I always tell my kids to learn from their mistakes but more importantly
to learn from the mistakes of others. East Carolina University should
take that advice and run with it.
Pirate administrators and fans need to take a hard look at what's going
in nearby Raleigh as North Carolina State continues to struggle to find
someone to lead the men's basketball program. N.C. State fans plain and
simply ran Herb Sendek out of town and it's bitten the Wolfpack right
in the rear end!
Despite 10 sucessful seasons in Raleigh winning 191 games and leading
the Wolfpack to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Sendek
was always on the "hot seat" according to Wolfpack fans. Instead of
being happy that they were always in the hunt N.C. State supporters
felt that nothing less than another NCAA title would do. State fans
compromised the entire future of their program by living in the past
and here's why.
Since Sendek resigned to take over the reigns of a struggling Arizona
State program at least four prominent head coaches have told N.C. State
Athletics Director Lee Fowler thanks but no thanks... And that's after
being offered upwards of two million dollars a year. The bottom line is
that money isn't always what will lure a great coach to your
institution. The coaching fraternity is a small and tight group.
Coaches the likes of John Calipari, Rick Barnes, John Beilein and Steve
Lavin all know and respect Sendek and know how he was treated by the
State fans despite consistently putting a winning product on the floor.
Why in the world would any of those coaches want to take a job where
anything less than a national championship will get you run out of town?
Now N.C. State finds itself in one heck of a predicament. There's even
been a rumor floating around that Fowler has entertained the thought of
hiring former Tar Heel and current New York Knicks assistant coach Phil
Ford. And we thought the Wolfpack Nation was unhappy with Sendek? You
wait to see how long it takes for Packbackers to run a Tar Heel out of
Just remember, be careful what you wish for... it just might come true.
Right now many of the same Wolfpack fans that have spent the past few
years calling for Sendek's head are wishing they had been a little less
And for all us ECU fans, let's learn from the mistakes of our rivals
from the West and think twice when we call for the one our own to "Walk