Is Sidney Lowe The Right Man For the Job?

Allen LoppCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2010

ATLANTA - MARCH 12:  Head coach Sidney Lowe of the North Carolina State Wolfpack wipes sweat from his face in the final minutes of their 74-69 loss to the Maryland Terrapins of the 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 12, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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We all know that back in 2006 the Wolfpack nation was a little disappointed when Sidney Lowe was given the job of head coach of the NC State Wolfpack basketball team.

Rick Barnes was the flashy, stylish pick for the job of head coach, and he was even born in North Carolina. Which was all the better for when the Wolfpack had a coaching vacancy that he could possibly fill.

Unfortunately we know what happens and Sidney Lowe is given the job.

Sidney Lowe was a star point guard during his playing years at NC State and he was a major component on the 1983 National Championship team. 

As a coach Sidney Lowe is yet to see that kind of success on any level of basketball.

Lowe has been a head coach for two NBA teams, The Minnesota  Timberwolves and the Vancouver Grizzlies (now known as the Memphis Grizzlies).

He coached a total of 307 NBA games, he had a career record of 79 wins and 228 losses—a winning percentage of .209.

That isn't exactly a good record, but there are plenty good college coaches who have bad professional coaching records.

In his first year at NC State he complied a record of 20-16 overall and a conference record of 5-11. They also made it to the ACC championship game, but they lost to Roy Williams' UNC team. 

This Wolfpack team was full of talent and had all been recruited by former NC State coach Herb Sendek. So I am only being fair by saying that Lowe took Sendek's team to the ACC Championship game and the NIT.

The Wolfpack finished the year hot making it all the way to the NIT quarterfinals and started the next collegiate basketball season ranked inside of the top 25.

This is really where Sidney Lowe started to make his mark on the NC State basketball program. He had recruited a five-star power forward/center out of Marietta, GA named J.J. Hickson. 

The team really suffered with the graduation of their senior point guard and they had no real experience at point guard after the Iowa State transfer Farnold Degand suffered a season ending injury in the 10th game of the year.

They finished that season at a mediocre 15 wins and 16 losses and a conference record of four wins and 12 losses. They failed to make it beyond the first round of the ACC tournament and they also failed to make the NCAA or NIT tournament. The next season would yield similar results.

That leads us to this year where the majority of Herb Sendek's players have graduated or left and the majority of the guys playing now were recruited by Sidney Lowe.

This year's team has showed some real promise but with Lowe as coach they may never be able to play at a consistently high level to compete with Duke, Carolina, and Wakes of the world. Though Lowe's years at NC State, the team has looked confused and undisciplined, and as the old saying goes you play like you practice. 

I think a fellow NC State fan and Raycom blogger, George Cox put it best when he said that Sidney Lowe needs to resign. 

I think that the Wolfpack nation is ready for a winning basketball program and that will not happen until Sidney Lowe resigns or is fired and a good proven coach is bought in.