Wolfpack $mart Pursuit May Rule Out Mizzou

Earlier today I reported that Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden had reached out to VCU Athletic Director Norwood Teague to request permission to speak to Shaka Smart about Mizzou’s basketball coach opening.

Shaka Smart

(Smart: Show-Me That Wolfpack Jack)

Sunday afternoon a source close to the VCU basketball program confirmed to me that Alden left a voicemail with Teague today.

Teague nor Smart has responded to Alden.

I have since confirmed through the same VCU source and a major college athletic director that North Carolina State is in hot pursuit of Smart, with the Wolfpack prepared to offer a more generous financial package that what Missouri was likely to propose to the VCU coach. Read more…

N.C. State To Fire Sidney Lowe, Hire Search Firm

North Carolina State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, who has known for two months that she would fire head basketball coach Sidney Lowe at the end of the Wolfpack’s just-completed season, will make the dismissal official with an announcement this week.

Sidney Lowe

(Yow.)

Yow, who is scheduled to meet with Lowe tomorrow in Raleigh, is expected to hire Parker Executive Search to assist in the new hire. The same firm placed Yow as A.D. at the school last year. Parker typically charges $75,000(!) to help a school place a basketball coach.

N.C. State is offering a considerable sum to coach the team this time around, at $3 million per season. Despite that figure, I’m told high profile candidates for the Wolfpack job will be scarce because of Yow’s tempestuous relationship with Gary Williams when she was the A.D. at Maryland. (They’ll need every last dime of that three-mil to lure legitimate candidates.)

An ACC head basketball coach told me today that Yow has been asking around for months about who she should hire as Lowe’s replacement. Read more…

Maryland AD Under Fire; From Starting QB’s Dad

Meanwhile, over at the INSIDEMD SPORTS.COM message board, a poster is calling for the ouster of University of Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow (pictured below). Not such a big deal … just about everyone at Maryland is unhappy with Yow … baseball coaches, basketball … even him. But there’s one big factor here.

Debbie Yow

The author of the above message happens to be the John Turner, the father of Maryland starting quarterback Chris Turner. He admitted writing the post to a BALTIMORE SUN reporter on Wednesday. And the elder Turner knows about being unpopular and losing your job, believe me. In the early 1980s he was the drummer for the hair metal band Ratt, before being kicked out just before the group made it big. Read more…