Yow and Stokan’s names come up in N.C. State Athletic Director’s discussion

Posted by Andy Durham on May 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm under College | Read the First Comment

We have had some solid talk on this topic going on here at the site and here is some of what we hit on during the Mid-Morning MadHouse between 10-12 Noon…..

Debbie Yow at Maryland would be a great choice if N.C. State decides to go that route.

Susan Yow has been offered the assistant coaches’ job at Illinois State where former Wolfpack women’s assistant, Stephanie Glance, is now the head coach. Susan Yow has been at Belmont Abbey in recent years….

Debbie Yow was once the Assistant AD at UNCG, to Nelson Bobb and it would be nice to see her return to her home state…..She has done a super job at Maryland….

The name of former N.C State men’s basketball player Gary Stokan has come up…I have never heard of him, but he is the President and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and he said his first move as new N.C. State AD would be to move the men’s basketball games back to the on-campus Reynolds Coliseum…..Stokan said Reynolds Coliseum provides a competitive edge that the RBC Center can never create….

“Move the basketball games back to Reynolds and leave the RBC Center behind”, says Stokan……Stokan also has several renovation ideas for the on-campus Reynolds Coliseum……

Stokan is stokin’ the fires and remember that Debbie Yow oversaw the completion of a new basketball building/facility at Maryland and the total renovation of Byrd Stadium for football with the seating capacity increasing by several thousand……

Here’s what Gary Stokan is staking and there is no real answer on what Stokan is smokin’, but the man does have a vision and is it 20/20 or 2010?????

from on-line at CharlotteObserver.com:

It’s too early to tell whether Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan, who’s a former N.C. State basketball player, will be a target of the school’s search to replace departing athletic director Lee Fowler.

But Stokan did lay out one intriguing and perhaps controversial idea Tuesday when asked whether he is interested in the job. Stokan said N.C. State needs to consider moving its home basketball games back on campus to Reynolds Coliseum.

Since the 1999-2000 season, N.C. State has played near the State Fairgrounds at the RBC Center, which it shares with the Carolina Hurricanes. Fans only fill the stands for home games against the most attractive opponents, and the atmosphere is hardly intimidating for opposing teams.

Reynolds was much louder, and Stokan would like N.C. State to raise the roof there to add suites and extra seating and restore the competitive advantage that the atmosphere there gave the Wolfpack. He acknowledged that more seats at the RBC Center lead to more revenue for athletics, but still would like N.C. State to play in its old home arena.

“I’d move the games back to Reynolds Coliseum” Stokan said. “I think that’s the history and tradition. That court, that facility, was worth five wins a year. To me, Reynolds, Carmichael [Auditorium at UNC] and Cameron [at Duke], there are the three best facilities in the country. I think we’ve lost something. Obviously we’ve gained something with RBC because financially it’s probably a really good situation. I don’t know all the information on it. But I think we’ve lost something with the history and tradition at N.C. State. And I think Duke has capitalized on that and maybe we’ve lost some of that by going to RBC.”

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  • Rabid Wolfpacker said,

    Bring the boys back to Reynolds!!! We rocked that place back in the 70s and 80s!