Fowler and Oblinger Issue Statements

Raleigh, N.C. - Statements from Athletics Director Lee Fowler and Chancellor James L. Oblinger were issued today regarding Herb Sendek and the NC State basketball program.

"On behalf of the entire NC State community, I would like to thank Herb Sendek and his staff for their 10 successful seasons with our men's basketball program. Herb inherited a program in 1996 that was in need of consistent success, and he brought that back to NC State basketball, beginning in his first season when he led the team to the first of three appearances in the ACC Championship game.

"In addition, he is one of the finest people I have met in my 32 years of college athletics. We wish Herb, Melanie and their three daughters the greatest success as they begin this new phase of his coaching career. For 10 years, they have been wonderful members of our athletics family.

"We will now begin the process of hiring a new men's basketball coach. It will be a national search that will concentrate on finding a candidate that will continue the successful tradition of NC State basketball.

"Chancellor Oblinger and I have talked at length about the type of candidates the university will pursue to fill this vacancy. We will continue to communicate frequently during our search for a new men's basketball coach."

"In his 10 years as the men's basketball coach, Herb Sendek brought integrity, hard work and discipline to our program. Coach Sendek, his family, staff and players have been outstanding representatives of our university. We thank them for all they have done to contribute to our basketball tradition. NC State is a better place because of Coach Sendek's efforts on and off the court and he will always have a special place in the history of Wolfpack basketball.

"We congratulate Coach Sendek on his new position and wish him only the best for the future. As for our future, athletics director Lee Fowler will begin a search for a new coach immediately."

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