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Be There Sunday…Or Give Your Tickets To Someone Who Can

March 4, 2011

It's Senior Day Saturday Sunday*.

In some ways it'll be just like the other Senior Days before it; State's seniors will be introduced one final time, presented a framed jersey and will share a moment at midcourt with their family and the coaching staff.

But in a sense, this will also be a "senior day" for Sidney Lowe. This will in all likelihood be the final time he takes the court at the RBC Center as State's coach.

My hope is despite the way the season has transpired, and the previous game against Virginia in particular, that State fans with a ticket to the game will show up to support not only Tracy Smith, Javier Gonzalez and Enrico Kufuor, but also Sidney.

If you can't make it, and have the means, give your tickets to a State fan that can. Coach Lowe deserves a solid crowd in the stands and a solid round of applause from the RBC Center crowd when he's announced one final time during the starting lineups.

Being the "rah rah!" guy probably comes off hokey, but I feel that way knowing he in a sense "rescued" State in one of its darkest hours. He wasn't prepared to take the job at the time–hadn't completed his degree, had no college coaching experience–but he understandably leapt at the chance to coach his alma mater when offered, even if the timing was all wrong.

When he was announced as head coach, he was honestly the best possible hire given the circumstances. The coaching search had drawn out to such a length and the coaching position had become so caustic, State had become a punchline rather instead of a respectable ACC job.

And yet, when Sidney arrived, he was a name everyone in Raleigh could get behind. He embraced the school's history, the local rivalries, the passion of the fanbase. A lot of the angst and hurt feelings and shame yielded to hope and excitement and a willingness to believe he might actually be the under-the-radar hire who explodes onto the scene to return State to glory. Any other coach hired after that disaster of a  search would've been met with an extreme skepticism Lowe never faced early on.

The results over the next five years wound up as perhaps we could've logically forecast with hiring an NBA coach with zero college coaching experience. But unlike 2006, State is in a much better position to attract a successful coach. The kind of talent is in place for a quality hire to be successful from year one, and I think we'll see this search go much more smoothly in part because of the pieces in place.

It's time for a change, certainly, but Sidney is a good man who did good things as head coach. Let's give him the support we'd shower upon any other member of the program we knew was participating in his final home game.


*EDIT: Thanks to the folks who pointed out that our last game is, in fact, on Sunday, not Saturday. These things happen when you are blogging at 1:00 am. My bad.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Actionpants permalink
    March 4, 2011 7:13 am

    The game is Sunday

    • Anonymous permalink*
      March 4, 2011 3:12 pm

      Yeah, I flubbed that one. Perfectly timed after the gratuitous “PLEASE FOLLOW ME!” post. “I’m not following this @$$hole; he doesn’t even know when the damn game is…” 🙂

  2. Travelstocks permalink
    March 4, 2011 9:27 am

    Great point… Lowe definitely left the program better off than when we came here – even though wins and losses don’t indicate that. Let’s hope that the next coach will finally get us where we belong… a regular fixture in the top 25.

  3. March 4, 2011 1:27 pm

    Good post James. I agree, we need to end this on a positive note.

  4. Xyz permalink
    March 4, 2011 2:36 pm

    Sunday…not Saturday

    • Anonymous permalink*
      March 4, 2011 3:04 pm

      Yeah, thanks. I’m an idiot. Clearly.

  5. Scott permalink
    March 7, 2011 1:07 pm

    I watched the last 6 minutes on TV. I chose the wrong 6 minutes to watch, it seems.

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