Tag:N.C. State
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 2:53 pm

N.C. State hires Gottfried

Former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried has reached a deal in principle to become North Carolina State's next head coach, school officials confirmed Tuesday.

Gottfried coached Alabama for 11 seasons before he was fired in 2009.

He made five NCAA tournaments.

N.C. State spent weeks searching for Sidney Lowe's replacement before settling on Gottfried. Sources told CBSSports.com that the school pursued many candidates -- among them Texas' Rick Barnes, Arizona's Sean Miller, UCLA's Ben Howland, Xavier's Chris Mack, Memphis' Josh Pastner, Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon, Cincinnati's Mick Cronin and Wichita State's Gregg Marshall. All decided to pass on the opportunity to work under athletic director Debbie Yow, whose reputation within the coaching community hindered her ability to make the type of home run hire she and her fan base desired.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 3:31 pm

Smart rejects N.C. State, staying at VCU

HOUSTON -- Shaka Smart agreed to a new and extended contract with VCU on Monday after rejecting a multiyear offer from North Carolina State, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com.

The news was first reported by CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel.

"[N.C. State] talked to [Smart] and made an offer," VCU athletic director Norwood Teague told the Charlotte Observer after Doyel's initial report. "We countered and he is staying."

Smart, 33, led VCU to its first Final Four this season.

The Rams lost to Butler here in Houston on Saturday night.

N.C. State is searching for a replacement for Sidney Lowe. Sources have told CBSSports.com that the school has seriously pursued many candidates already -- among them Texas' Rick Barnes, Arizona's Sean Miller, UCLA's Ben Howland, Xavier's Chris Mack, Memphis' Josh Pastner and Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon. All have decided to pass on the opportunity to work under athletic director Debbie Yow, whose reputation within the coaching community is hindering her ability to find a marquee coach.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 15, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 2:20 pm

Lowe officially done at N.C. State

N.C. State has officially removed Sidney Lowe as its basketball coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. The school will technically call the move a "resignation," but Lowe was never given the option to return next season, according to a source.

A press conference to announce the decision has been scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

Lowe never finished better than ninth in the ACC during five seasons at the school. N.C. State had a 5-11 league record each of the past two seasons, and it will now focus on a coaching search its fans hope will deliver a capable candidate who can handle the pressure of working within miles of Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy Williams.

The Wolfpack haven't made the NCAA tournament since Herb Sendek took them to five straight from 2002 to 2006.

Sendek left N.C. State under pressure after the 2006 season.

He now coaches Arizona State.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 26, 2009 5:50 pm

Five hundred more words on Herb Sendek

I knew my Herb Sendek column would bring the wrath of N.C. State readers.

I was prepared for it.

I'm OK with it.

But I honestly believe the Wolfpack fans who wanted Sendek gone -- and, yes, I know it wasn't all Wolfpack fans -- and still stand behind the move are simply too close to the situation to properly understand what happened. They don't see it like I see it -- or like the rest of the country sees it -- because they're too emotionally attached to enjoy perspective.

Again, Sendek was pushed out after FIVE straight NCAA tournaments.

One. Two. Three. Four. Five.

Five straight!

Do you know how many ACC schools have strung five straight NCAA tournaments within the past 15 seasons?

(I do.)

The answer is five.
  • Duke under Mike Krzyzewski.
  • North Carolina under Roy Williams.
  • Maryland under Gary Williams.
  • Wake Forest under Skip Prosser.
  • N.C. State under Herb Sendek.
Of those five coaches, only one has been pushed out.

His name is Herb Sendek.

But, Gary, Sendek never made an Elite Eight!

That's the other sentence I've read 78 times in the past 24 hours.

And, obviously, that's a fair point.

(Turning sarcasm on)

Because failing to make the Elite Eight just isn't acceptable at what is, at best, the No. 3 basketball school in North Carolina -- a basketball school so great it was turned down by roughly 47 coaches before settling on Sidney Lowe. That's the type of place where Elite Eights should be the standard. I mean, it's not like N.C. State is as pitiful as Florida, which kept Billy Donovan despite him never so much as making a Sweet 16 in the five-year period from 2001 to 2005.

Can you believe that?

Donovan made the NCAA tournament in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

He lost in the first round or second round each time.

Yeah, he won national titles in 2006 and 2007.

But still.

Those five years of early exits from the NCAA tournament were embarrassing.

(Turning sarcasm off)

Seriously, it's just insane.

It's one thing for UCLA to run off Steve Lavin or for Kentucky to run off Tubby Smith because simply making the NCAA tournament at UCLA and Kentucky might not be good enough. If moving Lavin leads to Ben Howland at UCLA, it can be rationalized. If moving Smith leads to John Calipari at Kentucky, then perhaps that can be justified, too.

But N.C. State -- and this is the part N.C. State fans refuse to grasp -- isn't UCLA or Kentucky.

It was never getting a Howland or a Calipari.

Or a Rick Barnes.

Or a Jay Wright.

Or any coach of that caliber.

That's why the situations don't compare, because N.C. State moved a guy who made five consecutive NCAA tournaments for an alumnus who had never coached college basketball. And though I actually like Sidney Lowe and recognize that recruiting is going relatively well, the truth is that he's currently predicted to finish 10th-or-worse in the ACC for the fourth straight season.

That's a fact that can't be spun positive.

And neither can the treatment Sendek received at N.C. State.
Posted on: September 25, 2009 3:30 pm

Hello: A tribute to Herb Sendek

Hayes Permar saw my column on Herb Sendek, then sent a note about a song and video created last year that debuted on 850 The Buzz in North Carolina. Basically, it's Lionel Richie's "Hello," but with different lyrics sung to N.C. State fans from Sendek's point of view.

I know some of you have probably seen it.

But if you haven't, you need to see it.

Very good.

Very funny.

So click this link and enjoy.
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