Waiting For The Call

NC State signee Dennis Horner was unavailable for comment, but Pack Pride was able to speak with his mother, Louanne Horner, regarding the reports that Sidney Lowe will be the Wolfpack's new head coach.

NC State signee Dennis Horner was unavailable for comment, but Pack Pride was able to speak with his mother, Louanne Horner, regarding the reports that Sidney Lowe will be the Wolfpack's new head coach.

Admitting that she doesn't follow the NBA, Mrs. Horner stated that she did not know much about Lowe but hopes to speak with him in the near future.

"We don't have any initial reaction because we know nothing about him," she said. "We don't know his personality or any of that. With coach Lowe we don't know anything about how he's going to be."

"We're up in the air with everything right now because we don't know much about him," she added. "I'm not even sure if we can meet him because of the NCAA rules, but I think we can because Dennis is already a property of NC State."

"We really think highly of Larry as a person, not just as a coach."

Although the Horner's are not familiar with Lowe, they could already know a potential member of his coaching staff. Sources have stated that Larry Harris could be returning to NC State as an assistant coach, and if that happens it would certainly help the Wolfpack's chances of keeping Horner in the fold.

"That would help, that would be a big part of our decision," said Mrs. Horner. "We're already familiar with Larry, and we know the type of person he is. We really think highly of Larry as a person, not just as a coach.

"It makes it more of a comfortable situation and a familiar face would be there should Dennis choose to stay with NC State."

Although NCAA rules prohibit college programs from contacting players signed to letters of intent, that doesn't prevent these schools from letting their intentions known through other channels. Should Horner ask out of his letter of intent, expect him to be a hot commodity.

"Dennis hasn't had any contact because schools are not allowed to talk with him, but through the AAU coach he's had some offers from quite a few schools," Mrs. Horner stated. "They have said they have a scholarship for him if he changed his mind about NC State."

It won't be easy for NC State because there is no prior relationship with Lowe. However, even in the beginning of the process the Horner's wanted to find the best overall option for Dennis, and that was NC State. That could still be case.

"I did tell my husband that we didn't just pick the school because of coach Sendek and his staff," said Mrs. Horner. "That was one of the reasons we liked them, but we also liked the facilities, the area, and everything about the school. I told Dennis all throughout the process that you can't pick a school just because of the coach.

"I think we have to take all that into consideration again. We just liked the overall situation at NC State."


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