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To The National Media, It’s Open Season On The Pack

February 10, 2011

To twist Winston Churchill's famous quote for the purposes of this piece, "never before have so many given so much love to one who did so little."

This pretty much sums up the national media's love affair with Herb Sendek. From seemingly every nook and cranny of the college basketball media world, folks have been coming out of the woodwork over the last five years to deride N.C. State fans for their treatment of The Great Herb Sendek.

Despite an underwhelming resume and 10 years at State, and the subsequent struggles he's experienced in Tempe, Herb continues to be the spike folks in the national media love to hammer into us.

The talk, of course, has racheted up quite a bit of late. Sidney Lowe's final season of disaster is nearing its close, and the juxtaposition of his failures against Herb's minor success in the last-half of his career in Raleigh is low-hanging fruit for folks with an axe to grind.

In the last two weeks, there have been numerous examples of national media members getting their jollies at the expense of those mean ol' State fans:

As they say, smh…smh.

But what to do? They say "ignore it."

They say "don't worry about it."

They say "it's no big deal."

But how am I, or any State fan, to react when the folks with the loudest voices in the college basketball world continue to heap load after load of, forgive me, bullshit upon the school I root for?

We State fans know better, because we lived it. So instead of turning the other cheek time and time again, we respond on Twitter, via email, over the local airwaves…any way we know how.

The local media, you'll notice, are the ones DEFENDING us and our position. Why? Because they lived it right along with us. They're capable of looking beyond the numbers because of their own personal experience and greater knowledge of the situation.

But the lack of greater understanding hasn't stopped national media members from taking their shots without so much as a hint of "well, we can kind of see it their way." No, it's all definitive, cut-and-dried, you-are-wrong-and-we're-right opinions aimed not to us, you see…it's aimed at the entirety of the college sports world. It's essentially screaming at the top of their lungs to look at the ugly chick on the playground.

You think that sort of widespread derision doesn't, over time, negatively shape the opinions of folks living in Iowa or LS or Chicago or New York? Of course it does.

And my great fear is that, as these media folks hammer and hammer and hammer us some more, there might be a coaching candidate out there that–as part of his due diligence–reaches out to folks for their opinions of the State job. Do you think, if they talk to a Parrish or a Davis or a DeCourcy, that they'll be giving State a fair shake in that discussion?

Unless this growing mountain of negativity is all a show, don't count on it.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. NCSU4Life permalink
    February 10, 2011 12:23 pm

    Things that dont add up:

    1. They love Herb

    2. Herb leaves (of his own volition – leaving NC State in the lurch… thanks Herb) to a place where he should have free reign to recruit the caliber players he supposedly can now that he has left NCSU (I mean how can he recruit players with UNC and Duke only 20 miles away??! – Garry Parrish)

    3. Herb is failing at ASU. Miserably… I would say he’s worse than Lowe since he isn’t playing the level teams State is.

    4. Lowe recruited a great class this year – they just aren’t performing well (despite the UNC/Duke proximity)

    So, what I would conclude is not that Herb is a great coach OR recruiter… but that because he was at NC STATE he had the ACC, Tobacco Road, our history, our fans, our facilities to get the results and players he did while at State.

    Lowe did the same to get the Leslie/Harrow/Brown class…

    Its sad that the facts arent being presented properly. I think this is a great job for a coach to go in and give the one finger salute to the national media.

  2. ClassOf95 permalink
    February 10, 2011 8:11 pm

    Three things I would love to not hear NC State fans mention until we win another ACC title:

    1. 1983
    2. Herb Sendek
    3. 1974

    We have got to stop living in the past.

    • admin permalink
      February 11, 2011 9:13 am

      Sadly, without the past, we’d be homeless.

  3. BHoneycutt permalink
    February 10, 2011 9:11 pm

    The sad thing is most State fans were okay with Sendek but I knew just like most of State fans knew Sendek could only take us so far. I feel that Sendek had met his potential at State and couldn’t bring us back to the height of our storied past. So we wanted someone to take us back to that level, and we have every right to be. There is only so many basketball programs that have 2 national championships let alone one. Well when we didn’t find that coach we had to settle for Lowe, no hatred towards Lowe, I appreciate the work he has put in and I know he wants nothing more than to see us succeed but he is just not cut out to be a head coach in the ACC yet. We will continue to push on as one of our late and great coach told us to “Never give up!”

    • admin permalink
      February 11, 2011 9:12 am

      Yeah, I think we all agree that Sidney is one of our own and was put in a tough spot. No college coaching experience, no experience recruiting (though he’s excelled at it, likely due to his warm personality), no college degree…he just wasn’t ready for the job. And why would he be, since he’d never put any time into learning the college coaching game? All of his experience was in the pros, and he’ll make a damn fine assistant for a pro team once this season’s over.

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Brian permalink
    February 11, 2011 9:31 am

    I wonder if Gary Parrish lambasted the Boston Redsox for firing Grady Little. He got them to the ALCS! What morons would fire a manager that got them to the ALCS? Jackass (Parrish).

    Seriously though, State fans are villains because we want to actually beat our rivals? STFU Gary Parrish. Every fan base should have the right to demand that they beat their rivals.


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