After N.C. State ran off Herb Sendek, it hired the anti-Sendek. Sidney Lowe was part of N.C. State basketball lore and legend. He wore N.C. State red. He knew how important the rivalry with North Carolina and Duke were.
But he still couldn't beat the Tar Heels or Blue Devils.
Lowe's rotations were always a mystery. Now you see them. Now - they're at the end of the bench.
He had passion, but so do cheerleaders.
Nothing he did indicated he was capable of competing in the ACC.
If N.C. State fans are anything like Charlotte fans, they'll push for somebody famous to replace Lowe. Instead of finding the next great coach, they'll push for somebody that already has achieved some success.
If I'm the Wolfpack, I do what they did last time - make a run at big-time A-list coaches. So what if they were turned down more than a sportswriter at last call. At least they tried.
One name to consider is Gregg Marshall, the former Winthrop coach now at Wichita State.
He's not famous - yet.