Coaches afraid of a challenge
Posted April 4, 2011
As the list of candidates who pass on the NC State basketball job grows longer, so does that of the people laughing at a once mighty program that wants to avoid giving the job to the next person who walks into the room.
Name after name surfaces, and time after time NC State is left standing there with nothing to show but egg on its face.
Why should a basketball program with two national championships, in the middle of historically the best conference in America, a rabid fan base, and money to give, have to beg someone to take the head coaching job?
Critics say “NC State is the worst high profile job in America” or “no one wants to work for Debbie Yow.” Whatever the reason, people seem to dump on NC State like it’s a second-class citizen.
A lot of people fail to realize that 20 years ago NC State stood nose-to-nose, toes-to-toes with both UNC and Duke. On any given night, any of the three could beat the other. Tobacco Road was the basketball universe, hands down.
If you’re a coach in big time college basketball, and there’s not one coach in America who doesn’t have an ego about what they can do, you want to measure yourself against the best, day in and day out.
What better place to do that than in Raleigh, North Carolina. You have two of the nation’s best programs and two Hall of Famers a stone’s throw away on which to measure yourself every single day.
You’re trying to tell me in this day and age of whose ego is bigger, someone isn’t bold enough to step to the plate and see if he’s got what it takes to make it on the big stage?
While the national critics find themselves laughing at a basketball program with a rich history struggling to find a coach for the second time in five years, I’m laughing at the number of so-called “big-time” coaches who are afraid to test their mettle in the pinnacle of college basketball.