Frau Yow’s Gamble Not Unprecedented

Kevin Keatts
BobLee
March22/ 2017

Frau Yow’s Gamble NOT Unprecedented

NC State AD Debbie “Frau” Yow’s gamble with a relatively unknown Head Basketball Coach a/k/a “The UNC-W Guy” is far from Keatts Hireunprecedented. In fact, one could almost say it copies a most successful strategy even among Triangle-area programs.

As was noted in a reply to a reader comment in the previous column, there has always been an anti-Yow faction of indeterminant size within the Wolfpack fan base. Whatever the genus of that animosity, it exists. If AD Yow “zigs” her detractors immediately declare that she shoulda “zagged” or vice versa. Is it the “she’s a woman” thing or a “Gary Williams said” thing or…. ????

NOTE: Major college Athletics Directors share an inexorable fate wSisyphusth Sisyphus of Greek mythology …. Doomed to push a large boulder up a steep mountain but never able to reach the top. No matter how many Ws or how many championships, it is never enough to satisfy the ravenous appetite of a totally unforgiving constituency…. Each one of whom is convinced HE could do a much better job if only given the opportunity since he is THE Most Loyal Fan in all of Wolfpack Land…. And blessed with 20/20 hindsight.

This is not to say that AD Yow has won any championships “that matter” (FB / MBB) during her reign as she has not. Irregular upsets over hated rivals is the closest Wolfpack teams have managed. Her critics likely blame her for the infamous missed chip shot at Clemson. That said …..

Choosing the potential of a coach with only three years of HC experience rather than a more seasoned veteran head coach is, as noted above, a strategy that seems to have worked well for Duke (M Krzyzewski)…. UNC (D Smith) …. Kansas (R. Willams) …. And, of course even at NCSU with a quippy Eye-talian fellow from Iona in the early 80s. To be fair, it has also likely not panned out in certain cases too.

Critics can find elements with each case that make the choice of Coach Keatts “different” but lets leave such naysayers to wallow in their own bile.

Herb SendakI will pose a question or two about Coach Keatts’ resume. He is a protégé of Rick Pitino (as was “Herb” for those with selective memories). Hop in the WayBack Machine back to late January and ask NC State fans what they think of “Slick Rick” and the opinions would have have been uncomplimentary. Pitino’s HoF resume is tainted with assorted scandals most recently Ho-gate…. Providing “skanky gals” for recruits. Coach Keatts was on the Louisville staff when that allegedly occurred. Did AD Yow ask Coach Keatts about that and his awareness of it? I certainly don’t know.

Will Coach Keatts hire a staff of over-eager recruiters who will “do whatever it takes” to bring in difference-makers as quickly as possible? Did he and AD Yow discuss the limits of that “whatever it takes”? Again, I certainly don’t know.Rick Pitino

Coah Keatts being a Pitino protégé ??? Is that totally a positive? Is Pitino now a “good guy” because it suits a purpose? If he wins with the regularity of Pitino will the end justify the means. I’m sure we all know the answer to that one be it State or anywhere else… of course it does.

That Lane Kiffin line about “angels don’t play football so we don’t recruit angels” applies equally to big time college basketball.

Coach Keatts says he will coach a hurry-up high-scoring offense and intense defense. What did that other Pitino protégé “Herb” promise NC State fans?…. What did Herb’s teams deliver? When UVa hired Tony Bennett did he tell Cavalier fans he would coach a deliberate drain the shot clock offense? I doubt it. What new Power 5 FB coach in the past five years has promised “3 yards & a cloud of dust”? ….. You tell desperate fans what they are desperate to hear.

From what little I’ve read on Coach Keatts’ background, he offers a number of positives for Pack loyalists to be excited about. Certainly, as much at this point as Krzyzewski did at Duke, Roy did at Kansas and a young Jimmy V at NC State. …. TIME will tell.

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@CarolineduRosso
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No way State is getting a big-time, established coach. Who wants to ruin their reputation going up against Duke and Carolina? What we need (full disclosure, NCSU ’81) is a young, hungry, energetic guy with nothing to lose. Ol’ Roy and Coach K are getting old…very old for this profession. Krzyzewski might, I say MIGHT have three years left in him, but I doubt it. Wouldn’t be surprised if he hung it up tomorrow. And daggumit Roy ain’t far behind. For State a diamond in the rough with a few years of seasoning would be well positioned to hit the… Read more »

Down East Heel
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Down East Heel

Did State marry a stripper?

