For those of you who have been following O, A, and yours truely know one of the reasons we started blogging instead of writing on message boards is the stupidity we often see the message boards get inundated with. Looks like the dichotomy between bloggers and message boards exists within online communities of other school as well. I indicated below how Lavin and NC State may be talking to each other. Look how some of the posters in the NC State Scout message board responded:
Just to make it better, I'd try to get some serious money together to get Larry Harris back on the payroll for continuity with the team and the recruits.
Lavin would have to assemble a staff, but he'd be very wise to grab somebody who'd give him an attachment to the guys we already have and have relationships with.
Have at it.
In contrast to those posters from Scout.com look how bloggers from StateFanNation (a great NC State blog) responded when they heard the Lavin news:
But, UCLA is UCLA...with little competition on the west coast; not to mention that Lavin inherited the program not too long after they won a National Championship. You need to analyze coaches in comparison to what they have done with their resource base. Lavin managed to go 10-19 in this sixth season (whatever happened to building a program?).
(2) Lavin has been trying to get back into coaching every year since he was fired by UCLA. Nobody has hired him. There is a reason for that. Even more troubling is the fact that despite Lavin's experience as a top assistant coach at Purdue during Gene Keady's best seasons, Purdue chose not to offer their job to Lavin when Keady announced his retirement a couple of years ago.
In the end, NC State needs to pay special attention to its brand management (which is something that Lee Fowler's acceptance of poor performance and years of arguing with the fanbase indicates he can't comprehend.) Why would NC State want to hire any coach that couldn't get the job done to the standards of other schools?