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NC State gives Sidney Lowe a vote of confidence

Jeff Eisenberg
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Looks like you're stuck with the man in the cherry red blazer for at least one more season at NC State.

Despite a ghastly 17-41 record in ACC play during his four-year tenure and a 3-11 mark against in-state powers Duke and North Carolina, Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe received a vote of confidence from athletic director Lee Fowler on Friday.

Fowler praised the basketball team's work ethic and attitude, which means he could not possibly have seen NC State's comatose performance in Wednesday's 72-52 loss to Virginia Tech.

"We're disappointed to be 2-8," Fowler told the Raleigh News & Observer. "We want to be 8-2, but we're encouraged by how this group is playing and the group of players we're adding next season."

Ahhh, now we at least get a hint of the real reason Lowe will be returning next season.

Guards Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown and forward Luke Cothron, all among's top 40 recruits in the nation, are each headed to Raleigh next season, while Raleigh native and McDonald's All-American C.J. Leslie is still considering the Wolfpack. If firing Lowe means risking any of them heading elsewhere, that's not something Fowler can do.

So Lowe will get one more chance at NC State – and the guess here is that next season will be make or break. Either the talented young nucleus propels the Wolfpack back to the NCAA tournament as they were accustomed to annually under Herb Sendek, or Lowe's fifth season in Raleigh will be his last.

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