God knows VT would've killed to have Herb Sendek's success at making the NCAAs. It's such a terrible feeling when everybody talks about how great March Madness is yet we never get to even participate, even when we're good. It's crueler than missing a bowl because EVERYONE talks about the NCAA tournament, not to mention unlike a bowl you can have a good year in hoops and still get left out. Any football team who can't hit .500 you're sick of by the end of the season anyways.
Meanwhile, every other single school around us goes. I mean for God's sake JMU made the NCAA tourney last year. I would've bet money that VT would have returned to the NCAAs before them. Norfolk State. Hampton. Motherf'ing Radford has been to the NCAAs more recently than us. I think the only schools who haven't been more recently in this state are like VMI, W&M, and Longwood. That's a sick, sick joke.
I know life hasn't been great for NC State fans. It's gotta be hard to see your rivals shoot into the stratosphere while you're left behind. I can't blame them for wanting to compete with UNC and Duke.
But they should've had something lined up before they showed Sendek the door. I'm sure there are certain NCAA rules regarding contact/hiring coaches, but if you're going to make that kind of power play you need to do everything possible to make it happen. Open up the checkbook and make it impossible to turn down. When the A-list fails, get the top mid-major coach in hoops. Don't risk your program on a guy who's never coached at the college level (and failed at the NBA level), never graduated college, etc. I know I'm not telling you anything you haven't already agonized over though.