Audio: Sidney Lowe Press Conference

RALEIGH, NC -- Sidney Lowe was announced as NC State's new men's basketball coach today at the Dail Center. Here is exclusive audio from the press conference.

Sidney Lowe Press Conference (31:22)

Chancellor James Oblinger
"We had a clear focus in mind when the search started. We wanted a coach who would be successful on the court, and one who understood the high academic expectations at NC State."

"Our new coach understands what NC State is all about, and what the people of the state expect of us. When we talk about our players, we talk of student-athletes. [Coach Lowe] will develop both sides of that equation, the student side as well as the athlete side. He will help us produce graduates ready to reach their full potential."

"He knows what it means to be committed to education. He is an adult learner who has balanced work, school, and family to complete a degree."

"Getting to this day was a team effort. Lee Fowler led a search that was not an easy search."

AD Lee Fowler
"This a great day for the Wolfpack Nation. Sidney Lowe is representative of the storied tradition that is NC State basketball. Since his playing days here, he's gained an unbelieveable amount of experience at the game's highest level. That experience, combined with his love for NC State, makes him an excellent choice for this job."

"Sidney called me all through the process, and we talked back and forth."

"Sidney will start to work for us on July 1st. He will continue to carry on his duties with the Detroit Pistons and finish his degree before he comes to NC State."

NC State Head Coach Sidney Lowe
"Let me first thank you and the chancellor for this great opportunity. This is definitely a dream come true for me. We've talked over the years, my feelings about NC State and how I always wanted us to be first."

"I also want to thank our fans, who have been very supportive of me over the years."

"My vision for our team, for this school, we want to do it on both ends. We want to do it in the classroom, and we want to do it on the floor. That takes a lot of commitment."

"I think my story and what I've gone through and to be able to stand here today, hopefully is something our players can look at and say that's the way you stick with something."

"We're going to be committed. We're a family. As I've told my players, there's only one other thing more important to family and that's god."

"I'm looking out in the audience here, and I see some of my former teammates supporting me and that's what it's all about. They know I love them and I appreciate them. I want to see them more and more when I'm here finally, and that's what we want to get back to. We want to get back to having our players around."

"I want these young men to know the history of our school. I want them to know our former players. The guys that were out there sweating and laying it on the line."

"The feeling that I have right now, knowing that I'm going to have my degree, is a feeling that I've never had before. It's a different type of feeling."

"I'm just excited. I'm real excited to get started, get to working with these young men."

"I told them I don't have a lot of rules. Just a few... to play hard, play smart, and play together. But the most important thing and the biggest rule I have is to have fun. You've got to have fun playing. That's my biggest rule, to have fun."

"We're going to get out there and we're going to compete and we're going to restore this thing and get it going again to where it once was."

"I do have some other business to take care of. #23, Lebron James, is waiting for us. We have a game tomorrow afternoon in Detroit."

"We're going to be more uptempo. We want to get up and down the floor."

"I want them to be able to express themselves. We have some excellent athletes and guys that are capable of doing some special things."

"I just want to allow them to be free. We will get up and down the floor."

"We've got some plays, where if we have a big man inside, we're going to throw it to him inside. We might have a big man. He's going to get a lot of shots... a lot of shots."

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