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Of Mike Patrick, ESPN And The Legend Of Herb Sendek

January 30, 2011

[Fade in]

[7:55 left in the first half. Coming back from commercial, the camera swings over the Carolina student section]

"…You know, sometimes where you're from and who you are mean more than maybe what you've done…"

[ESPN Graphic Appears on screen, titled "LAST 2 HEAD COACHES, NC State Wolfpack." On the left, Herb Sendek's image, with his years, record and accomplishments underneath him. On the right, Sidney Lowe's image with like stats underneath him.]

"…Herb Sendek had five straight years of 20+ wins, had five straight NCAA tournament appearances, and was forced out for the tremendously popular Sidney Lowe…"

[Graphic fades to game action. Javier Gonzalez throws the ball out of bounds.]

"…and Sidney has not been able to get it done. He has gone without [sic] the NCAA bid since he got there."

[Long pause.]

"And of course no one wants to make it more than he does…"

[Sidney executes a textbook facepalm on the sidelines.]

"…but you look back at the decision to force out Herb Sendek…doesn't look nearly as good, does it?"


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9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2011 8:57 am

    I wondered if anyone else caught that…. Gotta love the fact he’s 1-8 out west and people still think we forced him out.

  2. Steve permalink
    January 30, 2011 11:22 am

    I agree — I wish Wolfpack nation would bombard ESPN with the CORRECT sequence of events. We did NOT force Sendek out in favor of Sidney Lowe. Sendek left on his own accord — practically in the middle of the night. Sidney Lowe was, IIRC, at least the fifth candidate interviewed so he really wasn’t one of our top contenders for the job.

    Wolfpack nation didn’t much care or Sendek for a number of reasons, and if you ask us all individually, we’d all mention something different. For me, it was a real lack of emotion, his stubbornness and refusing to do anything but run his system, even if we were getting soundly beaten, and perhaps the biggest thing: HE REFUSED TO WEAR THE SCHOOL COLORS! Seemed he always wore brown or tan.

    ESPN needs to get the story right if a big windbag like Mike Patrick is going to spend the whole game, broadcast to a nationwide audience, running his mouth like a loose shutter in a hurricane …and NCState deserves that the truth be told. Not to mention his orgasmic admiration of Harrison Barnes. If Mike Patrick had one more brain cell, he’d have a total of one.

  3. sbas2 permalink
    January 30, 2011 12:17 pm

    i have been listening to ESPN analyst say over and over that the fans forced out Sendek because they wanted one of their own. that was a patently false statement. now an even worse false statement is being made by the same anayst who are saying that the fans ran Sendek off because they wanted Sidney Lowe.

    the only one who wanted Sidney Lowe that i know of was Fowler. of course everyone supported Lowe after he was hired. which fan wouldn’t?

    but the fans really wanted Rick Barnes and when he said no, Calipari. after Calipari also said no, Fowler embarrassed himself and the University with his search.

  4. Eric permalink
    January 30, 2011 3:51 pm

    What they failed to show was Herb’s record this year out in the desert…correct or not, the call was made. I personally believe to have been a good one. And that is not to say that Lowe is working out, but Herb wasn’t getting it done either.

  5. Steve permalink
    January 30, 2011 8:51 pm

    Look at Arizona St this year last place 1-8 conf and 9-12 overall, way to go Herb. I liked the results of Herb at NCSU but you could fall asleep watching. Gave up my tickets during his tenure. I like Sean’s Arizona but we got to quit looking for people with a past at NCSU. Id say lay a pile of cash for Rick to comeback to the ACC otherwise need to look for some young up and coming coach. Coach K and Roy arent that far off from retirement, we will have a chance in 5 – 10 years to be contenders every year if we pick the right leader today.

    Go Pack

  6. ClassOf95 permalink
    January 30, 2011 9:11 pm

    I would disagree with the above 2 posts. There was a very vocal part of Wolfpack Nation that made it extremely clear that they (we) did not want Herb to continue as our coach. Was he called into the office and fired? No. Did we create a situation where he did not feel welcome or appreciated? I think so. And I don’t blame him for leaving and I do think it could be said that we ran him out of town. At the end of the Sendek era, I thought we needed an new coach and he deserved better treatment than we were giving him. A change had to be made.

    Then the debacle started. And I can’t tell you how many posts I saw at StateFansNation, the N&O, and WRAL from people claiming to be State fans who kept saying how our next coach had to “be a part of the Wolfpack family.” After Barnes and Calipari, all I remember hearing was Lowe and Whittenburg. I rolled my eyes then and I’ll roll them now. I blame Fowler for his lack of ability to conduct a search but in the end, he picked a candidate that was on the fans’ list.

    He didn’t wear red? C’mon. Yes he did but more importantly, if we had a coach that wore UNC sweatshirts to the games and won. I’d be fine with it.

    • Scott permalink
      February 1, 2011 9:05 am

      I don’t recall the people who were saying the person had to be a part of the Wolfpack family. Maybe there were some, but I think they were in the vast minority. I do recall that once Coach Lowe’s name was being put out there, that people, in general, positive about him since he was an alumni. There was concern, though, over his credentials, but people backed him because of his connection to NC State (and rightfully so).

      Time has proven that it wasn’t a good hire, but that is irrelevant to the herb sendek discussion.


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