Doug
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Doug

Hope it works out for the puppies. After all I heard this morning from the wife that today is national puppy day. BM’s don’t seem to understand that they need hated rivals to be strong and competitive. Miscellaneous stuff. Somehow the Duke NCAA loss has been attributed to HB2 but not UNC’s win in SC. There will be no asterisk next to the win or loss. I’ve never understood the rationale of insisting upon incestual coaching hires by some schools. Seems to be a popular notion at UNC. Somewhere Frank McGuire and DES are scratching their heads. FWIW, Jim Boeheim’s… Read more »

OldWuf Vet
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OldWuf Vet

BL, Hope the eye improves. I’m fine with the Coach K2 hire. In the end, its always a crap shoot. As mentioned previously, other factors are probably as important as coaching ability. The Pitino connection mad me cringe, partly because of the sleaze factor and because I distinctly remember the connection being touted when we hired ol’Herbie. BTW, We attended a good friend’s kid’s wedding in CH this past Saturday. Both UNC grads. Told my wife it was the first pagan wedding I had attended. Not a preacher, prayer, song or scripture in sight or earshot. Scrubbed completely of any… Read more »

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I am just glad NCSU did not offer the balance of the Wolfpack Club bank account. Until colleges come to their senses and realize college athletics is not about Shrine building but entertainment for lasting memories of the actual students at the university. I hate the 80’s where “bigger is better” and “build it, they will come” attitude. AND ESPN. Gate revenue is now an afterthought. A mere pittence. I wish NC State would blackout all home athletic events. No commercial breaks. No more 5hour football games. Ok. Let me go back to sleep and watch Stan Fritz run thru… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

The Wolf Pack Club, unlike the UNC Rams Club, does not pay any coaching stipends. All WPC donations are for scholarships and facilities. This was a change dictated by the UNC BOG circa 1990 when NCAA said LOIC for players selling sneaks and tickets.

myowngrandpaw
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myowngrandpaw

Where does NCSU get the money now to pay coaches? I believe Amato got a salary of $160,00 from NC State. Where did the other money come from? Radio and TV shows? I hope it is the faculty fund! They love to complain about athletic salaries. I would love for the faculty to adhere to the hours an athletic coach of a major sport at a major university has to keep! Despite what you think or thought of Amato, he worked 7 days a week! Les Robinson used to get his haircuts from ManMur because Turnipseed would open between 5-5:30… Read more »

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Since the NCSU Student Union is offering “White Privilege Understanding” sessions, I would defund that. One said the sessions was his SECOND Amendment RIGHT. How about defunding Prof that taught that? Serious response to maybe a tongue in cheek quip…. Athletic Department is like NC State Government. Totally stand alone, but NO Deficits. Ticket revenue; Radio/TV revenue; ACC cut from NCAA tournament; Adidas Contact; Student Activity Fees; Occasional big donors $$. WPC $$ for bricks & mortar & Scholarships. NO coaching payments. UNC Coaches $$ are from Athletic department; radio/TV contract; Rams Club Stipends; Clothing/shoe contract. All agent negotiated. UNC… Read more »

Gary.In.Asheville
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Gary.In.Asheville

BL, do you believe the report that Sean Miller is in line to follow Ol Roy?

NCSU68Grad
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BL, First and FOREMOST. Glad you are able to read (or is Blondie your AudioBook and also stay abreast and write?) Your take on AD Yow was more “fair and balanced”, as well as positive (without death threats) to the “Archie and Gregg” gang that stormed the local BM’s. It was like an uncontrolled virus. WHAT….we are NOT going to give Greggie and his “Almost Ejected Potty Mouthed Wife” a cool $5 Million? WHAT….we are not changing the name of the institution to Miller University at Raleigh NC… MURNC? One person reported, with credibility, that Our Big DONOR (Mr. Hog… Read more »

Terry,K
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Terry,K

Unless I read this upside down and backwards, you are praising AD Yow for her choice, right?

MaHa
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MaHa

Did I read that he went to Ferrum ,left without a degree and then didn’t get one until years later from Marshall? Sounds a little Sidneyesque don’t you think? MAHA.

Robert Kennel
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BL, Keatts is 44 years old and not as wet behind the ears as your column suggests. As I’ve said earlier, was not worried about selection because of a very wise and mature administrative ” Institutional Control” at NC State and was not disappointed. When people ask me what I think of the selection, my answer is a mature coach with great growth potential and no NCAA impediments in sight. Happy alumnus ?

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Former96Heel

Fan expectations doom whomever coaches State’s men. As they will Roy and K’s and Jim B and Rick P’s successors. Conference expansion more or less guaranteed it. Winning in an 8-9 team league against stiff comp was the mark of a HOF coach. Today, winning consistently in the league, much less reaching the fanbase expectations of nets around the necks every year or two, will be virtually impossible for the teams in the mushy middle or way down the charts. . A confluence of events has to happen for UNC-W guy to have long-term success. 1st is school patience. State… Read more »