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Yow: Keep the faith Wolfpack fans

Posted April 4, 2011
Updated April 5, 2011

In a letter to Wolfpack fans Monday, North Carolina State University athletic director Debbie Yow provided an update on the status of the ongoing search for a new head basketball coach.

Yow said there have been several telephone conversations with several "successful coaches" that did not develop into meetings due to different levels of interest on either side.

“I realize there are multiple rumors surfacing about the nature of the search on websites and in newspapers,” Yow wrote. “Once our new coach is hired, I will be in a position to bring perspective to a number of those rumors.”

Reports from varying media outlets stated Monday that Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart and Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall had conversations with N.C. State about the open position, but both decided to remain with their current school.

Yow said that, despite these reports, the university and fans need to remain focused on finding a “talented collegiate coach who is a fighter, full of confidence and appreciation for the opportunity to lead [N.C. State’s] basketball program back to national prominence”.

“That will happen in spite of those who believe this cannot occur,” Yow stated. 

Yow said she has been honest with the coaches about the challenge that lies ahead in rebuilding the N.C. State basketball program. She said the university's absence from the NCAA for five consecutive years is evidence that the program is in poor shape and will "require a special effort to rebuild."

“Wolfpack Basketball is destined for a revival. We will accept no less," Yow said. "Please keep the faith while we continue the search.”

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  • tran Apr 5, 4:48 p.m.

    This letter is a hoax.

  • BeastOnTheHill Apr 5, 1:05 p.m.

    why is this such a poor job? if it was me I would take this job in a heart beat! I do not think... View More

    — Posted by braves309

    you should send in your resume.
    LOL
    it seems you would have as good a chance as anyone.

  • braves309 Apr 5, 12:47 p.m.

    why is this such a poor job? if it was me I would take this job in a heart beat! I do not think dy is smart to be telling everyone through a letter about the job. I hope we will find a coach soon. But if it was me I would take this job.

  • Hans Apr 5, 12:21 p.m.

    Well, now we have it. Straight from the horse's mouth.

    I need to take off Friday from work... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    I can't believe it took an email from Yow for you to finally realize what everyone else already... View More

    — Posted by tarheels4

    To his credit, at least he's finally acknowledging it and not claiming this to be another "smokescreen". Better to wake up to reality late than never at all.

  • goode88 Apr 5, 12:09 p.m.

    Go Pack!

  • tarheelskier Apr 5, 11:51 a.m.

    ^^^^^ That was laid to rest when all the other mid-major coaches said no.

  • ncguy Apr 5, 11:44 a.m.

    when is the Brad Stevens rumor gonna get started?

    we need to feed the tarhole trolls...

  • tarheels4 Apr 5, 11:28 a.m.

    ah yes, another conspiracy theory. everyone is plotting against the pack to keep 'em down. they have it so rough.

  • Ven Apr 5, 11:28 a.m.

    1. How could AD Yow not have been more strategic about this...did we REALLY think Sid was going to have a strong year? Everyone saw this coming and we should've been ready once Sid was gone.
    2. Something just isn't right wrt communication: how do mid-major programs coaches (Witchita/VCU) turn us down, not to mention Mephis? There's a major communication/expectation/terms&conditions misstep happening here to make these coaches basically not even give it a second thought.

  • Roy G Biv Apr 5, 11:27 a.m.

    Gary Williams sends his regards

    — Posted by No Party Affiliate

    I don't know. Gary Williams wins a national championship and she tries to run him out of town.... View More

    — Posted by mccpry2

    I can guarantee that Gary Williams is making sure that no decent coach wants to come to Raleigh.

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