Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sharing the Wealth: "Toughest Coaching Job in America?"

Sidney Lowe has never been shy about stepping up to a challenge. He was the point guard when the underdog Wolfpack took home the 1983 National Championship. He was the coach that took over a disastrous Vancouver Grizzlies team, in what most in the industry saw as a career suicide mission. Finally, he stepped up to the plate again when his alma mater came calling. When Sidney Lowe took the job at NC State he read the fine print. He knew he'd be under a microscope. He knew two of the top programs in the nation were less than 20 miles down the road, but that didn't stop him. He's seen stranger things happen. The Asheville Citizen-Times put out an article today on this very point, and asked the question "Does Sidney Lowe have the toughest coaching job in America?"

“It could be,” Lowe said with a laugh. “I'm sure not going to argue that point, but I welcome that. It's two great coaches, two great basketball programs, and we're trying to work our way back to where they are.”

The players also understand the extreme pressure that Coach Lowe feels on an everyday basis, but feel like if given time, he will level the playing field. The Ashville Citizen-Times caught up with Farnold Degand to get his take.

“Coach Lowe may have the toughest job in the country, because we are going up against two very quality coaches who have a lot of history of success behind them,” he said. “That definitely makes it easier to recruit talented players. I think coach Lowe is very talented and he possesses the same kind of ability they have, he just hasn't necessarily proven it yet, but in a few years he will get the ball rolling and he will be looked at in the same light.” said senior guard Farnold Degand.

This is a great read and has some other great quote by Coach Lowe and Farnold Degand. Make sure you check it out.


18 Responses to "Sharing the Wealth: "Toughest Coaching Job in America?""
  1. backdpack said...
    October 29, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Degand states it very well; with wins will come attention. With attention will come top level players. With top level players will come championships. Coach Lowe and staff have done a great job recruiting the past couple of years. They are getting not only quality athletes but quality people. Patience is going to be the key. I can't wait to see this team grow and mature. They may start out a little rough but by the end of the season, I'll bet other teams will not want to play these guys because they are going to get after you until you submit.

  2. Werewolf in Franklinton said...
    October 29, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Hi everyone has a good article up on Bishop Daniels he lists NC State first as the schools he's considering.

    Hope he does well this year and runs with the Pack.

  3. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 29, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Thanks Werewolf...I spoke with the head coach at Word of God the other day and he mentioned that the staff has been by to check out Bishop on numerous occasions. While the staff hasn't offered Daniels, they are definitely interested in his potential.

  4. Slick said...
    October 29, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    When Bishop was asked if any schools had offered he said that state had offered.

    BTW, I was at the elite 80 camp in wilson a few weeks back and saw Bishop there. That boy is one of the best dunkers I've seen in a while.

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 29, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    FWIW I don't think Daniels has a committable offer from NC State.

  6. Slick said...
    October 29, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    WPH, I trust you on that. You've never steered me wrong before.

  7. Scott said...
    October 29, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    Does Daniels have the potential to mature like Harrow did ?

  8. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 29, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    Daniels has a really high ceiling, and you have to realize he is only a rising Junior. He is probably the most athletic guard in his class... maybe in any class.

  9. WolfCop said...
    October 30, 2009 at 1:16 AM

    As athletic as he is, I take it that he does not have much of an outside jumper. lol

  10. Anonymous said...
    October 30, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    no outside game at all it is true

  11. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    October 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    I had a conversation with former Word of God coach Levi Beckwith last season about Daniels, and he said that his shot wasn't bad for a sophomore (last season), and that it definitely could be developed. The way he saw it, not many kids his age are dead-eye shooters, and if they are that is all they can do.

  12. Realwolfpacker said...
    October 30, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    ^ Have you had a conversation with CJ Leslie about his visit to Kentucky :)

  13. Slick said...
    October 30, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    I was kinda wondering how the visit went also. I think if he comes back without commiting to them it could be a good sign.

  14. Slick said...
    October 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Just read on a Kentucky blog that someone seen Leslie on campus today so I guess he's still there.

  15. Afterglow said...
    October 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    I'm pretty confident that part of the reason no one knows how his visit went is because he hasn't gotten back yet. My guess is we'll know more by Monday how things went and how serious he is about Kentucky.

  16. redfred said...
    November 1, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Uh, I'm kind of wondering if he will still qualify academically? By that I mean, whether or not he can run off to the Bluegrass State in mid-semester, on what seems to be an extended visit, and still keep up in the classroom??? ;)

  17. Anonymous said...
    November 2, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Things went well I am told and bet he is doing much better in the classroom than LoBrown was last year. KEEP TABS ON REDFRED !

  18. etoy said...
    November 2, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    I disagree if he had the toughest coaching job in America he would be held accountable and no one would have lasted this long with Sid's record and results


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