Thursday, April 23, 2009

ESPN: Lowe is Staying Put


ESPN's Andy Katz wrote a little piece that we feel is a must read for all Pack fans. Apparently, there was something to the "Lowe getting NBA calls" rumor that was floating around the other blogs and the message boards a few weeks back. Then there is the Flip Saunders situation. With him moving to Washington, there has been speculation that Sid's old friend may give him a ring. Here is what Lowe had to say:

"I know I'm going to get the phone call," Lowe said. "But this (NC State) is where I am. [Saunders] is not the only one who is going to call. One has already called. But there's so much here. I love working with young men, teaching them and preparing them for the world."


Lowe also goes on to talk about the future of the program and how excited he is for his 2009 recruiting class.

"I'm excited to get these young guys in here and see how much better we're going to be, see how more mature Mays will be who led us in the ACC tournament game," Lowe said. "We were winning games down the stretch with great play from Julius, C.J. [10 points in Wake win; 16 in a win over Virginia] and Dennis [11 points in BC win]."


Katz then goes into next years schedule which has yet to be released. What we're looking at is, for the first time in a while, a very competitive non-conference schedule including Florida, @ Marquette and for the first time in a long time, Arizona who's new coach Sean Miller has strong ties to NC State. It's also mentioned that the Pack will be having a little fun in the sun down in Honolulu, Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic, featuring USC and UNLV.

Click HERE to read the full article on ESPN.

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11 Responses to "ESPN: Lowe is Staying Put"
  1. morpheus647 said...
    April 23, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Glad to see that he wants to be here and bring us back to being a contender. A lot of coaches would jump to the NBA at the first call that they got.

  2. Anonymous said...
    April 24, 2009 at 12:51 AM

    I think coach Lowe is doing an excellent job. What people fail to realize is that he is changing the entire offense from the so-called princeton-style offense that sendek ran, which was tough to watch, to a fast pace offense that can score 80+ points more often than not. Its gonna take some time but I think 2009-10 should be considered his first. Stay patient and give him some time. Sendek lovers, 10 seasons one sweet sixteen is not acceptable. Once lowe gets his recruits in there we'll be right back in the tourney every year. Dont forget we went after the big time coaches (Barnes, Calipari, J. Wright) and they turned us down. They sure as hell aren't gonna want us if we chase off our coach after 3-4 seasons, especially alumni coaches. Lets look forward to football season. Go Pack!!

  3. Anonymous said...
    April 24, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    Would they jump? It has been 4 years? And yes he is doing a excellent job indeed

  4. Anonymous said...
    April 24, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    Whats up with the rush the court article bout state?
    http://rushthecourt.net/2009/04/23/davidson-and-unc-lose-3-star-juniors-coach-k-pumps-fist/

  5. Anonymous said...
    April 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    In fairness, I don't think it takes that long to change a program simply because you’re running a different offense. Coaches do it all the time. I'm in support of seeing what he can do this year. I think sometimes people lower their standards when they can't see the forest through the trees. I'm only being a realist here and feel he needs to make the NCAA tournament next year and do well in it to encourage me along further. No other school would be satisfied with the mediocrity of the last three years. We, back in 1982 weren't even satisfied with five years of mediocrity and that was under a really good coach who previously brought us an NCAA Championship in 1974 under Norm Sloan.

  6. Jason said...
    April 24, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    WPH,

    Section Six blog (sectionsix.blogspot.com) did some snooping and learned that we'll also be playing Rutgers this year (don't know if it's home or away).

    Also, proper net-etiquette:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat_tip

  7. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 24, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Nice scoop Jason...Nice scoop Section Six

  8. wolfpack4eva said...
    April 24, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Anonymous lol no offense, but you obviously don't have the slightest clue what you're talking about. This will be Lowe's second full recruiting class coming in this year. He has had no PG and no true center (outside of Hickson) and he was left with a program that had been irrelevant for approximately 20 years. Even considering all of this, he's got us in the running with some of the best players in the country and has, what will be, one of, if not the best, PG in the nation for 2010. Next year is not the measuring stick for Lowe. It's only a measuring stick for people who want him to fail. Because once Harrow comes in, there will be no stopping him, Lowe or the Wolfpack

  9. Kris said...
    April 24, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    I can still clearly remember what lowe was able to do with a steady, not even completely healthy point guard, in Engin Atsur. Its unfortunate he wasn't healthy the entire season but the team was really looking good. I completely agree with anonymous, we have to be patient while lowe gets his own recruits to lead this team. Not just 1 or 2 recruiting classes. Last year all the leaders were from sendeks recruits. No offense to any current/former pack player but sendek never recruited good ballhandlers. Sidney, as he has mentioned in many recent interviews, wants to have atleast 3 good ballhandlers on the floor. Stay patient. we'll be fine

  10. Anonymous said...
    April 24, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    wolfpack4eva-I understand what you're saying but... I simply said I don't think it takes that long to run a different program, coaches do it all the time. Perhaps it has taken Lowe a long time to run a different program because he didn't have a point guard or a true center but a coach with those things and the supoorting cast around them could run what ever program they want if they are good.

  11. kris said...
    April 25, 2009 at 2:40 AM

    anonymous, those coaches that are able to turn around programs within a couple years often times come into programs that are running the same type of offense. Herb Sendek ran a half court offense, he only needed 1 true ball handler (PG Engin Atsur senior, Chris Wright commit) to drive the lane and dish to a shooter (Brandon Costner, Courtney Fells, and even Big Ben was recruited to stretch the defense). Sidney Lowe wants to run an uptempo offense with 3 good ballhandlers on the floor to attack the basket. So anonymous, how do you expect a 1-2 year change when Engin Atsur graduates and chris wright decommits. I completely understand that on paper the W's don't add up but is it so hard to understand the correct changes are being made. We had a ton of turnovers the past couple years so lowe gets a couple recruits that can apparent take care of the rock, we make not so smart mistakes so lowe gets a couple recruits that apparently (because I havent seen them play in the ACC yet) have good basketball IQ's, we need leaders so lowe gets 4 studs that are leaders of their respective teams. Remember kids are being recruited as young as middle and early high school. For lowe to come in and grab the talent he has so far speaks volumes. Lowe will be fine

 

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