Let the debacle that has become the coaching search to replace the departed Herb Sendek at NC State be an abject lesson to Maryland fans who think their program is being held back by the current coaching staff. The Wolfpack fans never warmed to Sendek even though he resurrected a program that had flatlined. Still living in the glory days of David Thompson most State fans felt they deserved a coach like Rick Barnes, Tubby Smith or John Calipari. The cold truth is that not one of those coaches would be going to a better program if he left for NC State. The fans in Raleigh are even more delusional than the Kentucky fans so Smith wouldn't find an easier time there. Rick Barnes has built a great foundation in Austin and with super freshman Kevin Durant on the way has a bright future. John Calipari has never proven he can win in a big time conference and with Shawne Williams likely to return he could have a Final Four caliber team next season.
Oklahoma with more recent success than NC State had to settle for Jeff Capel, who has never won anything of note at VCU, as their successor to Kelvin Sampson. Why would Wolfpack fans think they should get someone better?
Truth is that Maryland is probably only slightly more attractive than State. The only two coaches who have been very successful at Maryland are Hall of Fame caliber coaches who won at every school they ever worked at and have about 1,000 career victories between them. With rumors that Cedric Simmons will be testing the NBA draft waters, former Sendek recruits looking elsewhere, and no high profile coach looking interested in their program NC State fans may wish they had not gotten what they wished for.