Sid Sendek? Herb Lowe? A Pro-and-Pro Discussion

March 9, 2011

Here’s the latest in a series of what are turning out to be the editors’ totally agreeable exchanges on the issues of the day. Today, we take you all the way back to March 2001. Crazy Town, Shaggy and a young lady named J-Lo were topping the charts. The Russian space station Mir went kaput.

And in Raleigh, North Carolina, the administration of N.C. State University was in an eerily similar position to the one it now occupies

Jeremy: Jimmy, it seems like an article of faith these days that Sidney Lowe is done as the head basketball coach at our alma mater as soon as the Wolfpack’s increasingly disappointing season is over. The calls for Lowe’s ouster take me back a decade to when we were spending late nights on the third floor of Witherspoon Student Center putting a newspaper together and State fans were calling for another fifth-year head coach to be shown the door.

The comparison between Lowe and Herb Sendek has been done plenty of times before. Still, the parallels between Sendek’s first five years and Lowe’s first five are just begging for the IoT treatment, starting with these little charts that I assembled below: Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Lavin and N.C. State’s (possible) coaching search

March 1, 2011

Steve Lavin passed on a chance to coach N.C. State after Herb Sendek left in 2006.

With the ACC regular season coming to an end, N.C. State fans — including the IoT crew later this week — are debating the future of the basketball team, specifically whether Sidney Lowe should be fired and who should replace him if he goes. While some Wolfpack fans are already making their wish list of possible Lowe replacements, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin may have set the expectations for a possible coaching search on Monday.

In an interview on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption (start at the 1:59 mark), Lavin, who’s leading maybe the hottest team in the country right now, was asked whether he worried he’d ever get another chance to coach after being fired by UCLA in 2003. During his response, Lavin said this:

“I had an opportunity to go to N.C. State in April of 2006. While I was flattered and came very close to taking the job, at the end, I didn’t feel it was the right fit. And to be totally honest, I was still regenerating, kind of healing so to speak, in terms of having been fired. I think sometimes coaches make mistakes by just coming back too quickly, and you have to make sure it’s the right fit and the right time so, when you do return, you’re at the point where you can really give the energy, the vitality, the commitment it takes to be successful … .”

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