Calipari calls NC State job "a teriffic one."
This is a respected job in the coaching community. For the average fan, no NC State is not an attractive job. But for the ultra-competitive coaching world going up against Duke and North Carolina is not a negative about the job...its a really good thing. If Arizona had gone 27-9 in the ACC and won the ACC title instead of the Pac 10 then guess what...they are probably sitting as a 2 seed getting ready to face Marquette. Instead, they are a 5 seed getting ready to play Duke in the Sweet 16. Playing Duke and Carolina 3+ times per year (total) has a lot of advantages. Beating them gives you MAJOR MAJOR respect so if a coach thinks he has what it takes to come in and make State a competitor with Duke and North Carolina then he'd be stupid not to take the job.
Let me also clarify that Calipari was low-balled by Lee Fowler the first time around. That dumbass didn't even offer to raise his salary from what he was making at Memphis...so we were dead in the water with him before we could even try to reel him in.
We hired Debbie Yow to make this hire. Everything else she does is just icing on the cake. THIS HIRE is where she will make her salary. I can guarantee you that during her interview she was asked if she had to replace Sid Lowe who would she be interviewing. If she had listed a bunch of mid majors then seh wouldn't have been hired.
Edited by unicar15, 24 March 2011 - 03:30 PM.