State should aim high going forward
Posted February 16, 2011
The national media needs to give NC State a break.
With this season deteriorating into what will likely be their fifth straight without an NCAA bid, the Wolfpack are drawing more and more flak.
Over the last few weeks, the prevailing opinion outside of The Old North State seems to be that: 1) The Wolfpack will be looking for a new basketball coach in the very near future, 2) Pack fans are delusional for even thinking they can ever compete with Duke and UNC, and 3) They should rue the day they ever questioned Herb Sendek.
Sidney Lowe’s status will be resolved in due time, so I’ll leave that for another day. Let’s let the man do his job.
But as for the idea that winning in West Raleigh is a lost cause… I really didn’t know “giving up” was an option these days. You don’t have to be “that old” to remember a time when every Big Four game was an all-out war. And it can be again. I’m convinced of that.
However, the most disturbing thing for me is the rather misinformed idea many have that NC State either fired or “ran off” Herb Sendek in order to hire Sidney Lowe. That’s not the case, and anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of the situation knows it. Sid took over after a serious of high-profile “whiffs” by NCSU.
I always believed Sendek got a bad rap with the ‘Pack, but when State let him “Go West,” I had no problem with that decision at all.
And I still don’t…
Herb had his successes, but he was never truly embraced here, and sometimes you just have to take a chance. The ‘Pack rolled the dice hoping to do improve their lot – and that’s not only acceptable, it’s commendable.
Did it work? Well, five years without an NCAA bid is all the answer we’ll need there.
But ultimately, I still believe that aiming high was the right move for State. It was five years ago, and it will be again – coaching search or no coaching search – regardless of what the rest of the country thinks.