is why must we wait until Wednesday or Thursday and not have an announcement tomorrow late in the day so the talk of the NC game has died down

  9. Raleighpack 04/04/2011 at 7:18 PM #

    DY made the mistake of talking about an A list winner w/ multiple NCAA game everywhere he goes. Now, anything else is considered a failure, based on her idea of the best coach for State.
    In hindsight, DY made a huge mistake in that press conference.

  10. theTHRILL 04/04/2011 at 7:23 PM #

    I agree. Why offer (or talk with) Smart today if we already have someone else on the hook? I’d guess Yow is still fishing.

  11. jbwbubba 04/04/2011 at 7:23 PM #

    Hope you are right,

    JP Giglo from the N&O is saying we are at square one again, had put all our eggs in the Smart basket.

  12. codebrown 04/04/2011 at 7:23 PM #

    One reason we’re waiting maybe be b/c our future coach is coaching tonight.

  13. packhammer 04/04/2011 at 7:25 PM #

    Did we ever offer Smart? Somehow I don’t think so. That or VCU made a very significant long term (like 10 year) contract offer. Does he not go because he wants more experience before going to the Show? I can’t see that.

  14. JeremyH 04/04/2011 at 7:27 PM #

    is it that Marshall spurned us? wow, we are royally screwed that our “fall back” has fallen back.

  15. Chucks Chesticles 04/04/2011 at 7:28 PM #

    I wonder who this mystery candidate will be. This hire will cement a view from State fans of Yow for a long time. Don’t let us down!

  16. Texpack 04/04/2011 at 7:30 PM #

    First of all, my condolences on the fact that you ate the tamales at Berryhill’s. Alamo Tamale on HWY 3 and FM 2351 would have been a much better choice. If you want a killer breakfast burrito in the morning its Jaun Big Burrito in League City.

    I have an all day meeting tomorrow with little or no access to the internet, so I’m glad to hear that Wednesday/Thursday seems like the time.

  17. GAWolf 04/04/2011 at 7:31 PM #

    Calhoun should give us two to three solid years!

  18. Wufpacker 04/04/2011 at 7:32 PM #

    ” How many “we expect this to be wrapped up by (insert day of week)” predictions have we seen thus far? ”

    There have been a lot of “experts”, “insiders” or “sources” on the msg boards saying such things, but the only thing I remember the actual authors saying (until now) is basically try to remain calm for X number of hours/days longer. If they’ve made previous predictions about times that things get wrapped up I’ve missed them.

    In fact, they’ve been noticeably quiet on pretty much all fronts regarding trying to pull predictions from their posteriors.

  19. wolfpackdawg 04/04/2011 at 7:35 PM #

    I hope Giglio is wrong.

  20. highstick 04/04/2011 at 7:38 PM #

    How the heck did you get there today? I took my youngest sister back to Charlotte Douglas this afternoon for a 5 o’clock flight on Continental back to Houston. It has been cancelled because of weather(apparently wind). She’s here tonight to catch a 6 AM flight tomorrow…

  21. Wufpacker 04/04/2011 at 7:39 PM #

    ” One reason we’re waiting maybe be b/c our future coach is coaching tonight. ”

    While it’s not likely, allow me to say that this would be friggin’ awesome (unless you’re talking about Calhoun, of course).

    I think Stevens is the best choice of the bunch, including all of the so-called “A-list” names. He’s the one guy I have confidence would come in and not only have us turned into a damn good team next year, he would have us being a damn good (and sustained) program for the foreseeable future.

    That being said, I’d give it about a 2% chance.

  22. WufPup2810 04/04/2011 at 7:41 PM #

    Is the below true:

    Mark Armstrong via twitter:

    Spoke briefly with NCSU Assoc AD Chris Kingston. Told him VCU AD says offer made to Smart. Kingston: ‘don’t know where that’s coming from’

    If so, then what is this all about?!?!?!

  23. Raleighpack 04/04/2011 at 7:42 PM #

    So, he just called the VCU AD a liar?

  24. MrPlywood 04/04/2011 at 7:43 PM #

    Here’s a thought – say Smart, Marshall et al really did turn down the job. Which programs have coaches on the hot-seat next season? If the mid-major guys stood pat in the hopes that something “better” would open up, what might that “better” be?

  25. Statefan1998 04/04/2011 at 7:45 PM #

    I thought two candidates had agreed to the framework of the contract? If JP is right, mr. Kingston was not being truthful.

    I see more and more people coming over to my side, ie viewpoint of Yow.

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