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Stephanie Glance No Longer A Candidate For Women’s Coaching Job

April 10, 2009

Well, Lee Fowler certainly isn’t afraid of some negative attention.

In the same week he had to deflect rumors that he was on the verge of being fired, news has come down the pipe that longtime assistant to Kay Yow, Stephanie Glance, is no longer in the running for the vacant women’s basketball job. Glance was Yow’s choice to succeed her when she passed.

Talk about going out on a limb. To go against the dying wishes of one of the most beloved figures in N.C. State and women’s basketball history is either incredibly gutsy or incredibly stupid. Probably a good bit of both.

In all fairness to a man who probably doesn’t deserve it, Fowler was in a lose-lose situation here from the get go.

If he hires Glance, who struggled filling in for Yow over the last few years, he ran the risk of her struggling mightily and then subsequently having to fire her. By going a different direction (as he’s apparently done), anything short of a name hire that brings about dramatic improvement in the program will be viewed as snubbing Yow’s choice for a candidate of equal or lesser value.

At this point Fowler is already catching flak from this decision, based on the 75 comments on the WRAL story linked above. It seems hard to imagine that he can “win the press conference” from this point forward unless he lands a big name…something that seems highly unlikely given the relative anonymity most women’s basketball coaches operate in relative to men’s athletics.

The conclusion of this search is already off to an intriguing start.

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