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Here’s What I’m Hearing…

March 18, 2011

Nothing. Nada. Zip. 

Not a damn thing of consequence.

Isn't that nice for a change?

Unlike the very public, very embarrassing abortion of a search in 2006 led by an egotistical AD more concerned with himself than the school, the sum of information released by folks close to the 2011 search has been a very satisfying total of "zero."

Sure, there's been lots of speculation from folks in the media. Most everyone assumes that Sean Miller will be our first target, and that Rick Barnes will once again get a call, but the speculation on who comprises the rest of the list splinters off into a wide variety of presumed candidates that varies greatly from from media member to media member. They're reduced to taking shots in the dark, based more on what they read on the monkey boards than from any "sources."

The constant stream of reports from insiders within the program that made the 2006 search such a circus has been choked off–it's a dry riverbed now. 

The only bona fide news to this point has been on the pre-search preparations. Yow mentioned during Sidney's resignation press conference that there would be a search committee formed that she would chair, and that committee was formally announced yesterday. Along with Yow, the compact crew is comprised of the following university members: 

  • Kevin D. Howell, Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs;
  • Dr. Samuel L. Pardue, Faculty Athletics Representative and University Athletics Council Chair;
  • David J. Horning, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director;
  • D. Christopher Kingston, Senior Associate Athletic Director.

In addition to the search committee, the university has also retained Parker Executive Search to assist in the search as a means to serve as an intermediary between school-and-prospective-coach. Parker was used during the AD selection process that resulted in Debbie Yow's hiring. 

Everyone understands the need to form a small, tight-lipped search committee and retain a search firm in this age of instant media constantly looking for clues or sources. Everyone, that is, except ESPN's Andy Katz, who had this to say in response to the announcement of the committee's formation and hiring of a search firm:

As for NC State, it hired Dan Parker's search firm to aid in its coaching search. Why? AD Debbie Yow is from a basketball family and was the AD at Maryland. Why would she need help?

Andy's probably been too busy kissing President Obama's ass these days to pay attention to how the game of coaching searches is played. It's about keeping folks hunting for info—folks like YOU, Andy—from getting into the inner sanctum of the decision making process.

If you're a State fan yearning for information, be patient. Leaked info may be fun in the immediate moment, but would you rather have a stream of tidbits and have things turn out like they did in 2006, or know absolutely nothing until a hire is made, and it's a good or great one?

I'll take option B, please.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Plz2BStateFan permalink
    March 18, 2011 2:39 pm


  2. Anonymous permalink
    March 18, 2011 3:12 pm

    I believe Debbie Yow is doing an EXCELLENT job of keeping this thing sealed up tight! In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if she had some “insiders” all leaking conflicting information. So people in the blogosphere all claim to have a “source”, yet everyone with a source has different information.

    I believe we won’t hear anything until the formal announcement is made. And that is just fine with me!

  3. March 18, 2011 3:19 pm

    Amen, as much fun as it was to track planes and all that, the results weren’t so stellar. I’m all for a reversal of that as long as the results are as I expect they will be. I’ll be sitting quietly watching the tournament, knowing what needs to happen will be.

  4. Joesecure permalink
    March 18, 2011 4:22 pm

    Really, it’s human nature to like to speculate, but both NC State and Ga. Tech have done excellent jobs of keeping their respective searches quiet. It’s further complicated by the fact that most viable candidates are still coaching their teams in tourneys.

  5. Joesecure permalink
    March 18, 2011 4:23 pm

    To her credit Yow realizes this might be the defining hire of her administration.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    March 18, 2011 5:06 pm

    Joesecure, you got that right. I don’t think she intends to blow this opportunity. That’s what makes me happy about all this. I believe she has what it takes to do this right. Unlike her predecessor, I trust that she’s in full control of this. I feel like I can sleep well at night, and soon I will wake up to NC State announcing a new good coach.

  7. packalum08 permalink
    March 18, 2011 6:01 pm

    I’m very optimistic that DY will get this hire done right, which, of course, involves keeping things quiet and discreet. That said, it’s still pretty early on in the search and things could turn south at any time. Here’s to hoping they don’t.

  8. Ewcanes permalink
    April 5, 2011 3:16 pm

    OK you HAVE to have heard something by now…

    • admin permalink
      April 5, 2011 9:14 pm

      Yes. I’m hearing STRONG rumors that we’re looking to hire an ESPN analyst, a la Steve Lavin. TAKE IT TO THE BANK!

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