I'm sad to see things going this way for Lowe. This year seems to be cementing the idea that he's not going to be able to produce in the crucial areas of wins, post-season appearances, or generating fanbase enthusiasm (which really is just a result of the first two issues).
This year started out with buzz over the incoming talent and the reports that team chemistry was something to see. But the incoming talent is struggling to produce consistent results on the floor...which is to be expected, since they're freshmen. The seats are empty. The team seems strangely listless and uncertain on the court.
Debbie Yow is probably making some very simple calculations: a coach there for 5 years without a noticeable upward trend, even now that he's got his own players to work with; reasonable talent on the court (right now you have to think Brown, Harrow, and Leslie will all be back, along with Harrow, Painter, and Wood) with which to attract a new coach; a tradition-rich ACC school with good facilities with which to attract a new coach; a fan-base that has lost it's basketball enthusiasm. Put all that together and you have to think that, barring a great January-March, she makes a move.
I have hoped that Lowe would make it happen there, but this is a results-oriented business. Even his supporters (like me) have to recognize that State may need to move on.
Brian Zoubek on what was going through his mind walking to the free throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 2010 National Championship game and Duke up by 1: "Fifty percent [of me is] thinking, This is what I've been dreaming of doing my entire life. Fifty percent I'm crapping my pants."