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.